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Did Suniva just start a global trade war? A quick summary

Did Suniva just start a global trade war? A quick summary

April 27, 2017 at 9:32 am 1 comment

It started with the Suniva bankruptcy earlier this month. Well, that’s not quite true because U.S.-based solar manufacturers have been crying foul regarding unfair competition from cell and module imports for awhile, but after filing for chapter 11, Suniva hit the button and filed a petition for global safeguards underRead More

Ask an Expert: Inverter manufacturers give us their best troubleshooting advice

Ask an Expert: Inverter manufacturers give us their best troubleshooting advice

April 25, 2017 at 6:39 am 1 comment

Wi-Fi Can Cause Communication Issues Christopher Barrett, director of technical services, APsystems We often see issues our installers are facing related to communication, often due to misplacement of the gateway or an unreliable internet connection. Following best practices recommended by the manufacturer will help installers reduce repeat site visits toRead More

Top 5 battery installation issues for solar installers

Top 5 battery installation issues for solar installers

April 17, 2017 at 10:30 am Comments are Disabled

With the right installation, battery banks can provide reliable power for years. In this article, you’ll discover how to avoid costly, hard-to-diagnose battery installation mistakes, and you’ll learn a holistic approach that prevents costly errors long before installation. 1. Not Starting with Efficiency Each additional kWh of energy demand requiresRead More

A simpler method for purifying silicon could cut energy use in purification by two thirds. Photo credit: Silicor Materials.

How up-stream improvements in module manufacturing could impact the solar industry

April 13, 2017 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Lower costs and a better environmental track record benefit the entire solar industry. Yet downstream solar is where cost reduction opportunities often seem the largest and where environmental sustainability pressures appear most acute. Developers are faced with a range of options for bringing down the cost of solar. They alsoRead More

Keys to inverter service: Data granularity, remote updates, customer relations

Keys to inverter service: Data granularity, remote updates, customer relations

April 10, 2017 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Services for solar inverters are improving markedly, from commissioning through replacement, as the flow of panel and string-level data becomes more granular, fueling more sophisticated monitoring systems. From string inverters at a commercial and industrial (C&I) level, to microinverters now dominant in the residential market, manufacturers are embracing dynamic improvementsRead More

Engineers discuss field test of PanelClaw’s new Panda Bear Ground Mount

Engineers discuss field test of PanelClaw’s new Panda Bear Ground Mount

April 3, 2017 at 11:20 am Comments are Disabled

Preventing a Solar Slide As solar energy becomes more popular in the marketplace, the technology continues to improve and become more cost effective. The rapid pace of development and highly competitive environment has incentivized solar companies to better understand how their products interact with the surrounding environment. As an example,Read More

Arc fault detection is still a problem for PV systems – meet a possible solution

Arc fault detection is still a problem for PV systems – meet a possible solution

March 27, 2017 at 8:43 am Comments are Disabled

Arc fault events are a pain point in the solar industry for the threat they pose to PV systems and, maybe more so, for the detection headaches they cause. Everyone reading this is nodding along, thinking of the times a system they installed was falsely tripped or, even worse, whenRead More

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 Comments are Disabled

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

 
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