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Designing for impossible solar clients (and the key to win them over)

Designing for impossible solar clients (and the key to win them over)

November 24, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

When it comes to designing solar systems for clients, handling the technical aspects of the job is easy. You have the tools, you have the knowledge, and you have the job that needs to be designed. People, though. People can be a problem. “I have come across many difficult customers inRead More

Solar is hardware, storage is software — why solar + storage requires a policy paradigm shift

Solar is hardware, storage is software — why solar + storage requires a policy paradigm shift

November 23, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

In the space of a few weeks last summer, climate-driven extreme weather compromised the U.S. electricity grid on both coasts. Hurricane Isaias brought power outages to millions in the Northeast while California, amid record heat and wildfires, experienced its first rolling blackouts in almost two decades. Both events were starkRead More

Drone aerial photograph of Sunflare solar panel installation on the McBride family farm horse barn.

How Sunflare added 9-kW of solar on this 100-year-old barn roof

November 20, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

This barn on Hopeful Hollow Farm in Rockingham County, VA is 100 years old. So is the roof, but now it can generate 9-kW of new power every day. Sunflare installed LiteMount, the only ultralight weight module that can be installed on weight-constrained roofs — installing at less than 1 lbRead More

Overview of redox flow battery chemistries, market players

Overview of redox flow battery chemistries, market players

October 22, 2020 at 9:05 am 0 comments

  Two weeks ago, we explored how redox flow batteries (RFB) stack up to lithium batteries. Today we dig more into the main RFB technologies currently available or under development, beginning with the most adopted and investigated Redox Flow Batteries (RFB), the Vanadium Redox Flow Batteries (VRFB).  This analysis comes viaRead More

Lightsource BP, McCarthy start construction on 300-MW Bighorn Solar Project in Colorado

Lightsource BP, McCarthy start construction on 300-MW Bighorn Solar Project in Colorado

October 21, 2020 at 11:31 am 0 comments

Lightsource BP has secured a funding package of $285 million for its 300 MW Bighorn Solar Project, and as of October 1, project construction has commenced. Based in Pueblo, Colorado on 1,800 acres land of EVRAZ Rocky Mountain Steel mill, it will be the largest on-site solar project devoted toRead More

Searching AHJs for solar permitting? Check this free, crowd-sourced registry

Searching AHJs for solar permitting? Check this free, crowd-sourced registry

October 20, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Every little step in residential solar project planning and design can add hours, days or more to the time that customers sit around and wait for installation to begin. High-volume system integrators reduce the wait by automating manual processes, one step at a time. But think about the time and moneyRead More

Evaluating redox flow vs. lithium-ion batteries with IDTechEx Research

Evaluating redox flow vs. lithium-ion batteries with IDTechEx Research

October 7, 2020 at 11:15 am 0 comments

In this first part of a series of articles from IDTechEx, an overview of the flow batteries characteristics is provided, extrapolated from IDTechEx’s recent report “Redox Flow Battery 2020-2030: Forecast, Challenges, Opportunities”. While Li-ion batteries are dominating the stationary energy storage sector, a growing number of companies are developing differentRead More

Grid saturation lessons from Australia and Hawaii

Grid saturation lessons from Australia and Hawaii

September 3, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

A number of countries, states, and municipalities have been setting 100% clean energy goals. As the price of renewables keeps dropping, more people and businesses are turning to clean local energy, often in the form of rooftop solar. But in some locations, like Australia and Hawaii, solar adoption has beenRead More

How to develop managers for your solar business (and why)

How to develop managers for your solar business (and why)

August 25, 2020 at 12:52 pm Comments are Disabled

Managing people is a difficult but rewarding job. At our own company, EnerBank, we like to develop and promote people from within whenever possible. We spend a great deal of time developing employees at all levels, in fact, because we view them through the lens of their potential, knowing theyRead More

Three policy pathways to climate and COVID recovery through renewable energy

Three policy pathways to climate and COVID recovery through renewable energy

August 19, 2020 at 10:28 am Comments are Disabled

Clean energy can fuel economic recovery. Large commercial and industrial (C&I) energy buyers, like corporations with ambitious clean energy goals, are demanding the ability to purchase renewable energy to power their operations and facilities with limited success due to persistent market and regulatory barriers. Voluntary corporate purchases of renewable energyRead More