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Total clean energy disruption is here and three other takeaways from Intersolar 2018

Total clean energy disruption is here and three other takeaways from Intersolar 2018

July 16, 2018 at 12:19 pm 0 comments

Starting with the opening keynote presentations on through the innovations on the expo floor, Intersolar 2018 was all about disruption. Yes, even those of you already succeeding in solar today, if you’re not careful, you could be disrupted too. Here’s what jumped out at us in San Francisco last week.Read 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 0 comments

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

Engineering Insight: Inside Solar FlexRack’s second generation tracker

Engineering Insight: Inside Solar FlexRack’s second generation tracker

July 2, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Amid the solar market’s mad dash to offer tracker solutions, Solar FlexRack has been taking its time. The company launched its first offering, the TDP Turnkey Tracker in early 2016, with the focus on a total solution. In contrast to competitors that were providing stand-alone solutions, Solar FlexRack offered aRead More

SPF acts not only as an additional barrier to the elements, but it is also incredibly insulative.

Upgrading C&I rooftop solar installations with spray polyurethane foam

June 25, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

As we have continued our expansion in the commercial and industrial solar market (which includes commercial, industrial, municipal, university, school, cold storage, food-processing and hospital buildings), we’ve discovered something. If commercial building owners are not overly familiar with how solar arrays are installed, they have legitimate concerns about the potentialRead More

Midwest Values: How to identify market opportunities outside of solar hotbeds

Midwest Values: How to identify market opportunities outside of solar hotbeds

June 22, 2018 at 7:00 am 1 comment

Accurately calculating – Avoided cost of solar from Energy Toolbase on Vimeo. A good starting point for identifying an advantageous solar market is to look at the average retail cost of electricity. For behind-the-meter (BTM) solar projects, high retail electricity prices enable solar project economics to look more attractive. TheRead More

We shift you not: A ground-mount solar system without piles

We shift you not: A ground-mount solar system without piles

June 21, 2018 at 7:00 am 1 comment

At Intersolar North America 2017, we caught wind of a new fixed tilt ground-mount system developed by Nuance Energy, but at the booth there was no physical system on display. Instead, Founder and CEO Brian C. Boguess handed me VR goggles to look through, which now feels appropriate because itRead 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 0 comments

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

Ecolibrium EcoFoot system

Degrees of Separation: How to mount commercial rooftop PV systems to maximize energy

June 19, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

On commercial rooftops, design trends are all about maximizing energy density. Module selection is a huge factor there, but so are the layout and tilt decisions — figuring out the perfect shape and tilt to mount as many modules as possible without compromising their performance. Pairing the right racking systemRead More

Install Inequality: Nearly half of U.S. residential rooftop solar potential is currently out of reach

Install Inequality: Nearly half of U.S. residential rooftop solar potential is currently out of reach

June 18, 2018 at 11:30 am 0 comments

One of the largest barriers to solar adoption on a wide scale is the wealth gap, and it will require more problem-solving than a mandate to overcome it. A new report released by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) shows that nearly half (42 percent) of all the United States’Read More

HydroBlox transports water from high head pressure to low head pressure, creating a path of least resistance.

This non-traditional solar site drainage solution could save you thousands

June 18, 2018 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Installing or building the perfect site requires planning beyond the system itself. In ground-mount applications, for example, field drainage is an underrated attribute. Drainage Explained Typically, the energy dissipation methods on a solar site are aggregate, fabric cloth and perforated pipe. This requires excavation and removal of excess soil asRead More