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This Sopris Homes net-zero new-build used CertainTeed’s integrated Apollo PV tiles for its solar needs

This Sopris Homes net-zero new-build used CertainTeed’s integrated Apollo PV tiles for its solar needs

July 25, 2019 at 10:44 am 1 comment

Boulder, Colorado-based Sopris Homes has been in the business of high-performance luxury homes for the past 25 years. According to Sopris Homes President John Stevens, as more communities desire and even require solar on new home construction, finding solar products that are both functional and attractive is a growing challengeRead More

RBI Solar’s Sunflower Single Axis Tracker is designed to rotate PV modules on the East/West axis.

The perfect couple: How RBI Solar’s new solar tracker relies on custom jaw couplings to conquer tough environments

June 18, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Solar tracking system popularity has expanded as costs have come down and as more customers recognize the advantages compared to fixed-tilt systems for certain applications. RBI Solar is the latest well-recognized solar mounting system manufacturer for commercial and utility-scale projects to heed this market demand by debuting its Sunflower SingleRead More

Residential Solar Mounting Guide 2019: Situations and Solutions

Residential Solar Mounting Guide 2019: Situations and Solutions

June 11, 2019 at 10:13 am Comments are Disabled

Solar installers face jobsite annoyances every day. Awkward roof space. Plastic baggies of tiny components. Missed rafters. And so on. Death by a thousand racking cuts. Luckily, for all of these situations, there is a mounting solution out there to make your life easier. Micro but Mighty It’s not theRead More

Excelsior Energy Capital, Nokomis Partners to construct 16-MW solar portfolio in Minnesota

Excelsior Energy Capital, Nokomis Partners to construct 16-MW solar portfolio in Minnesota

May 15, 2019 at 10:39 am Comments are Disabled

Excelsior Energy Capital announced that its North American Renewable Energy Fund is teaming with Nokomis Partners on the construction and operation of a 16.5 MW solar portfolio. Excelsior will be the long-term owner of the portfolio. In addition, Excelsior and Nokomis are already working on their next portfolio, seeking toRead More

Solar System Wire Management Buyer’s Guide 2019

Solar System Wire Management Buyer’s Guide 2019

May 7, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

We humans have a lot in common with wires. We are vessels of energy and information that need grounding for stability. When put in situations that best suit our skillsets, we thrive. We are also prone to getting tangled up, stuck in our own way. We can be fragile. WeRead More

Solar PV plant maintenance white paper: Optimizing Solar PV Plant Performance with AutoMow

Solar PV plant maintenance white paper: Optimizing Solar PV Plant Performance with AutoMow

April 29, 2019 at 8:00 am 1 comment

The following white paper was sent our way by By Bri Bruce, marketing manager for AutoMow. Though the topic is often overlooked in comparison to other plant concerns, vegetation control is an important consideration for utility-scale PV plant operation and maintenance. Unchecked vegetation growth can lead to shading of theRead More

Science: Caffeine improved the performance of perovskite solar cells

Science: Caffeine improved the performance of perovskite solar cells

April 29, 2019 at 2:00 am 1 comment

Scientists at the California NanoSystems Institute at UCLA have found that caffeine improves the stability of materials under heat – a property known as thermal stability — of perovskite solar cells, which could someday replace traditional silicon-based solar cells. The research, published in the journal Joule, was led by YangRead More

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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