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Five key considerations of industrial solar leasing

Five key considerations of industrial solar leasing

March 19, 2020 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

Industrial property owners are increasingly turning to rooftop solar facilities to add value to their portfolios and maximize the profitability of their assets, as well as to increase renewable energy sources for the greater good. While the general principles of commercial leasing apply to rooftop solar leases, there are aRead More

Beyond code: Safety advice for installing solar PV DC connectors and cables

Beyond code: Safety advice for installing solar PV DC connectors and cables

March 19, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

  As multiple data collection shows, DC cabling is 1% of the total project cost, but it is also the number one source of technical failures in PV projects and greatly affects the LCOE and safety of your project. Stäubli would like to share our 20 years of experience inRead More

Rapid Shutdown NEC 2017: There are more options than you think

Rapid Shutdown NEC 2017: There are more options than you think

March 18, 2020 at 10:54 am Comments are Disabled

With the provisions of National Electrical Code (NEC) 2017 article 690.12 now being applied in over 30 states and growing (and which we re-examined this week), many suppliers and contractors are struggling to determine which Rapid Shutdown Devices (RSD) on the market are compliant and compatible with the modules andRead More

Clean energy leaders discuss a 100 percent clean energy future at IREC Vision Summit

Clean energy leaders discuss a 100 percent clean energy future at IREC Vision Summit

March 17, 2020 at 10:14 am Comments are Disabled

Just before the country fell under quarantine, national, state, and local decision makers and clean energy thought leaders were able to convene in the nation’s capitol to discuss the pathways and critical steps needed to make bold clean energy goals a reality at the second annual IREC Vision Summit hostedRead More

How renewable energy generated more electricity than coal in the dead of winter

How renewable energy generated more electricity than coal in the dead of winter

March 16, 2020 at 10:46 am Comments are Disabled

The unthinkable occurred in the U.S. last month: In the dead of winter, renewable energy (utility-scale solar, wind and hydropower) generated more electricity than did coal plants. This has never happened before. Specifically, according to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA’s) new hourly electric grid monitor, renewables generatedRead More

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Beyond code: The effects of cost cutting in racking, modules on wire management

March 16, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

When we talk about wire management and the code, it is easy to meet the basics of the NEC: neat and orderly, secured every 2 to 4 feet, proper bend radius, among others. But meeting the basics of the NEC tells a completely different story than having and executing aRead More

Michigan’s utility-scale solar is about to boom — is the state ready for it?

Michigan’s utility-scale solar is about to boom — is the state ready for it?

March 11, 2020 at 9:52 am Comments are Disabled

From ENN: Thousands of megawatts of utility-scale solar power are expected in Michigan over the next decade, but most municipalities don’t have regulations to govern the land-use impacts. State officials and university researchers last week released what they’re calling a first-in-the-nation tool that’s meant to address the issue: a databaseRead More

Huawei Predicts 10 Trends in Smart PV for 2025

Huawei: 10 predictions for smart solar PV trends by 2025

March 9, 2020 at 11:46 am Comments are Disabled

Over the next 5 to 10 years, renewable energy will assume a more prominent role as a main power source for power grids. Solar power, in particular, as the most noteworthy form of renewable energy, has a particularly bright future. However, as renewable represents a greater proportion of total energyRead More

Solar advocates in Iowa may have reached a net metering compromise with local utility

Solar advocates in Iowa may have reached a net metering compromise with local utility

March 5, 2020 at 2:19 pm Comments are Disabled

A proposal in Iowa, which still needs to pass in the legislature, would preserve net metering and let utilities recoup costs faster. After years of tussling over net metering rules, Iowa solar advocates and the state’s largest utility finally found common ground recently on one core point: They all wantRead More

Utilities need to play a bigger role incentivizing solar energy in low-income areas

Utilities need to play a bigger role incentivizing solar energy in low-income areas

March 4, 2020 at 2:35 pm Comments are Disabled

Renewable energy is widely considered to be an expensive, out-of-reach alternative for the average consumer. Solar power, in particular, has a bit of a reputation of putting a dent in one’s wallet. With benefits being more long-term than immediate, it’s hard for the middle- and lower-class to justify putting themselvesRead More