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PV Pointers: How to future-proof PV systems with a storage-ready inverter

PV Pointers: How to future-proof PV systems with a storage-ready inverter

March 23, 2017 at 12:08 pm 0 comments

You don’t need to install a battery (yet) to give solar customers a next-gen solar-plus-storage system. Your customer wants reassurance Solar-plus-storage is finally ready for mainstream adoption, thanks to technology enhancements in DC-coupled inverters and continued cost reductions in smart battery technology. Batteries with grid-tied PV will soon be theRead More

How to optimize performance and profit through O&M monitoring

How to optimize performance and profit through O&M monitoring

March 20, 2017 at 10:48 am 1 comment

As the solar industry matures well past the early adopter stages, smart asset management and operations and maintenance (O&M) practices have increasingly become the focus of savvy solar plant owners and investors. Optimizing uptime has now become a critical foundation of ROI, and one of the keys to achieving optimizedRead More

1,500-volt systems to trend in 2017: Here’s what you need to know

1,500-volt systems to trend in 2017: Here’s what you need to know

March 14, 2017 at 6:06 am 1 comment

Large-scale solar projects are heading into yet another sea change: the 1,500-volt PV system (Vdc). The idea behind the voltage increase is the same now as it was during the move from 600 volts to 1,000 volts — further reduce installation costs and increase profitability by reducing the number ofRead More

2017 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

2017 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

March 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm 3 comments

Inverters are the brains of the PV system, and if you want to tease out this metaphor (and I do), the comparison is deeper than just “the part that does the thinking.” Really, looking at the latest studies in neuroscience, you could flip the cliché — brains are maybe theRead More

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Inverter experts explain how to best calculate levelized cost of energy

March 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is one of the most important metrics used for judging the value of a PV system. It is also less easily understood and seemingly open to interpretation. How am I really calculating this figure? What is sitting outside this calculation? Ask five inverter companies, andRead More

Q&A: Seaward talks solar data trends and its cool new gizmo

Q&A: Seaward talks solar data trends and its cool new gizmo

February 28, 2017 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Solar Builder: What is the most important data analytics trend or innovation that installers should be paying attention to? Mark Barron of Seaward Solar: Along with ensuring electrical safety on both new and existing installations, it’s also important to measure the actual system performance. Customers invest considerable funds into solarRead More

Solar thermal Q&A: What are the trends in 2017, and how does an installer get started?

Solar thermal Q&A: What are the trends in 2017, and how does an installer get started?

February 22, 2017 at 11:26 am 0 comments

For an update on what’s happening with solar thermal, we chatted with Bob Leckinger, CEO of FAFCO, the oldest and largest US commercial and residential solar thermal manufacturer with more than 200,000 customers. FAFCO recently launched the nation’s first-ever, commercially viable, combined solar electric/thermal system, CoolPV. This panel technology providesRead More

The Holistic Home: We peer into the future of home energy generation, usage

The Holistic Home: We peer into the future of home energy generation, usage

February 20, 2017 at 1:19 pm 1 comment

The mid-term growth of the U.S. residential solar-plus-storage market will be nothing short of phenomenal, as the seamless melding of generation, storage and energy management emerges in single, overarching systems. Yes, we might finally be headed there — the 1950s vision of the all-electric GE kitchen of the future, butRead More

Solar Power Northeast: Utility model ‘is not only energy inefficient, it’s financially inefficient’

Solar Power Northeast: Utility model ‘is not only energy inefficient, it’s financially inefficient’

February 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm 3 comments

Before it can take up a larger portion of the grid, solar technology must prove its economic worth, or so we’ve all been told. That is definitely still a charge for the industry going forward, but during the opening session at Solar Power Northeast, Richard Kauffman, New York’s chairman ofRead More

How data can shift the energy market to solar

How data can shift the energy market to solar

February 13, 2017 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

The solar community, and the energy industry in general, has not yet realized the potential of data. It seems to be a vague and elusive concept — more sensors, more things to keep track of, more things that can break and more things to buy when reducing cost is paramount.Read More

 
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