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Dawn of the Lead: Don’t call it a comeback, lead batteries have been here for 160 years

Dawn of the Lead: Don’t call it a comeback, lead batteries have been here for 160 years

August 20, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

As we stare at the horizon of grid-tied residential solar + storage, waiting for the dawn of the lithium-based battery era, are we overlooking the potential of lead-acid batteries? “There’s inherent advantages in lead that aren’t talked about enough, and all of the lead battery companies are making money andRead More

Learned Behavior: Advances in machine-learning lead the way to true solar + storage profitability

Learned Behavior: Advances in machine-learning lead the way to true solar + storage profitability

August 13, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

In the compelling short story “Lifecycle of Software Objects,” author Ted Chiang explores a world in which artificial intelligence (AI) is reared and cared for just as you would a child. He did this because he sees the commitment life-long learning and development as the only true way for AIRead More

Stacks on Value Stacks: The large-scale solar plus storage market is coming together

Stacks on Value Stacks: The large-scale solar plus storage market is coming together

August 6, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Large-scale solar + storage is on the drawing boards of a host of major EPCs, with the current round of demonstration plants leading to wholesale installations by 2020, say several industry players. “While we are early in the deployment cycle for large-scale solar + storage, we expect a ramping atRead More

Burn before you build: The importance of destructive battery testing

Burn before you build: The importance of destructive battery testing

July 30, 2019 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Batteries solve the problem of intermittent solar irradiance and reliable clean energy. With energy storage systems, PV project owners and off-takers can continue using solar power long after the sun sets. After years of hype, battery systems are finally gaining traction in major markets, especially in states such as Hawaii,Read More

Countdown to 2020, part IV: How California is both boosting and undermining its solar + storage future

Countdown to 2020, part IV: How California is both boosting and undermining its solar + storage future

July 25, 2019 at 8:52 am Comments are Disabled

California has a vision for a widespread residential solar + storage market that would ultimately supplant PV-only systems in both effectiveness and return on investment and is currently assembling all of the pieces to bring it to life. Those pieces include: Revisions to Title 24 of the California Code ofRead More

The Apollo Elementary School in Titusville, Fla., lost power during Hurricane Irma and used the solar + storage system to power emergency lights and charge cell phones. Photo Credit: Nick Waters, Florida Solar Energy Center

The Riddle of Resilience: What’s important for society and the economy and yet has no value?

July 23, 2019 at 8:05 am Comments are Disabled

The Union of Concerned Scientists convened a group of diverse stakeholders in Chicago late last year to discuss the equitable deployment of energy storage. The participants developed a set of consensus principles for storage deployment that elevate the critical importance of community-led clean energy solutions. Listed second in those principlesRead More

Solar Builder Essay Contest: Tell us your big ideas, innovations, predictions for the Solar+ Decade

Solar Builder Essay Contest: Tell us your big ideas, innovations, predictions for the Solar+ Decade

July 11, 2019 at 12:58 pm Comments are Disabled

SEIA has branded the 2020s the Solar+ Decade, and we at Solar Builder agree. We are anticipating a widespread renewable energy disruption, led by the solar industry, and we are excited to see what new business models and technology emerge in the coming years. Stuff like: • Building-integrated PV •Read More

Capital Dynamics, Sol Systems are forming Sol Customer Solutions to boost commercial solar biz

Capital Dynamics, Sol Systems are forming Sol Customer Solutions to boost commercial solar biz

July 10, 2019 at 5:09 pm Comments are Disabled

Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, announced that its Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) business and Sol Systems, one of the most experienced solar finance and development platforms in the United States, have formed a joint venture: Sol Customer Solutions. Sol Customer Solutions is a partnership focused onRead More

Have a solid staging plan, especially on constrained-area sites like rooftops.

Four C&I solar project development lessons learned by Standard Solar

July 8, 2019 at 3:38 pm Comments are Disabled

One of the many reasons working for Standard Solar is so rewarding is that we do not design and install cookie-cutter projects. We customize each system with the specific host, site location, environmental situation and unique challenges of the project in mind. Overcoming these challenges and providing the best possibleRead More

Sapphire Solar Project, a 2.47-MW install in Lake City, S.C., using Solar FlexRack’s TDP 2.0 Solar Tracker.

Scaling up: Behind-the-scenes moves have readied Solar FlexRack to supply larger projects

July 8, 2019 at 1:42 pm Comments are Disabled

Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is a supplier of custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis solar tracker systems. The Youngstown, Ohio-based company basically handles everything involved in large-scale solar mounting, specializing in full turnkey packages that include all of the engineering, geotechnical and pullout testing plusRead More