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New York to fast-track large-scale solar project permitting

New York to fast-track large-scale solar project permitting

April 7, 2020 at 11:31 am 1 comment

Here’s something helpful: New York State leaders enacted critical, pro-solar provisions as part of the New York state budget this week. David Gahl, senior director of state affairs, northeast for the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), had this to say about it: “We commend Governor Cuomo, Speaker Heastie, and MajorityRead More

OMG Roofing Products debuts new solar PV attachment anchor for commercial roofs

OMG Roofing Products debuts new solar PV attachment anchor for commercial roofs

April 6, 2020 at 4:10 pm 0 comments

OMG Roofing Products has introduced PowerGrip Universal 7 (PGU-7), a rooftop attachment anchor for mounting solar racking systems and other products to virtually any commercial roof. PGU-7 units are designed to reduce or eliminate the need for ballast in solar racking systems, so there’s less weight, material handling and laborRead More

OutBack Power charge controllers now compatible with Tigo Energy rapid shutdown solutions

OutBack Power charge controllers now compatible with Tigo Energy rapid shutdown solutions

April 6, 2020 at 9:57 am 0 comments

OutBack Power and its FLEXmax charge controllers are now compatible with Tigo Energy Inc.’s Fire Safety solution device to meet NEC 2017 module-level rapid shutdown. The tested compatibility includes Tigo’s Fire Safety – TS4-F integrated for smart modules and TS4-A-F add-on for existing PV systems – with OutBack’s FLEXmax 100 and FLEXmax 100Read More

Solar Distancing: The value of solar + storage system monitoring

Solar Distancing: The value of solar + storage system monitoring

April 3, 2020 at 3:54 pm 0 comments

Solar + storage systems aren’t set it and forget it. Or, they shouldn’t be at least. Homeowners and installers can utilize monitoring systems to better understand their energy usage, keep watch of their system ROI / performance and catch any potential issues before they become big problems. John Webber (#WorldWideWebber),Read More

Solar Distancing: Choosing among your solar + storage battery options

Solar Distancing: Choosing among your solar + storage battery options

April 2, 2020 at 6:22 pm 0 comments

You know you want solar + energy storage, but there are a bunch of battery options to choose from — varying in performance, price and fit for the application. Jorge Guzman, energy storage product specialist for Outback Power, walks us through the questions to ask, and explains the differences inRead More

Good news: Maryland just made it easier to interconnect solar and storage to the grid

Good news: Maryland just made it easier to interconnect solar and storage to the grid

April 2, 2020 at 3:29 pm 0 comments

The Maryland Public Service Commission adopted updated rules this week for connecting distributed energy resources (such as solar and energy storage systems) to the electric grid. The updated rules will improve the efficiency of the interconnection process for customers and utilities, increase grid transparency, and enable a clearer pathway forRead More

Are delays disrupting your solar PV project schedule? The Osprey PowerPlatform might be your answer

Are delays disrupting your solar PV project schedule? The Osprey PowerPlatform might be your answer

April 2, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Picture this: You’re a solar EPC that got bank rolled for X-amount of PV projects for the year and you are now relying on third-party vendors that are now delayed and you can’t mobilize to the job site. You are stuck, forced to pay close attention to cash flow. It’sRead More

Solar Distancing: Can batteries and generators coexist on the same system?

Solar Distancing: Can batteries and generators coexist on the same system?

April 1, 2020 at 5:10 pm 0 comments

So you have a generator and want to add batteries and solar. Or, you have a solar + storage system and want to add a generator. Can you even do this? And is it worth it? Paul Dailey, director of product & market strategy with Outback Power, shares his thoughts,Read More

Solar developer OneEnergy Renewables names new CEO

Solar developer OneEnergy Renewables names new CEO

April 1, 2020 at 1:09 pm 0 comments

OneEnergy Renewables named Tobin Booth its new CEO. Booth succeeds Bill Eddie, who co-founded OneEnergy and has served as its CEO. Eddie will continue as a key member of the company’s leadership team as Chief Commercial Officer where he will focus on business and partnership development. “Tobin joining OneEnergy marksRead More

Solar Distancing: How to add energy storage to a grid-tied solar PV system

Solar Distancing: How to add energy storage to a grid-tied solar PV system

March 31, 2020 at 5:15 pm 0 comments

If a home already has an existing solar PV system, energy storage can be added as a retrofit via AC coupling — as long as you have the right inverter in place and understand the nuances. Ian McCluskey, Associate Product Manager for Outback Power, explains how to do it, andRead More