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The New Vermeer PD5R and PD5 Pile Drivers

The New Vermeer PD5R and PD5 Pile Drivers

November 13, 2019 at 11:30 am 0 comments

  The new Vermeer PD5R and PD5 pile drivers help bring accuracy to smaller solar installation projects. Learn more.

Storm Season is Here: Energy Storage Can Help You Prepare

Storm Season is Here: Energy Storage Can Help You Prepare

November 13, 2019 at 11:15 am 0 comments

In Southern and Eastern parts of the U.S., late summer and fall not only signals the start of college football; it also marks the beginning of storm season. Homeowners in these regions are no strangers to preparing for storms, from trimming tree branches that are too close to windows toRead More

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Solar power’s hidden secret is its data — here’s why

November 5, 2019 at 9:13 pm 0 comments

Solar enjoys tremendous advantages over conventional power. It’s cleaner and cheaper than traditional power in many parts of the world, in addition to its popularity with consumers. But there is also an often unrecognized aspect of solar that will play a leading role in further lowering costs and driving adoption.Read More

Take a Heat Peek: Leveraging the power of drones and thermal imaging for solar inspections

Take a Heat Peek: Leveraging the power of drones and thermal imaging for solar inspections

November 5, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Thanks to continued improvements in thermal imaging hardware, software and drone technology, it is now possible to improve the efficiency and accuracy of photovoltaic (PV) inspections more than ever. The current practice of manual electric testing is not sustainable at scale and results in slower PV system buildouts, increased inefficienciesRead More

Value Short: How various net metering policy changes alter the value of solar energy

Value Short: How various net metering policy changes alter the value of solar energy

October 22, 2019 at 11:00 am 0 comments

Net energy metering (NEM) policies play a crucial role in making residential solar installations a good investment for homeowners in the U.S., so it’s important that solar contractors have a clear understanding of them. This is particularly true now, as many utilities have begun introducing changes to their NEM programsRead More

What to know about the simultaneous AC- and DC-coupling of a solar PV system

What to know about the simultaneous AC- and DC-coupling of a solar PV system

October 9, 2019 at 9:13 am 0 comments

Traditionally, DC-coupled systems were used mainly in small domestic and off-grid applications. Systems using a charger controller to control the power into the chemical storage, or battery bank, were also not typically used commercially. The DC input voltage into the charger controller was close to the nominal battery voltage inRead More

State of Charge: Five things to know about the energy storage market heading into 2020

State of Charge: Five things to know about the energy storage market heading into 2020

October 8, 2019 at 7:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. energy storage market is growing tremendously. Indeed, IHS Markit projects that over 40 GW of energy storage capacity will be installed by 2022, starting from a base of only 0.34 GW installed in 2012 and 2013. This growth of the U.S. energy storage market is driven by severalRead More

Watt’s Next? A crowd-sourced collection of ideas, innovations and inquiries for the Solar+ Decade

Watt’s Next? A crowd-sourced collection of ideas, innovations and inquiries for the Solar+ Decade

September 19, 2019 at 2:51 pm 0 comments

It’s gonna break my heart to see it blown to bits. That’s the refrain of the best song of 2019, “Blown to Bits” by Charly Bliss — a catchy rumination on the state of the world right now. It was playing in my headphones as I put this section togetherRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Next Level Solar

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Next Level Solar

August 26, 2019 at 11:13 am Comments are Disabled

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The next generation of inverters will be responsible for grounding the industry into stability. When developing the new inverter generation, manufacturers should adapt three major requirements that a future technology will have to satisfy. Currently manufacturers, like Fronius, offer future flexibility, reliability and optimization in their products.
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How does lower solar PV pricing impact the Caribbean? WRB Energy explains

How does lower solar PV pricing impact the Caribbean? WRB Energy explains

August 26, 2019 at 8:40 am Comments are Disabled

By Chris Cadwell, WRB Energy, VP Renewable Energy Solar PV wholesale energy pricing is continuing to drop below two cents per kWh in the U.S., Latin America, and other regions. In the U.S., the sub-two cents/kWh solar price is a watershed moment because solar plus storage is now the cheapestRead More