Articles by: SB Staff

Solar Power International Action Plan: What to see at the largest solar trade show in the country

Solar Power International Action Plan: What to see at the largest solar trade show in the country

September 20, 2018 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Wondering what to see, where to stop and what’s new at the largest solar industry trade show in the United States? To help you figure that out, pick a statement that fits what you need and see where it leads. Think of it as a Choose Your Own Adventure story.Read More

California subdivision gets ahead of the solar mandate, re-roofs with CertainTeed products

California subdivision gets ahead of the solar mandate, re-roofs with CertainTeed products

September 19, 2018 at 1:18 pm 0 comments

Across the country, more subdivisions are choosing rooftop solar as a way to attract and retain earth-conscious home buyers. The California Energy Commission recently voted to mandate rooftop solar for all new California homes and multi-family residences under three stories. However, many communities are warming up to the benefits ofRead More

Solar Snake Max is now available for utility-grade solar installs, see it at SPI

Solar Snake Max is now available for utility-grade solar installs, see it at SPI

September 19, 2018 at 10:05 am 0 comments

Snake Tray Solar Snake Max is Snake Tray’s new patented cable containment system for utility grade installations. The easy snap together elements allow for code compliant cable separation. Construction cycle times will be cut in half with this new approach to managing high voltage cables. Cables install with snap togetherRead More

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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