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Solar tracking system advancements: What’s the impact over the life of a PV plant?

Solar tracking system advancements: What’s the impact over the life of a PV plant?

July 31, 2017 at 2:10 pm 0 comments

The goal of a solar tracking system is to boost the lifetime energy production of a given site, somewhere between 20 to 30 percent over a 30-year period. But this is not a “set-it-and-forget-it” proposition. Today’s tracker systems are more advanced than ever before, but they require an operations andRead More

How do we solve the utility identity crisis? SEPA pushes for ideas

How do we solve the utility identity crisis? SEPA pushes for ideas

July 31, 2017 at 11:01 am 0 comments

Disruption within the electric power sector has led to a changing, and sometimes unclear, role for U.S. utilities — uncertainty that has resulted in delayed investment in critical infrastructure for a 21st century grid and, sometimes, an unnecessary rift between utilities and renewable energy industries. So, instead of mapping outRead More

Top 4 things solar businesses must know about trademarks

Top 4 things solar businesses must know about trademarks

July 27, 2017 at 8:09 am 0 comments

What’s the first thing that clients see when they get to your office, or when they recommend your solar services to friends and family? Your business’ name, of course. As the embodiment of your brand’s identity, your firm’s name is one of its greatest assets. But if you don’t haveRead More

When is the solar-plus-storage era going to get here?

When is the solar-plus-storage era going to get here?

July 25, 2017 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

You know how when you can see mountains in the distance, and it looks like they are maybe only a mile or two away but really they are 100 miles away? This is our perception of solar-plus-storage — the most visible topic towering over the industry for the last fewRead More

Intersolar North America Showcase: Here’s what to see at this year’s trade show

Intersolar North America Showcase: Here’s what to see at this year’s trade show

June 26, 2017 at 10:45 am Comments are Disabled

APsystems: True three-phrase microinverters APsystems boasts an industry best-selling 3-phase solar microinverter and the industry’s first true 3-phase (phase-balanced & phase-monitored) unit, the YC1000-3. This model handles 208V or 277Y/480V grid voltages with 900 watts maximum output, 95 percent peak efficiency and comes with ZigBee communication and integrated ground. AtRead More

GTM Research predicts solar market doomsday scenario if Suniva’s proposal is approved

GTM Research predicts solar market doomsday scenario if Suniva’s proposal is approved

June 26, 2017 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

If SEIA’s 88,000 job loss warning wasn’t enough, GTM Research has published a chilling report on the devastating impact Suniva’s new trade dispute would have on the U.S. solar market if their proposals were imposed. If Suniva’s petition is successful, GTM says it will erase two-thirds of what’s expected toRead More

Solar projects have so much potential when viewed as a collective bundle, like this group of 30 rooftop arrays Standard Solar is installing for the Washington, D.C., Department of General Services that combine for a total of 7 MW (pictured here).

Urban Planning: Commercial rooftops are biggest void, opportunity in solar

June 19, 2017 at 12:29 pm Comments are Disabled

Commercial rooftops offer a ton of potential job opportunities for solar installers and developers going forward. Analysts at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimate a technical potential of 1,118 GW of capacity and 1,432 TWh of annual energy generation, equivalent to 39 percent of the nation’s electricityRead More

Snake Tray has developed a cable conveyance system that maintains a specific separation between cables that eliminates the need for upsizing cable gauges due to the derating cable because of bundling or piping.

Wire management: What to look for when planning, purchasing your next solar system

June 12, 2017 at 7:19 am Comments are Disabled

Wires are good for two things: 1) Installing a kick-ass PV system 2) Tripping people up. To accomplish the first, you must avoid the second at all costs, which means implementing a sound wire management plan on projects of all sizes. Planning Just like the rest of the system, planningRead More

How to use tracker control systems to your advantage

How to use tracker control systems to your advantage

June 5, 2017 at 1:31 pm Comments are Disabled

In the December 2016 Solar Builder, I discussed the industry evolution from passive to active and dynamic systems. Here’s a primer on control systems and how to make them work for your project. The Basics Clients frequently ask how trackers will respond to a given condition. Your tracker manufacturer willRead More

Photo: Quick Mount PV’s E-Mount Lag

We look at the pros and cons of rail and rail-less PV mounting systems

May 30, 2017 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Should you go with a rail or rail-less PV mounting system on your next installation? Depending on who you ask, you will get strong opinions for both. I liken the choice to dieting. Don’t eat meat! Actually, don’t eat carbs! No, it’s sugar that’s the killer! Milk is bad! YouRead More

 
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