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Proud to be an American

July 16, 2012 at 8:15 am Comments are Disabled

The U.S. military works toward renewable energy goals through the use of local products and companies. By Yvonne Kendrick Mandated by the Department of Defense to reach 25 percent renewable energy by 2025, leadership at many U.S. military bases are taking a serious look at the benefits of solar energy.Read More

More Bang for Your Buck

More Bang for Your Buck

July 16, 2012 at 8:10 am 1 comment

No developer builds a solar project aiming to get a so-so output of energy. Producing efficient cells that withstand the sun’s heat is a complicated puzzle that manufacturers are tackling head-on. The sun is the main ingredient in solar energy production, but it’s also the most destructive element. As theRead More

Space Savers

Space Savers

July 16, 2012 at 8:05 am Comments are Disabled

Flat rooftops have many obstacles — lights, ducts, vents and more. An all-inclusive one panel mounting system can decrease the need for tricky design layouts. Ole Miss may be nationally known for its football, but it’s no stranger to the green campus movement that has swept across America as universitiesRead More

Protecting Your Assets

Protecting Your Assets

July 16, 2012 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Panel theft might not be the first concern when constructing a solar project, but system protection needs to seriously be considered to ensure the best rate of return. As the number of solar installations grows, so does the threat of theft and burglary of the high-value solar panels. Both roof-mountsRead More

Getting that Competitive Edge

Getting that Competitive Edge

May 14, 2012 at 9:08 am Comments are Disabled

Solar installations help large retailers save costs and better forecast their budgets. Even big-box stores like to save money, and retailers have been turning to solar power more frequently in the last few years as panel and overall system prices have dropped. Knowing electricity prices for the next 20 yearsRead More

Q&A: The Importance of Large Inverters

Q&A: The Importance of Large Inverters

May 14, 2012 at 9:07 am Comments are Disabled

A Q&A with Ryan Parsons, senior solar PV application consultant with Siemens Q: Why is it important in large commercial and utility-scale applications to ensure integration of solar products? A: Integration of equipment is critical to maintain high energy output with highest efficiency at a low overall capital cost overRead More

Improving Tomorrow’s Installers

Improving Tomorrow’s Installers

May 14, 2012 at 9:05 am Comments are Disabled

Krannich Solar offers industry-approved training courses to newbies and veterans looking to learn the right way to build the U.S. solar industry.  Mark Loeser had seen it all in New Jersey solar energy systems — shoddy frameworks, careless installs and just overall bad planning. While the state was creeping closerRead More

A Stahlin enclosure was chosen to house solar inverters on a rooftop installation in California.

Valuable Protection

May 14, 2012 at 9:03 am Comments are Disabled

Choosing the right enclosure material for wires and other solar equipment can prolong the life of the entire system.

Life After Death

Life After Death

May 14, 2012 at 9:01 am Comments are Disabled

As solar modules reach the end of their lifespans, safe disposal options include recycling and reusing.  

Making a Splash

Making a Splash

March 12, 2012 at 9:50 am Comments are Disabled

Often finding that marquee project is the most challenging part of breaking into a new market. Several innovative new-comers joined on one project to dive into the solar industry together. With a strong presence in several infrastructure-related construction markets, including heavy civil, transportation, construction materials and power, Watsonville, Calif.’s GraniteRead More