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Choosing the right pile driver for your jobsite

Choosing the right pile driver for your jobsite

April 30, 2021 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

Applications for pile driving equipment have expanded beyond the traditional uses, creating a growing need for smaller, more nimble models. Find the right one for your needs. Learn more.

Imbalancing Act: Behind the scenes look at the electric grid’s irregular 2020

Imbalancing Act: Behind the scenes look at the electric grid’s irregular 2020

April 28, 2021 at 1:54 pm 0 comments

The energy landscape experienced a wave of changes in 2020, as dramatic swings in commercial and residential demand disrupted how consumers used energy, utilities managed unpredictable grid loads and renewable energy was generated in excess. Though the reason behind these changes (COVID-19 pandemic) is clear, the resulting effects on theRead More

The secret to off-grid solar installer success? Long-term service plans

The secret to off-grid solar installer success? Long-term service plans

April 26, 2021 at 4:28 pm 0 comments

Experienced off-grid PV installers will learn a number of valuable lessons over their career. Proper system sizing, installation and programming is certainly important. However, the long-term performance of a system is often determined by the actions – or inactions – of the homeowner when left on their own to monitorRead More

Case study: California home adds 68-kWh of storage capacity in massive PV system upgrade

Case study: California home adds 68-kWh of storage capacity in massive PV system upgrade

April 20, 2021 at 10:00 am 1 comment

Since 2019 when PG&E enacted the Public Safety Power Shutoff program, California’s aging electrical grid has become so unstable that many California homeowners regularly lose power for extended periods. The idyllic area of La Jolla, near San Diego, is no exception to the outages. Santa Ana winds in February 2021Read More

Three steps to properly size battery-based off-grid systems

Three steps to properly size battery-based off-grid systems

April 6, 2021 at 9:00 am 0 comments

For optimal performance, and to prolong the life of your batteries and other components, an off-grid renewable energy system must be properly sized. Improper system sizing may result in a variety of issues including over/undercharge and premature capacity loss or battery failure. When a system is improperly sized, the batteryRead More

Merit Controls at the Enel Solar Energy site in Scurry, Texas.

End-of-life is near for renewable power plant controls

March 30, 2021 at 3:01 pm 0 comments

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a decade since the solar construction boom of 2010. With renewable energy flourishing nationally and abroad, industry progress has been nothing short of astonishing. In the United States alone, solar has experienced an average annual growth rate of 49% since 2010. Indeed, solar,Read More

Simplifying home solar + storage system sizing with Sol-Ark’s online calculator

Simplifying home solar + storage system sizing with Sol-Ark’s online calculator

March 29, 2021 at 1:23 pm 0 comments

Sol-Ark provides one of the most powerful solar hybrid inverters on the market, and to better help installers design systems with batteries, they’ve launched a proprietary online battery calculator tool. Sizing up a solar + storage system is complicated (and missteps often result in poor performance and customer complaints) and,Read More

How a reliable lead source can reduce your solar company’s cost per action

How a reliable lead source can reduce your solar company’s cost per action

March 29, 2021 at 9:12 am 0 comments

Solar professionals typically see cost per action, or CPA, marketing as a reliable way to control costs while generating leads. Since solar companies that use CPA marketing will only pay for leads when their target goals are completed, they often perceive it as more effective than partnering with a reliableRead More

Distributed, modular or central utility solar PV inverters? It depends on these factors

Distributed, modular or central utility solar PV inverters? It depends on these factors

March 22, 2021 at 2:31 pm 4 comments

History is littered with a bevy of debates primed for discussion in the friendly confines of your local speakeasy. Do you prefer the designated hitter or pitchers who hit? Ford or Chevy? Pearl Jam or Nirvana? In the utility PV industry, that pub argument often comes down to central orRead More

SunSpec Alliance update on work to simplify rapid shutdown signaling systems

SunSpec Alliance update on work to simplify rapid shutdown signaling systems

March 15, 2021 at 1:37 pm 1 comment

In a few short years, the industry’s concept of a Distributed Energy Resource (DER) has morphed from an uncomplicated rooftop solar PV system that reduces your electricity bill to an incredibly complicated apparatus that does what the old system did plus stores energy, keeps the lights on at night orRead More