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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 0 comments

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

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

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

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

Three PV modules to watch in 2017

Three PV modules to watch in 2017

February 7, 2017 at 3:41 pm 1 comment

Solar panels are too often lumped into an “all modules are essentially the same” bucket. Many argue that modules have been commoditized and that attempting to differentiate between them is a wasted effort. This is fundamentally not true. Here are three great examples of innovative solar panels just now hittingRead More

Are solar roofs the next big thing?

Are solar roofs the next big thing?

February 6, 2017 at 11:00 am 1 comment

Suffice it to say, 2016 was a roller coaster year for the solar roof market. Twelve months ago, there was little general interest in the solar shingle market. Roof-integrated solar was seen as a niche market appealing to the few willing to pay the markup for a more expensive andRead More

Q&A: We get the inside scoop on Terrasmart’s new Robo-Surveyor

Q&A: We get the inside scoop on Terrasmart’s new Robo-Surveyor

January 30, 2017 at 11:06 am 1 comment

Going into 2017, everything you know about solar site surveying has changed, at least according to TerraSmart. Making its debut at the 2016 Solar Power International, TerraSmart’s Autonomous Precision Survey Rover (APSR) does just as the name suggests and automates the surveying process. Soon, a larger model will be ableRead More

A New Connection: How the cell-optimizer, string inverter combo could change PV systems

A New Connection: How the cell-optimizer, string inverter combo could change PV systems

January 23, 2017 at 2:26 pm 5 comments

Life is all about making connections. You never know when that former grade school pal will suddenly pop back into your life and cut you a good deal on car insurance (thanks, Joey), or, more relevant to this article, when two international companies form a close working relationship in oneRead More

 
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