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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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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 0 comments

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

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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