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How does SNMP compare to MODBUS?

How does SNMP compare to MODBUS?

July 23, 2020 at 10:13 am 1 comment

SNMP and MODBUS are both components of the application layer in the OSI model. Where MODBUS is a protocol that can be supported by different physical and data link layers, SNMP is exclusively an IP standard. Unlike MODBUS IP, which typically uses the TCP transport layer, SNMP data is usuallyRead More

SGIP funding for solar plus storage is the economic boost California needs now

SGIP funding for solar plus storage is the economic boost California needs now

July 20, 2020 at 11:45 am Comments are Disabled

Clean energy jobs at solar installers and other companies were expected to be some of the fastest-growing occupations over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the coronavirus pandemic has been a blow to the sector, as more than 106,000 workers in this field filedRead More

NREL research examines strategies for recycling solar panels

NREL research examines strategies for recycling solar panels

July 16, 2020 at 10:53 am Comments are Disabled

PV modules have a 30-year lifespan. There is currently no plan for how to manage this at end of their lifespan. The volume of modules no longer needed could total 80 million metric tons by 2050. In addition to quantity, the nature of the waste also poses challenges. PV modulesRead More

How to get the best land lease rates for solar projects

How to get the best land lease rates for solar projects

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

One of the big questions solar developers need answered when moving into a new market is how much to offer for a lease rate. Typically, landowners aren’t actively marketing their property for solar use, aside from a few national land exchange platforms and local real estate brokers aren’t familiar with thisRead More

How standardized solutions for rapid shutdown mitigate supply chain issues

How standardized solutions for rapid shutdown mitigate supply chain issues

July 15, 2020 at 9:45 am Comments are Disabled

Between COVID-19 and escalating trade tensions, especially between the U.S. and China, the global supply chain is experiencing a period of unsteadiness. But rethinking how the supply chain looks can be a challenge, especially for sectors in which the supply chain has been built up over the course of manyRead More

Battery capacity vs. operating temperature: Sizing a storage system when ambient temperatures vary

Battery capacity vs. operating temperature: Sizing a storage system when ambient temperatures vary

July 14, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

One of the most common questions asked by PV Installers, as well as customers, is how to properly size and charge a battery bank in places where ambient temperatures may vary considerably throughout the year. Temperature affects battery performance in two ways. The standard capacity rating of a battery isRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Managing Risk for Maximum Value in Residential PV with SMA and the SunSpec Alliance

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Managing Risk for Maximum Value in Residential PV with SMA and the SunSpec Alliance

July 6, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Please join us for this educational session where we will illuminate the path to effectively decrease business risks while maximizing the benefits for you and your residential PV customers. Among the considerations we will highlight are energy production, reliability, standardization and service. Tom Tansy from the SunSpec Alliance will joinRead More

Ballasted Solar FlexRack installed by Signal Energy

Resolving Complexities in a Landfill Community Solar Project, part 3: The COVID-19 Challenge

July 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 5 comments

Located on the outskirts of Beverly, Mass., in Essex County, the Beverly Community Solar Project was four and a half years in the making. Early challenges included waiting for an open incentive program that would make the project economically viable. In late 2018, Massachusetts introduced its new solar incentive program,Read More

In 1945, Günter Fronius laid the foundations for Fronius International GmbH, which today ranks among the world’s leading innovators in the fields of welding technology, photovoltaics, and battery charging technology.

From regional repair shop to global brand: Fronius celebrates 75 years in business

June 25, 2020 at 11:12 am Comments are Disabled

You might not expect this of a company known in our world for its solar inverter technology, but Fronius has been in business for 75 years. What began in 1945 as a one-man business based on a simple idea is now part of the industrial landscape, growing over the pastRead More

Beverly Landfill Community Solar

Resolving Complexities in a Landfill Community Solar Project, part 1: Development

June 25, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Located on the outskirts of Beverly, Mass., in Essex County, the Beverly Community Solar Project was four and a half years in the making. Early challenges included waiting for an open incentive program that would make the project economically viable. In late 2018, Massachusetts introduced its new solar incentive program,Read More