Post Tagged with: "November December 2016 Print Issue"

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PV Pointers: Tips for mounting PV on a low-slope roof

January 2, 2017 at 8:00 am 1 comment

What is a low slope roof? As defined by National Roofing Contractors Association, the pitch of a low-slope roof is equal to or less than 3:12, seen in Fig. 1. Before a low-slope rooftop system is designed, perform a structural evaluation of the roof deck, structural evaluation of the building,Read More

Solar Frontier’s 900 MW plant in Japan provided the scale needed to improve pricing.

Thin-Film in 2016: Don’t look now, but thin-film PV is positioned for growth

December 19, 2016 at 10:26 am Comments are Disabled

A narrative has formed around thin-film PV modules that doesn’t totally match the reality. Initially neck and neck with crystalline silicon as the solar industry grew in the ‘90s, some high-profile big bets, headlined by Solyndra, did not pay off. We won’t rehash that old territory, but where previous technologyRead More

Driving pile in Minnesota: How Landwehr handles longer than normal piles up north

Driving pile in Minnesota: How Landwehr handles longer than normal piles up north

December 12, 2016 at 10:25 am Comments are Disabled

Large-scale solar projects are becoming more common in Minnesota, and as you might expect, installation of these projects requires a different approach than large-scale projects in those popular desert climates. An example would be a new 5 MW AC Project south of the Twin Cities. On approximately 20 acres, twoRead More

2016 Project of the Year Editor’s Choice: No Energy Left Behind

2016 Project of the Year Editor’s Choice: No Energy Left Behind

December 5, 2016 at 10:31 am 1 comment

We say it every year: When it comes to solar projects, we are all winners. We already announced the winners of our 2016 Project of the Year vote, but we at Solar Builder liked a bunch of the other submissions too. Here is the fourth and final entry in our series ofRead More

2016 Editor’s Choice Projects of the Year: Beyond the Project Impact

2016 Editor’s Choice Projects of the Year: Beyond the Project Impact

November 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm 1 comment

We say it every year: When it comes to solar projects, we are all winners. We already announced the winners of our 2016 Project of the Year vote, but we at Solar Builder liked a bunch of the other submissions too. Here is the third in our series of Editor’s Choice winners. TheseRead More

Financing beyond FICO: Using asset-backed loans, PACE to get solar deals done

Financing beyond FICO: Using asset-backed loans, PACE to get solar deals done

November 28, 2016 at 9:05 am 3 comments

  A solar system as an investment for a homeowner or business has value that goes beyond a typical property improvement purchase or equipment upgrade. Because PV offers both ecological benefits and economic advantages for a property, new and unconventional financing vehicles are available — and can be offered byRead More

2016 Editor’s Choice Projects of the Year: Community Spirit

2016 Editor’s Choice Projects of the Year: Community Spirit

November 22, 2016 at 8:07 am 1 comment

We say it every year: When it comes to solar projects, we are all winners. We already announced the winners of our 2016 Project of the Year vote, but we at Solar Builder liked a bunch of the other submissions too. Here is the second in our series of Editor’sRead More

2016 Editor’s Choice Projects of the Year: Solving space limitations

2016 Editor’s Choice Projects of the Year: Solving space limitations

November 14, 2016 at 9:22 am 3 comments

We say it every year: When it comes to solar projects, we are all winners. We already announced the winners of our 2016 Project of the Year vote, but we at Solar Builder liked a bunch of the other submissions too. Welcome to the first in our series of Editor’sRead More

Solar Builder Project of The Year Winner: Staten Solar’s Levee Mount

Solar Builder Project of The Year Winner: Staten Solar’s Levee Mount

November 7, 2016 at 12:23 pm 1 comment

Levee Mount Category: Ground-Mount (C&I) Delano, Calif. | 522 kW The agricultural segment has a conundrum when it comes to adding solar: it could benefit greatly from the power generation, but dedicating too much land for a sizable enough project will cut too deeply into its revenue. Wasting productive landRead More

Solar Builder Project of The Year Winner: Moapa Southern Paiute Solar

Solar Builder Project of The Year Winner: Moapa Southern Paiute Solar

November 7, 2016 at 11:15 am 3 comments

Moapa Southern Paiute Solar Category: Ground-Mount (utility-scale) Moapa, Nev. | 353 MW You may remember this project first appearing in our Sept./Oct. issue in which we highlighted the importance of the ground screws in completing the project. It was entered into the Project of the Year awards shortly thereafter andRead More