Energy Storage

Solar Distancing: Difference between grid-dependent solar and grid-connected solar with storage

Solar Distancing: Difference between grid-dependent solar and grid-connected solar with storage

March 30, 2020 at 7:26 pm 0 comments

What are the key differences between a grid-dependent solar system and a grid-connected system with storage? Which provides backup? And what does it mean for a system to be “flexible?” We are joined by Brian Lawrence, North American Sales Manager for Outback Power to answer those questions. Solar Distancing archiveRead More

Stem launches online program to certify solar installers as storage experts

Stem launches online program to certify solar installers as storage experts

March 30, 2020 at 10:51 am 0 comments

Stem, Inc., a leader in artificial intelligence (AI)-driven energy storage services, continues to push its Partner Program by launching Stem University, an online certification program that provides required educational classes and tools for solar companies to gain expertise in storage. Stem’s partner program now has more than 50 active solarRead More

Generac debuts an automatic transfer switch with home energy monitoring built in

Generac debuts an automatic transfer switch with home energy monitoring built in

March 27, 2020 at 1:03 pm 0 comments

Power outages from coast to coast have created a growing demand for home standby generators. With electric utility bills also on the rise, Generac Power Systems is answering the challenge of protecting homes from outages while also protecting bank accounts with a new energy-monitoring PWRview Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS). WithRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 5: Basics of battery recycling

Solar Distancing, ep. 5: Basics of battery recycling

March 27, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Eric Hill, energy storage and systems manager at Outback Power, joins us again to discuss what to do with batteries when they have reached end of life. Can you recycle them? Which kinds? And how do you go about doing that? Solar Distancing archive Episode 4: Battery charging and monitoringRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 4: Battery charging and monitoring basics for solar + storage

Solar Distancing, ep. 4: Battery charging and monitoring basics for solar + storage

March 26, 2020 at 9:31 am 0 comments

We chat with Eric Hill, energy storage and systems manager at Outback Power, about what to consider when charging your battery bank (avoiding over and undercharges, understanding set points and why) and how homeowners or solar installers can monitor their batteries’ health. Solar Distancing archive Episode 3: How to sizeRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 3: How to size a battery bank for your solar PV system

Solar Distancing, ep. 3: How to size a battery bank for your solar PV system

March 25, 2020 at 9:08 am 0 comments

We chat with Eric Hill, energy storage and systems manager at Outback Power, about why sizing your home’s energy storage system properly is important, and then we get a quick lesson on how to size a system correctly. Solar Distancing archive Episode 2: What should solar installers work on duringRead More

SolarEdge offers the only EV charger/solar inverter on the market.

Solar PV technology trends from the 2020 Inverter Buyer’s Guide

March 24, 2020 at 8:09 am 0 comments

As part of our 2020 Solar PV Inverter Buyer’s Guide, we asked manufacturers to tell us one trend emerging in the marketplace solar installers should be considering. Here is what they had to say. Residential Inverters as a strategic hub Lior Handelsman, VP of Marketing & Product Strategy and FounderRead More

Energy Storage North America to be paired with Intersolar North America again next year

Energy Storage North America to be paired with Intersolar North America again next year

March 23, 2020 at 1:49 pm 0 comments

Diversified Communications, which resurrected and relocated Intersolar North America this year, has acquired Energy Storage North America (ESNA) from producer ESNA EXPO LLC. The investment reinforces its commitment to supporting the new energy economy. In addition to acquiring three of the leading solar + energy storage industry events from theRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 1: What the heck is this?

Solar Distancing, ep. 1: What the heck is this?

March 23, 2020 at 10:02 am 0 comments

Welcome to episode 1 of Solar Distancing with your quarantined host Chris Crowell, managing editor of Solar Builder. Solar Distancing is a reaction to our current predicament — the pandemic isn’t time to panic – it is a time to prep! Solar Distancing will be a short series of informalRead More

SunPower offering localized, solar energy at lower prices to New England homeowners through virtual power plant after auction bid win.

SunPower to aggregate residential customers in New England as a virtual power plant

March 16, 2020 at 9:17 am 0 comments

SunPower recently executed on its plan toward becoming an energy services provider when it was selected to deliver close to 11 MWdc of solar power in New England as a result of the region’s 14th Forward Capacity Auction (FCA 14). The auction is held annually to ensure that the sixRead More