Articles by: SB Staff

Keep it simple, solar: Advice and products to streamline your next rooftop install

Keep it simple, solar: Advice and products to streamline your next rooftop install

July 25, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Keep part counts low The Low Profile QuickBOLT with Microflashing from SolarRoofHook can be installed in less than 60 seconds, and the key is its Microflashing technology, which is installed on top of the shingles and eliminates the need to pry apart shingles and shove oversized aluminum flashing underneath. “WeRead More

The role of system design, labor in reducing utility-scale solar costs in 2018

The role of system design, labor in reducing utility-scale solar costs in 2018

July 10, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)’s U.S. Solar Photovoltaic System Cost Benchmark Q1 2017 report, the installed cost of solar fell to record lows last year due to the continuing decline in PV module and inverter prices, higher module efficiency, and lower laborRead More

Solar FlexRack TDP 2.0.

Tracking Trackers: We look at what’s new with these seven solar trackers

July 5, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

What are you looking for in a tracker? Longer rows with fewer spans? A two-up bifacial module setup? A simple central drive configuration with reliable bearings? More self-powered options? There are a lot of trackers in the segment, and we wanted to highlight some of the cool, innovative features outsideRead More

How a Virginia Tech researcher plans to use smart inverters to change the grid

How a Virginia Tech researcher plans to use smart inverters to change the grid

June 29, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. power grid, after faithfully delivering electricity to our neighborhoods for generations, is facing significant changes to how it operates — thanks to solar installations, wind farms, new energy storage systems and electric vehicles. As utilities meet the challenges of incorporating distributed energy sources on the low- and medium-voltageRead More

Four energy dense solar mounting systems for C&I rooftops

Four energy dense solar mounting systems for C&I rooftops

June 20, 2018 at 10:00 am 0 comments

SunModo SunBeam As a permanent part of the building and roof structure, the SunBeam system eliminates any abrasions, moss build up and need of system removal for roof repair or re-roofing. In addition, it provides shading of HVAC equipment, increasing efficiency and faster temperature response. Twenty-year warranty. Material: High-grade aluminumRead More

Photovoltaic facades: How feasible is the technology, and in what applications?

Photovoltaic facades: How feasible is the technology, and in what applications?

June 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm Comments are Disabled

There are several flavors of technology today jostling to make the dream of electricity-generating windows a reality. While these are likely too expensive and inefficient to be in your home any time soon, pilot projects for such windows in commercial buildings are gaining momentum, and studies (utilizing annual data ofRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Utility-Scale String Design

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Utility-Scale String Design

May 1, 2018 at 10:03 am Comments are Disabled

When designing a large site one consideration is String or Central. Both have well defined benefits. Historically, the large utility-scale sites have mainly relied upon central inverters. Now a third option, the Virtual Central, is paving the way for string inverters into this space. Higher powered string inverters, longer stringsRead More

Products to watch: 9 customer service, proposal tools for the solar installer

Products to watch: 9 customer service, proposal tools for the solar installer

April 5, 2018 at 10:58 am Comments are Disabled

The main components of a solar system, at this point, have been figured out. Module efficiency is higher than ever, inverters are more reliable and it’s tough to imagine more cost-effective and complete racking systems. So, what’s next? Storage? Sure, that’s coming at some point. Solar + storage + EVRead More

Hoosier Efficiency: Walk through the solar decision-making process with this Indiana homeowner

Hoosier Efficiency: Walk through the solar decision-making process with this Indiana homeowner

March 19, 2018 at 9:18 am Comments are Disabled

Bloomington, Ind., isn’t a typical solar energy hub, but homeowner Karim Abdelkader and Alex Jarvis, president of Solar Systems of Indiana, prove that it can be with the right customer and PV solution. The goal for the Abdelkader family was to put panels on both their home and adjacent poolRead More

Battery showcase: Four solar + storage solutions for your next project

Battery showcase: Four solar + storage solutions for your next project

February 20, 2018 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Recommending a battery to a customer in a solar + storage project is no less complicated than recommending a particular solar array solution. Depending on customer goals of low initial cost, ease of maintenance, frequency of use, depth of discharge, source of recharge energy, longevity and warranty, however, choices narrowRead More