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Vertical Reach: Trina Solar is taking turn-key solar procurement to its furthest point yet

Vertical Reach: Trina Solar is taking turn-key solar procurement to its furthest point yet

October 15, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) companies have all too often been forced to choose solar components for projects as a function of what is available in a given timeframe rather than what is preferred. While cost may not be a great issue in these cases, making all the partsRead More

Support Group: How Entropy Solar Integrators saved their sinking Snow Camp, N.C., microgrid

Support Group: How Entropy Solar Integrators saved their sinking Snow Camp, N.C., microgrid

October 10, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Permanent, reliable generation is the ultimate goal of any microgrid development. Without support, the weight of the equipment and pads/skids will cause sinking and tilting of the equipment that could result in system failure. In many areas, these installations must also be secure enough to withstand the possibility of extremeRead More

What to know about the simultaneous AC- and DC-coupling of a solar PV system

What to know about the simultaneous AC- and DC-coupling of a solar PV system

October 9, 2019 at 9:13 am 0 comments

Traditionally, DC-coupled systems were used mainly in small domestic and off-grid applications. Systems using a charger controller to control the power into the chemical storage, or battery bank, were also not typically used commercially. The DC input voltage into the charger controller was close to the nominal battery voltage inRead More

State of Charge: Five things to know about the energy storage market heading into 2020

State of Charge: Five things to know about the energy storage market heading into 2020

October 8, 2019 at 7:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. energy storage market is growing tremendously. Indeed, IHS Markit projects that over 40 GW of energy storage capacity will be installed by 2022, starting from a base of only 0.34 GW installed in 2012 and 2013. This growth of the U.S. energy storage market is driven by severalRead More

SPI recap: Solar politics, corporate influence, diversity and system innovation stand out in 2019

SPI recap: Solar politics, corporate influence, diversity and system innovation stand out in 2019

October 1, 2019 at 11:55 am 0 comments

Solar Power International is an untamable beast for us trade publication writers. Hundreds of exhibitors with new products and services, tracks and tracks of educational sessions and a ton of on- and off-the-record tidbits from casual conversations. Plus, beers start pouring around noon. So, yeah. I jotted down as muchRead More

Countdown to California 2020, Part V: Can the solar sector and grid planners meet in the middle?

Countdown to California 2020, Part V: Can the solar sector and grid planners meet in the middle?

September 26, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

With solar power coming to every new home, the solar sector and grid planners in California try to meet in the middle When it comes to driving solar capacity, California is basically the overachieving kid in class who does all of the work and lets other slacker states glance atRead More

Vote for the 2019 Solar Builder Projects of the Year

Vote for the 2019 Solar Builder Projects of the Year

September 23, 2019 at 11:27 am 7 comments

  We asked for you to send us your coolest, most innovative and noteworthy solar projects of the last 12 months and, boy, did all of you deliver. From among the record amount of submissions, the Solar Builder editorial team has selected the best of the best as nominees forRead More

Watt’s Next? A crowd-sourced collection of ideas, innovations and inquiries for the Solar+ Decade

Watt’s Next? A crowd-sourced collection of ideas, innovations and inquiries for the Solar+ Decade

September 19, 2019 at 2:51 pm 0 comments

It’s gonna break my heart to see it blown to bits. That’s the refrain of the best song of 2019, “Blown to Bits” by Charly Bliss — a catchy rumination on the state of the world right now. It was playing in my headphones as I put this section togetherRead More

Level Up: Fronius shares four inverter trends taking residential solar to the next level

Level Up: Fronius shares four inverter trends taking residential solar to the next level

September 12, 2019 at 11:01 am 0 comments

Inverter specialist Fronius has been diligently preparing a suite of new soft- and hardware solutions for residential and commercial solar applications, including an all-new single-phase inverter generation, that they believe will take solar to the “next level.” In this Solar Business Builder white paper, Fronius explains the four attributes thatRead More

HUD opened a path for low-income solar in California (and any other state that challenges this law)

HUD opened a path for low-income solar in California (and any other state that challenges this law)

August 27, 2019 at 1:15 pm 0 comments

Solar for low-income housing is caught in a Catch-22. Residents in a low-income community would get a huge benefit from the savings and energy independence, but financing and installing systems on multifamily properties is super complex and, in the case of federal housing assistance, actually prohibited – which seems nonsensical.Read More