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Keep Watch: How the PV monitoring landscape is evolving

Keep Watch: How the PV monitoring landscape is evolving

September 21, 2017 at 10:47 am 0 comments

Monitoring systems have become an integral and ubiquitous component to any well-functioning PV project for years now. As the industry has matured, monitoring ecosystems have evolved from OEM-provided, HMI-style interfaces reminiscent of traditional Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems to modern web apps slinging the latest tech buzzwords. However,Read More

Project of the Year 2017 voting: Commercial & Industrial category

Project of the Year 2017 voting: Commercial & Industrial category

September 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

California Department of Franchise Tax Board Sacramento, Calif.  |   3.6 MW The Franchise Tax Board complex is one of the largest business campuses in northern California, which makes this the state’s largest carport installation (10,400 PV panels), covering 1,276 employee parking spaces, spanning over 622,000 sq ft! Baja’s specializationRead More

Vote here for the 2017 Solar Builder Project of the Year

Vote here for the 2017 Solar Builder Project of the Year

September 10, 2017 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

Finally, a vote in which there are no losers. From remote islands to abandoned mines, from sprawling plains to dense urban areas — this year’s crop of Project of the Year Award nominees might be our most varied yet. This year, we decided to break out three separate categories –Read More

HydroBlox transports water from high head pressure to low head pressure, creating a path of least resistance.

This non-traditional solar site drainage solution could save you thousands

September 5, 2017 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Installing or building the perfect site requires planning beyond the system itself. In ground-mount applications, for example, field drainage is an underrated attribute. Drainage Explained Typically, the energy dissipation methods on a solar site are aggregate, fabric cloth and perforated pipe. This requires excavation and removal of excess soil asRead More

The Ultimate SPI Showcase: Here’s what to see at Solar Power International 2017

The Ultimate SPI Showcase: Here’s what to see at Solar Power International 2017

September 1, 2017 at 10:14 am 0 comments

Big leap for microinverters APsystems will unveil the YC600, a dual-module, smart grid and Rule 21 compliant microinverter at SPI in Las Vegas. A groundbreaking design in microinverter technology, the YC600 will offer the highest peak output power, faster transmission speed and more modules allowed per string than comparable microinverters.Read More

Eye in the Sky: How Momentum Solar doubled its business with aerial imaging software

Eye in the Sky: How Momentum Solar doubled its business with aerial imaging software

August 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm 0 comments

With the help of emerging technologies, the installation and maintenance of solar power sources is both easier and more cost effective than ever before. As a result, more and more homes and businesses will be looking to reap the benefits of this renewable resource, which makes high-resolution, aerial imagery aRead More

What you need to know about the DOE’s Energy Markets and Reliability Report

What you need to know about the DOE’s Energy Markets and Reliability Report

August 24, 2017 at 2:10 pm 0 comments

On the request of Energy Secretary Rick Perry, the Department of Energy conducted a big study on grid resilience and reliability. You can flip through the 181-page PDF here, or you can breeze through these handy bullet points below, which include our own two cents per kWh. Choose wisely. PerryRead More

Solaria uses a direct contact between cells to reduce power loss as well as achieve an all-black look.

How one PV module manufacturer wants to meet the needs of homeowners

August 22, 2017 at 8:00 am 0 comments

For all of the intrinsic value of solar, selling it on a wide-scale to homeowners might depend more on stuff like emotional appeal and aesthetics. This is driving the influx of black PV panels coming onto the market. LG’s NeON series comes in black. Panasonic just released all-black versions ofRead More

How to find the perfect solar + storage projects (start by looking at the rates)

How to find the perfect solar + storage projects (start by looking at the rates)

August 10, 2017 at 8:00 am 0 comments

At the heart of a solar + storage system is a battery, but that heart can’t beat without its brain — the software layer telling it how to operate. For your customers, regardless of battery manufacturer, the software brain is driven by three possible value streams. Peak demand shaving. ThisRead More

System designs like this squeeze as much energy out of your available space as possible.

Why energy density matters — and three ways to maximize it

August 7, 2017 at 9:55 am 0 comments

In previous generations of solar installations, the primary cost-driver was the electricity-generating modules. But in the past five years, as costs for the modules themselves have fallen, myriad other costs have become far more central to making the economics of projects work. The increasing financial burden of fixed-cost items likeRead More

 
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