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Richmond, Virginia, solar lobbying effort.

Local solar lobbying: Ipsun Solar explains its efforts to change Virginia’s solar policy

February 26, 2020 at 9:58 am 0 comments

As 2020 dawned, it was do or die for solar in Virginia. Our company (Ipsun Solar) took action, and the benefits have been surprising. 2020 has been a wild ride so far for solar in Virginia. After a decisive blue wave took over both the Virginia House of Delegates andRead More

Improving solar plant generation predictions with machine-learning techniques

Improving solar plant generation predictions with machine-learning techniques

February 20, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Accurately predicting power generation for PV sites is critical for prioritizing relevant operations & maintenance activities, thereby extending the lifetime of a system and improving profit margins. A number of factors influence power generation at PV sites, including local weather, shading and soiling losses, design of modules, DC mismatches, andRead More

Typical 1500V array-powered DC/DC converter with 24V DC output.

How array-powered DC-DC converters reduce capital costs for PV monitoring

February 18, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Solar arrays, particularly utility-scale and commercial and industrial (C&I) installations, collect a significant amount of data for efficient asset management and qualitative operational metrics such as performance ratio. A substantial amount of this data can be collected from inverters and substations with easy access to AC power and communications. However,Read More

Safety lessons from large-scale energy storage deployments

Safety lessons from large-scale energy storage deployments

February 10, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

It is well understood that large scale energy storage is the key to allowing us to achieve our clean energy utilization goals in the effort to fight back against climate change. Energy storage helps us overcome the biggest drawback to renewable sources of generation like solar – the issue ofRead More

And the winner of Intersolar’s Solar Installer Games is …

And the winner of Intersolar’s Solar Installer Games is …

February 6, 2020 at 7:40 pm 0 comments

On day two of Intersolar North America, Sullivan Solar and Sol-Up went head-to-head in the final round of the Solar Games for the inaugural championship and a $5,000 prize. The two teams competed against each other in the first round of the games with a grid-tied system using Tesla PowerwallsRead More

How solar farms can be regenerative for soil and sequester more carbon

How solar farms can be regenerative for soil and sequester more carbon

February 6, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

What if renewable energy was not just sustainable but was also regenerative? This is the goal of a partnership between White Oak Pastures and Silicon Ranch Corporation, an independent solar power producer under the umbrella of Shell. In 2020 alone, this partnership will bring holistic planned livestock grazing and regenerativeRead More

A compact machine to support the surge

A compact machine to support the surge

January 30, 2020 at 3:23 pm 0 comments

The solar industry is surging and the new Vermeer PD5R and PD5 pile drivers help bring efficient operation and accuracy to smaller solar installation projects. Learn more.

Solaria PowerXT.

What’s the real value of high-efficiency solar panels? An analysis of HE modules in residential applications across the U.S.

January 20, 2020 at 9:50 am 1 comment

  The following is a summary of research conducted by Nielson Scientific, NREL, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and ARPA-E. For further insight into why this data matters and how it should affect your solar installation business, check out our accompanying webinar this week: The Solar Study: How to Value High EfficiencyRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: The Solar Study: How to Value High Efficiency Solar Panels in Residential Applications

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: The Solar Study: How to Value High Efficiency Solar Panels in Residential Applications

January 9, 2020 at 10:30 am 0 comments

Thursday, Jan 23, 2020 2:00 PM EST
Solar panels are the foundation of every solar power system. While many consider solar panels a commodity, the reality is there is a wide variation in solar panel price and performance. Webinar attendees will come away from this meeting with a better understanding of how to optimize the use of high-efficiency panels.
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Four real estate trends for 2020 (and where solar fits in)

Four real estate trends for 2020 (and where solar fits in)

January 8, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

As is the case with any industry, there are numerous changes that occur within real estate from year to year. From increasing housing prices to decreasing mortgage rates, and everything in between, it’s important for investors, lawyers, and other professionals to be well-versed. The quality of long-term knowledge will helpRead More

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