Articles by: Chris Crowell

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We shift you not: A ground-mount solar system without piles

We shift you not: A ground-mount solar system without piles

June 21, 2018 at 7:00 am 1 comment

At Intersolar North America 2017, we caught wind of a new fixed tilt ground-mount system developed by Nuance Energy, but at the booth there was no physical system on display. Instead, Founder and CEO Brian C. Boguess handed me VR goggles to look through, which now feels appropriate because itRead More

How a transparent, modern grid properly values solar, DER

How a transparent, modern grid properly values solar, DER

June 20, 2018 at 7:00 am 2 comments

Much of our Attack the Tariff campaign is focused on market-based innovations that improve the upfront costs and long-term value for a variety of solar projects. But state-based solutions and local movements often make the biggest impact. In a series of white papers this year, the Solar Energy Industries AssociationRead More

GTM: Future of smart homes tied to voice automation devices, grid response

GTM: Future of smart homes tied to voice automation devices, grid response

June 19, 2018 at 3:32 pm 0 comments

Smart thermostats, connected lighting and electric water heaters offer customers greater awareness and control of their energy consumption. These devices are part of a broader landscape of home energy management technologies. By 2023, 28 percent of U.S. households will deploy smart thermostats; 36 percent will have at least one voiceRead More

MBL-Energy is now pre-certified for solar carport installs at California schools

MBL-Energy is now pre-certified for solar carport installs at California schools

June 19, 2018 at 12:37 pm 0 comments

MBL-Energy has received the first California Division of State Architects (DSA) pre-check certification issued under the newly released 2016 CBC compliance. This certification will enable MBL-Energy to quickly move forward on the design and construction of parking canopies for California public schools and other public works by reducing the permittingRead More

Submit your projects to our Project of the Year awards

Submit your projects to our Project of the Year awards

June 19, 2018 at 10:33 am 0 comments

I started to sum up our July/August issue by saying “it’s all about innovation!” and nearly barfed. Ugh. Innovation. You know what I mean? For one, it’s a word overused to the point of being meaningless. But my gag reflex is caused more by the aura around it. Everyone wantsRead More

Ecolibrium EcoFoot system

Degrees of Separation: How to mount commercial rooftop PV systems to maximize energy

June 19, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

On commercial rooftops, design trends are all about maximizing energy density. Module selection is a huge factor there, but so are the layout and tilt decisions — figuring out the perfect shape and tilt to mount as many modules as possible without compromising their performance. Pairing the right racking systemRead More

SEIA: Additional 25 percent tariff on solar cells, modules from China being considered

SEIA: Additional 25 percent tariff on solar cells, modules from China being considered

June 18, 2018 at 2:15 pm 0 comments

It seems Trump may stoke the trade war flames with China once more after the United States Trade Representative (USTR) published a new list of products covered under the Section 301 action against China for intellectual property (IP) violations. In this new list, the USTR has targeted solar cells andRead More

SunPower’s highest efficiency solar panels to debut at Intersolar Europe this week

SunPower’s highest efficiency solar panels to debut at Intersolar Europe this week

June 18, 2018 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

SunPower will formally introduce its highest efficiency X-Series residential solar panel this week during Intersolar Europe in Munich, Germany. At 370-watts and 22.7-percent efficiency, it is the most efficient solar panel that customers can buy for their home today. “By engineering greater efficiency solar panels, we can fit more wattsRead More

Largest rooftop solar project in the Midwest secured by EcoFoot2+ ballast system

Largest rooftop solar project in the Midwest secured by EcoFoot2+ ballast system

June 18, 2018 at 12:31 pm 0 comments

The Continental Electrical Construction Co. (CECCo) chose Ecolibrium Solar’s EcoFoot2+ Ballasted Racking System to secure a 3.5 MW solar array – has been successfully delivered to the job site at Magid Glove and Safety Manufacturing Company in Romeoville, Ill. When completed in November 2018, the array will be the largestRead More

SolarEdge files lawsuit against Huawei for patent infringement

SolarEdge files lawsuit against Huawei for patent infringement

June 18, 2018 at 11:52 am 0 comments

SolarEdge Technologies has filed a lawsuit for patent infringement against Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., a Chinese entity, Huawei Technologies Düsseldorf GmbH, a German entity, and WATTKRAFT Solar GmbH, a German distributor for Huawei. The lawsuit, filed in the Regional Court of Mannheim in Germany, one of the most pre-eminent GermanRead More