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Poll results show utilities losing ground to third-parties in consumer preference for new energy services

Poll results show utilities losing ground to third-parties in consumer preference for new energy services

November 19, 2018 at 9:39 am 0 comments

Customer demand for new energy technologies like electric vehicle (EV) charging and solar power has more than doubled since 2017. Utilities across the country, with an eye on creating new revenue streams, are increasingly launching EV charging and solar power offerings to meet this growing demand. While many consumers viewRead 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

Solar Builder 2018 Gold Project of the Year: Cuyahoga County Landfill

Solar Builder 2018 Gold Project of the Year: Cuyahoga County Landfill

November 6, 2018 at 7:02 am 0 comments

The 2018 Gold Project of the Year is a monument to solar energy as a true local product. The developers are located in state. Over 80 percent of the construction and installation labor was in state. Even the foundations, racking and modules were manufactured in state. But I suppose that’sRead More

Solar Builder 2018 Silver Project of the Year: Annapolis Renewable Energy Park

Solar Builder 2018 Silver Project of the Year: Annapolis Renewable Energy Park

November 6, 2018 at 7:01 am 0 comments

This year’s Silver Project of the Year, the 18-MW Annapolis Renewable Energy Park, is an 80-acre monument to the virtues of civic collaboration. The project’s 54,000 solar panels will generate over 20,000 MWh of clean electricity each year (enough to power more than 12 percent of the city’s homes), generateRead More

Solar Builder 2018 Bronze Project of the Year: Gallup River Plain Solar Farm

Solar Builder 2018 Bronze Project of the Year: Gallup River Plain Solar Farm

November 6, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Standard Solar Inc., a nationwide solar energy development and financing company, put in a ton of work in all phases of development to complete a 9.8-MW solar project for the City of Gallup, N.M. “We’re excited that our unique ability to finance this project played a role in bringing itRead More

Solar Builder 2018 Projects of the Year: Five projects win Editor’s Choice Awards

Solar Builder 2018 Projects of the Year: Five projects win Editor’s Choice Awards

November 6, 2018 at 6:59 am 0 comments

Nominees for the Solar Builder Projects of the Year are submitted throughout the year by our readers, with the best submissions put up for an open online vote. The top three vote getters are named the Solar Builder Projects of the Year — Gold, Silver and Bronze. The remaining nomineesRead More

Soltec is testing for all bifacial tracking variables at its new evaluation center in Livermore, Calif.

Bifacial Gains: How much will bifacial modules add to solar tracker value? We are about to find out

October 23, 2018 at 8:00 am 3 comments

We are on the verge of the bifacial solar tracker era. Projects are being quoted with many starting to break ground later this year and early 2019. Only two issues remain in the way of serious wide-spread adoption. First is the price of bifacial modules, which sits at about 30Read More

Diagram provided by Shanghai Shengpu.

How a sealant pump reduced solar panel waste by 50 percent

October 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm 0 comments

Based in Shanghai, China, Shanghai Shengpu entered the solar market in 2008 and is a primary developer of systems solar manufacturers use to dispense sealant that bonds solar panels together. While Shanghai Shengpu’s dispensing systems are prevalent in the solar industry, its systems are also prominent in the gas andRead More

Market Driver: When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

Market Driver: When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

October 11, 2018 at 8:08 am 2 comments

  The use of augers and ground screws has been of interest in mounting solar systems for some time, and for the right size job, they offer smaller solar contractors an opportunity to grow their business. Small site factors For one, with smaller PV systems, one may not need toRead More

Clear and Present Data: Utility data is kept in the dark, but these providers are shedding some light

Clear and Present Data: Utility data is kept in the dark, but these providers are shedding some light

October 9, 2018 at 7:02 am 1 comment

Solar customer data is increasingly being used for quantifiable savings by solar installers, developers, energy arbitrators and utilities. The software companies specialized in gathering and aggregating this data on residential, commercial and industrial levels are also building more functional systems that will help to standardize energy efficiency and asset managementRead More