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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 1, 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

Why do solar PV module backsheets fail and what can be done about it?

Why do solar PV module backsheets fail and what can be done about it?

May 21, 2020 at 3:04 pm 0 comments

The backsheet is one of the most likely components of the solar module to fail, which impacts about 1 percent of all modules, and according to A. Bradley et al., 9 percent of all module failures are related to the backsheet component. With premature degradation affecting all kinds of modulesRead More

10 structural solar mounting problems to avoid, observed by PV Diagnostics

10 structural solar mounting problems to avoid, observed by PV Diagnostics

May 12, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

One of the most important factors while optimizing the cost of a solar power plant is Module Mounting Structure (MMS), which is a key ingredient in the successful running of a solar power plant. Most of the BoS components like transformers, inverter, cables, SCB, etc. are bought from the suppliersRead More

Safety considerations for assessing module-level shutdown solutions

Safety considerations for assessing module-level shutdown solutions

May 11, 2020 at 9:44 am 0 comments

Now that California – the largest solar market in the U.S. – has adopted the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC), many solar installers wonder what a good solution for the Module Level Shutdown (Art. 690.12) requirement looks like. With safety being paramount, this article identifies the major criteria for assessingRead More

Case study: Navigating solar supply chain disruption during a global pandemic

Case study: Navigating solar supply chain disruption during a global pandemic

April 29, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

The novel coronavirus has impacted virtually every aspect of our lives, including the fight against climate change. Solar developers have faced supply chain disruption and have risked missing deadlines that could make or break the development of a renewable energy project. Our firm, Leyline Renewable Capital, provides development-stage funding forRead More

Wild West no more: Why transparency is imperative for the growth of solar

Wild West no more: Why transparency is imperative for the growth of solar

April 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Every burgeoning industry is akin to the Wild West. The solar energy industry is no different, with its own version of western tropes — cowboys, drifters, lawmen, barons, settlers and townsfolk. However, perhaps the most destructive trope in the West and in solar is the snake oil salesman. From conferencesRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: C&I Solar Profit Center — Conquer Soft Costs and Build Better Carports with Integrated Project Delivery

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: C&I Solar Profit Center — Conquer Soft Costs and Build Better Carports with Integrated Project Delivery

April 27, 2020 at 3:34 pm 0 comments

Times are growing increasingly tough and competition in the solar industry continues to be fierce. Developers, contractors and EPCs looking to execute and construct solar C&I projects that are more efficient and profitable should look beyond common solar industry practices. In this webinar, the experts at Kern Solar Structures willRead More

Three Ways to Streamline Operations and Keep Your Solar Business Moving Forward

Three Ways to Streamline Operations and Keep Your Solar Business Moving Forward

April 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm 0 comments

Like small businesses worldwide, many solar businesses are looking for ways to contain costs in order to continue to operate successfully and take care of their employees through any COVID-19-related economic ups and downs. Here are three simple strategies for potential savings. Audit Software Subscriptions and Save Hundreds Each MonthRead More

A residential solar mounting concern with EPDM on asphalt shingles explained

A residential solar mounting concern with EPDM on asphalt shingles explained

April 13, 2020 at 10:46 am 1 comment

For any rooftop solar system, making sure all the components of the solar mounting and racking system are compatible with the roof is of high importance — issues such as weight of ballast blocks on commercial roofs, the fire resistance of plastic components or chemical reactions between components and roofRead More

What will make green energy sharing a reality this decade?

What will make green energy sharing a reality this decade?

April 8, 2020 at 3:01 pm 0 comments

Solar energy is becoming increasingly more prevalent in our society as we look for more sustainable forms of energy. However, change has been slow: Focused on the short-term, consumers simply don’t see the long-term advantages of switching to green solutions. Could peer-to-peer energy sharing finally change the tide in favorRead More