Articles by: Chris Crowell

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Grid Neutral: How this DC transformerless inverter brings affordable off-grid power to the grid

Grid Neutral: How this DC transformerless inverter brings affordable off-grid power to the grid

January 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm 0 comments

The latest advancements in solar + storage systems have been a departure from the history in this category — mainly, doomsday preppers and hippies getting off the grid, man. No, the solutions of tomorrow are grid-tied but built to reduce a home’s dependency on the grid, using time of useRead More

Mercom: Solar sector sets record for project acquisitions in 2018 as total corporate funding drops

Mercom: Solar sector sets record for project acquisitions in 2018 as total corporate funding drops

January 10, 2019 at 11:57 am 0 comments

Mercom Capital Group’s annual report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in 2018 shows a 24 percent drop in total global corporate funding compared to the $12.8 billion raised in 2017. “2018 was a year filled with uncertainties which started with Section 201 tariffsRead More

Calyxo increases its thin-film module output by 20 percent (what’s next?)

Calyxo increases its thin-film module output by 20 percent (what’s next?)

January 10, 2019 at 11:05 am 0 comments

TS Solar Calyxo GmbH has again significantly increased the efficiency of its thin-film solar modules. The European market leader from Bitterfeld-Wolfen improved the output of its modules by around 20 percent from an average of 90 watts to 111 watts per module. The efficiency of the modules reads now 15.4Read More

REC Group just doubled its solar panel warranties, improved power guarantees

REC Group just doubled its solar panel warranties, improved power guarantees

January 10, 2019 at 9:59 am 0 comments

REC Group, the largest European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, announced new product and power warranties on its REC TwinPeak and REC N-Peak high performance solar panels. Applicable to all deliveries since October 1, 2018, REC has doubled the product warranty duration from 10 to 20 years across theRead More

SolarEdge EV-charging inverter now works with Google Assistant

SolarEdge EV-charging inverter now works with Google Assistant

January 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm 1 comment

SolarEdge says its EV-charging solar inverter — already the first of its kind out there — now works with Google Assistant to make EV charging simpler for consumers and to better integrate all smart home solutions. “Smart homes have mainly been about convenience and interconnectivity, but the next step ofRead More

RPCS turns to TerraSmart ground screws on challenging Nebraska solar tracker project

RPCS turns to TerraSmart ground screws on challenging Nebraska solar tracker project

January 9, 2019 at 9:04 am 0 comments

RPCS partnered with GenPro Energy Solutions and the City of Atkinson to build a 209-kW solar array in Nebraska on a particularly challenging site. The city formerly used the Atkinson-owned site for fill, a place where soil, trees, and debris were brought then covered with dirt. This created embedment depthsRead More

Report: Replacing Colorado’s coal plants with solar, wind would save $250 million per year

Report: Replacing Colorado’s coal plants with solar, wind would save $250 million per year

January 9, 2019 at 8:17 am 0 comments

A new report commissioned by Community Energy Inc. finds that replacing Colorado’s aging coal plants with a mix of wind and solar backed by battery storage and natural gas would save Colorado electric customers almost $250 million per year, roughly $2.5 billion in net present value through 2040. The modelingRead More

New junction box from TE Connectivity attaches to edge of PV panels (no holes needed)

New junction box from TE Connectivity attaches to edge of PV panels (no holes needed)

January 9, 2019 at 7:54 am 0 comments

TE Connectivity‘s new SOLARLOK PV Edge decentralized junction box that can be attached to glass-to-glass photovoltaic panels without drilling holes. The new junction box aims to reduce installation costs, raise energy outputs from the panels and improve reliability. Glass-to-glass photovoltaic cells continue to increase in efficiency, fall in price, andRead More

SEIA promotes bill to revamp South Carolina’s outdated energy market rules

SEIA promotes bill to revamp South Carolina’s outdated energy market rules

January 8, 2019 at 4:36 pm 0 comments

The solar industry has had its sights set on South Carolina since the ball dropped. There was this broad coalition urging action within the first 100 days of 2019, and now SEIA is following up, urging South Carolina’s Legislature to pass Senate Bill 332 (sponsored by Senator Tom Davis, R-Beaufort)Read More

Duke Energy Florida brings massive Hamilton Solar Power Plant online

Duke Energy Florida brings massive Hamilton Solar Power Plant online

January 8, 2019 at 1:18 pm 0 comments

The new 74.9-megawatt (MW) Hamilton Solar Power Plant in Jasper, Fla., is now operation, according to Duke Energy. The plant’s carbon-free power is enough to energize more than 20,000 homes at peak production. The Hamilton plant is part of the company’s strategic commitment to install or acquire 700 MW ofRead More