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PV Pointers: Silicon heterojunction solar cell technology moves beyond the lab

PV Pointers: Silicon heterojunction solar cell technology moves beyond the lab

October 2, 2017 at 9:34 am 0 comments

There’s been lots of buzz about silicon heterojunction [SHJ] solar cells and rightly so. SHJ is one of the more promising solar panel technologies to come along in some time due to its proven ability to improve conversion efficiency. In addition, panels employing SHJ cells have been able to improveRead More

Keep Watch: How the PV monitoring landscape is evolving

Keep Watch: How the PV monitoring landscape is evolving

September 21, 2017 at 10:47 am 0 comments

Monitoring systems have become an integral and ubiquitous component to any well-functioning PV project for years now. As the industry has matured, monitoring ecosystems have evolved from OEM-provided, HMI-style interfaces reminiscent of traditional Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems to modern web apps slinging the latest tech buzzwords. However,Read More

HydroBlox transports water from high head pressure to low head pressure, creating a path of least resistance.

This non-traditional solar site drainage solution could save you thousands

September 5, 2017 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Installing or building the perfect site requires planning beyond the system itself. In ground-mount applications, for example, field drainage is an underrated attribute. Drainage Explained Typically, the energy dissipation methods on a solar site are aggregate, fabric cloth and perforated pipe. This requires excavation and removal of excess soil asRead More

Eye in the Sky: How Momentum Solar doubled its business with aerial imaging software

Eye in the Sky: How Momentum Solar doubled its business with aerial imaging software

August 28, 2017 at 4:26 pm 0 comments

With the help of emerging technologies, the installation and maintenance of solar power sources is both easier and more cost effective than ever before. As a result, more and more homes and businesses will be looking to reap the benefits of this renewable resource, which makes high-resolution, aerial imagery aRead More

Solaria uses a direct contact between cells to reduce power loss as well as achieve an all-black look.

How one PV module manufacturer wants to meet the needs of homeowners

August 22, 2017 at 8:00 am 0 comments

For all of the intrinsic value of solar, selling it on a wide-scale to homeowners might depend more on stuff like emotional appeal and aesthetics. This is driving the influx of black PV panels coming onto the market. LG’s NeON series comes in black. Panasonic just released all-black versions ofRead More

How to find the perfect solar + storage projects (start by looking at the rates)

How to find the perfect solar + storage projects (start by looking at the rates)

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

At the heart of a solar + storage system is a battery, but that heart can’t beat without its brain — the software layer telling it how to operate. For your customers, regardless of battery manufacturer, the software brain is driven by three possible value streams. Peak demand shaving. ThisRead More

System designs like this squeeze as much energy out of your available space as possible.

Why energy density matters — and three ways to maximize it

August 7, 2017 at 9:55 am Comments are Disabled

In previous generations of solar installations, the primary cost-driver was the electricity-generating modules. But in the past five years, as costs for the modules themselves have fallen, myriad other costs have become far more central to making the economics of projects work. The increasing financial burden of fixed-cost items likeRead More

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 Comments are Disabled

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

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

 
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