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Solect Energy launches commercial energy storage division

Solect Energy launches commercial energy storage division

December 4, 2017 at 11:11 am 0 comments

Solect Energy, one of Massachusetts’ top commercial-scale solar developers with over 400 installed projects, is now launching an energy storage division. In launching the new division, Solect has signed an agreement with NEC Energy Solutions, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, to sell NEC’s DSS (Distributed Storage Solution) product lineRead More

Altus Power America is investing $150 million in large-scale solar projects

Altus Power America is investing $150 million in large-scale solar projects

December 4, 2017 at 10:56 am 0 comments

Altus Power America has increased its investment capital by $150 million and is earmarking it for investments in larger commercial, community and small utility scale solar projects. These types of projects offer lower yields since their cash flow and off-taker profile is typically lower risk than many distributed generation C&IRead More

Alencon’s SPOT X2 DC-to-DC optimizer can boost utility-scale PV plant performance.

Close the Gap: How to revive lagging large-scale PV project performance

December 4, 2017 at 10:46 am 0 comments

A completed PV project is like a splashy free agent sports signing. Everyone is all pumped up at the ribbon cutting or press conference, but if it underperforms and misses expectations, that goodwill is gone. Live up to that contract or get booed. In a world where new utility-scale projectsRead More

JLM Energy's Phazr MicroStorage mounts easily on solar racking and plugs into the microinverter and solar panel with MC4 connectors, virtually eliminating design and installation costs. Phazr comes in 7 sizes to pair directly with the solar panel wattage. Two Phazr's can go behind each panel for up to 5 hours energy storage. Phazr has no single point of failure and provides the lowest total cost of ownership for energy storage on the market today. Works for Residential & Commercial applications. (PRNewsfoto/JLM Energy)

Arizona Public Services territory sees a bunch of Phazr MicroStorage installs to shave peak demand charges

December 4, 2017 at 10:38 am 0 comments

JLM Energy has installed and commissioned more than a dozen residential Phazr MicroStorage plus solar projects in locations throughout the greater Phoenix metropolitan area in both Salt River Project (SRP) and Arizona Public Service (APS) territories. In SRP territory, customers can avoid peak demand charges by using energy storage toRead More

SMA’s utility-scale storage inverters now all UL-listed

SMA’s utility-scale storage inverters now all UL-listed

November 30, 2017 at 12:34 pm 0 comments

SMA just announced two new power classes for its utility-scale storage product portfolio. Now available, the Sunny Central Storage 2750-EV-US for 1,500 V projects has achieved UL 62109 listing, and the Sunny Central Storage 2475-US for 1,000 V projects has achieved UL 1741 listing. Other products in the line-up, includingRead More

GRID Alternatives earns workforce development grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

GRID Alternatives earns workforce development grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation

November 30, 2017 at 12:25 pm 0 comments

GRID Alternatives, a national leader in making clean, affordable solar power and solar jobs accessible to low-income communities and communities of color, announced today a $500,000 grant from Bank of America Charitable Foundation to support its SolarCorps Fellowship Program. This national grant builds on the bank’s past support for GRIDRead More

PV Pointer: Why mass-customized solutions win in utility-scale solar

PV Pointer: Why mass-customized solutions win in utility-scale solar

November 30, 2017 at 9:18 am 0 comments

SunLink started designing solar mounting systems in 2004 when the concept of commercial rooftop solar was novel. The first systems were custom designed for the particular application because everything was new. Needless to say these first arrays were inordinately expensive by today’s standards, but the success of those installations helpedRead More

Hannah Solar to design solar+storage microgrid at U.S. Air Force base on Wake Island

Hannah Solar to design solar+storage microgrid at U.S. Air Force base on Wake Island

November 30, 2017 at 9:04 am 0 comments

The U.S. Air Force is adding a microgrid with PV and storage on their remote base in Wake Island, and Hannah Solar Government Services (HSGS) will be handling the design, engineering and construction. The funding for this award comes from the Department of Defense (DoD) Energy Conservation Investment Program (ECIP).Read More

Ohio PUC to update state net metering rules (for the worse?)

Ohio PUC to update state net metering rules (for the worse?)

November 29, 2017 at 1:17 pm 0 comments

The Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) updated rules that govern net metering in the state, and the changes have some positives and negatives for the solar industry. The positives are in the consistency. The updated rules address the types and sizes of qualifying electric generation facilities, and the rateRead More

Schneider Electric expands power ratings of Conext SmartGen inverter line

Schneider Electric expands power ratings of Conext SmartGen inverter line

November 29, 2017 at 12:50 pm 0 comments

Schneider Electric Solar has extended its Conext SmartGen inverter power ratings for greater flexibility and optimization of both small and large utility power plants. For large scale power plants, the CS2200 is now available and is optimized for 4.4 MW stations using two inverters. To expand the power ratings forRead More