Articles by: SB Staff

Sun Day analysis: Despite its recent peak, nuclear power has been declining for quite some time

Sun Day analysis: Despite its recent peak, nuclear power has been declining for quite some time

March 27, 2019 at 9:23 am 0 comments

The following commentary was sent our way by the Sun Day campaign. Tomorrow marks the 40th anniversary of the partial core meltdown of reactor number 2 at the Three Mile Island (TMI) nuclear plant near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania — the worst nuclear accident in U.S. history. [1] The event dramatically slowed whatRead More

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Richard Branson wants to fund renewable energy via a Clean Energy Dividend concept

March 18, 2019 at 9:46 am 0 comments

Sir Richard Branson has shared his vision for a Clean Energy Dividend which he hopes will tackle climate change. Writing in his blog, amid scenes of climate change marches around the world, he states his belief that there will be an opportunity to create millions of jobs whilst also drivingRead More

Science or fiction? How artificial intelligence and machine learning can optimize your solar assets today

Science or fiction? How artificial intelligence and machine learning can optimize your solar assets today

March 5, 2019 at 8:50 am 0 comments

At the top of its hype cycle, Artificial intelligence (AI) is transforming the energy landscape, revolutionizing how solar assets are managed, operated and maintained. The ever-expanding global capacity of solar PV combined with the growing disparity of these assets have made the job of an asset owner only more complex.Read More

Comprehensive overview of solar asset owners – Northern America

Comprehensive overview of solar asset owners – Northern America

February 26, 2019 at 11:25 am 0 comments

According to Solar Energy Industry Associations (SEIA), there is currently about 60 GW of solar capacity installed across the US, 11 GW of which became operational in 2018. The US solar market remains poised for further growth, despite weathering a few stormy quarters since the government announcing tariffs on importedRead More

Module Buyer’s Guide: 10 modules to know in 2019

Module Buyer’s Guide: 10 modules to know in 2019

February 25, 2019 at 11:03 am 0 comments

For our 2019 Module Buyer’s Guide (included in the Jan/Feb issue of Solar Builder magazine) we rounded up profiles on the newest modules on the market and also surveyed solar module manufacturers on the trends they are seeing and some of the new technology to watch. The seven insights areRead More

Photovoltaic-aways: Solar module manufacturers share 7 insights on PV market trends in 2019

Photovoltaic-aways: Solar module manufacturers share 7 insights on PV market trends in 2019

February 25, 2019 at 10:00 am 0 comments

For our 2019 Module Buyer’s Guide (included in the Jan/Feb issue of Solar Builder magazine) we rounded up profiles on the newest modules on the market and also surveyed solar module manufacturers on the trends they are seeing and some of the new technology to watch. The seven insights areRead More

Solar stories: CertainTeed’s Kate Collardson on her solar installer career, advice for other women

Solar stories: CertainTeed’s Kate Collardson on her solar installer career, advice for other women

January 10, 2019 at 11:22 am Comments are Disabled

Even from a young age, Kate Collardson was dedicated to saving the planet. “When people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said I wanted to be a naturalist,” Collardson said. “To me, that meant someone who cares about the environment and works toRead More

NEC 2017 Primer for Solar Installers: Manufacturers explain how their products meet the updated code

NEC 2017 Primer for Solar Installers: Manufacturers explain how their products meet the updated code

December 10, 2018 at 11:17 am Comments are Disabled

Jan. 1, 2019, is almost upon us, which means the National Electric Code (NEC) 2017 is almost in effect. Not all jurisdictions will be up to speed (hell, some aren’t even up on NEC 2014 yet), but around 24 states will require compliance immediately. We asked a variety of manufacturersRead More

Professor Shanhui Fan and postdoctoral scholar Wei Li atop the Packard Electrical Engineering building with the apparatus that is proving the efficacy of a double-layered solar panel. The top layer uses the standard semiconductor materials that go into energy-harvesting solar cells; the novel materials on the bottom layer perform the cooling task. (Image credit: L.A. Cicero)

Stanford researchers working on rooftop PV array that also cools buildings efficiently

November 13, 2018 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Stanford electrical engineer Shanhui Fan wants to revolutionize energy-producing rooftop arrays. “We’ve built the first device that one day could make energy and save energy, in the same place and at the same time, by controlling two very different properties of light,” said Fan, senior author of an article appearingRead More

APA Racking explains the value of turnkey providers for solar project managers

APA Racking explains the value of turnkey providers for solar project managers

October 22, 2018 at 11:23 am Comments are Disabled

The following post is from APA Racking’s Solar Solutions blog series. As timelines get delayed and projects overlap each other, project managers can quickly get overloaded by juggling multiple projects at once. Hiring more skilled project managers isn’t as easy as it seems with this skill set in high demandRead More