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Resolving Complexities in a Landfill Community Solar Project, part 3: The COVID-19 Challenge

July 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Located on the outskirts of Beverly, Mass., in Essex County, the Beverly Community Solar Project was four and a half years in the making. Early challenges included waiting for an open incentive program that would make the project economically viable. In late 2018, Massachusetts introduced its new solar incentive program,Read More

In 1945, Günter Fronius laid the foundations for Fronius International GmbH, which today ranks among the world’s leading innovators in the fields of welding technology, photovoltaics, and battery charging technology.

From regional repair shop to global brand: Fronius celebrates 75 years in business

June 25, 2020 at 11:12 am 0 comments

You might not expect this of a company known in our world for its solar inverter technology, but Fronius has been in business for 75 years. What began in 1945 as a one-man business based on a simple idea is now part of the industrial landscape, growing over the pastRead More

Beverly Landfill Community Solar

Resolving Complexities in a Landfill Community Solar Project, part 1: Development

June 25, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Located on the outskirts of Beverly, Mass., in Essex County, the Beverly Community Solar Project was four and a half years in the making. Early challenges included waiting for an open incentive program that would make the project economically viable. In late 2018, Massachusetts introduced its new solar incentive program,Read More

How radiant heat increases injury, illness risk for rooftop solar workers (and four prevention tips)

How radiant heat increases injury, illness risk for rooftop solar workers (and four prevention tips)

June 23, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Working on a rooftop, closer to the sun and out of the shade, puts workers at increased risk for heat injuries and illnesses. The good news is that heat illnesses are 100 percent preventable if you understand what happens to the body while it’s working on that hot rooftop. The scienceRead More

IEEFA: Outdated Bureau of Land Management policies hinder solar development

IEEFA: Outdated Bureau of Land Management policies hinder solar development

June 19, 2020 at 10:19 am 0 comments

The largest property owner in the U.S.—the Bureau of Land Management (BLM)—has acreage set aside for utility-scale solar development on only 0.03% of the roughly 100 million acres it manages across the sun-rich Southwest, finds a report published by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. The report notesRead More

Roof assessment checklist for rack-mounted solar installs

Roof assessment checklist for rack-mounted solar installs

June 17, 2020 at 8:00 am 2 comments

The technology and techniques for mounting solar panels on roofs has been around for a surprisingly long time (as early as 1884). Thanks to that history and the improvement of techniques over time, rack-mounted solar panels present the lowest financial barrier to homeowners considering solar. There are, however, many thingsRead More

Managing Risk for Maximum Value in Residential PV with SMA and the SunSpec Alliance

Managing Risk for Maximum Value in Residential PV with SMA and the SunSpec Alliance

June 11, 2020 at 10:23 am 0 comments

Thu, Jul 9, 2020 2:00 PM EDT REGISTER FOR FREE HERE Please join us for this educational session where we will illuminate the path to effectively decrease business risks while maximizing the benefits for you and your residential PV customers. Among the considerations we will highlight are energy production, reliability,Read More

Self-flashing mounts for solar PV systems explained

Self-flashing mounts for solar PV systems explained

June 10, 2020 at 12:02 pm 1 comment

“Self-flashing mounts” is perhaps a new term for the PV mounting industry. It is a unique concept, so let’s look at how it should be interpreted. Flashing defined Perhaps we begin by interpreting the word “flashing” from the IRC (International Residential Code): IRC R903.2 FLASHING Flashings shall be installed inRead More

Faith-based organizations in Virginia can now go solar via PPAs

Faith-based organizations in Virginia can now go solar via PPAs

June 10, 2020 at 10:20 am 0 comments

As non-profits around our region struggle to meet budgets due to the pandemic, a new piece of legislation brings a great solution to cut costs and attain sustainability goals. Tax-Exempt organizations in Virginia can now go solar at no cost due to the passage of the groundbreaking Virginia Clean EconomyRead More

University of Southern Denmark Study Highlights the Reliability Benefits of SMA’s PV String-Level Optimization Technology

University of Southern Denmark Study Highlights the Reliability Benefits of SMA’s PV String-Level Optimization Technology

June 7, 2020 at 8:15 am 0 comments

In 2020, the University of Southern Denmark published the results of a study that compared SMA’s advanced PV optimization technology against other forms of optimization. Researchers ran tests under a variety of shaded and unshaded conditions. The key findings provide conclusions on power outputs, lifetime energy harvests, reliability, maintenance andRead More