Featured

2013 Ground-Mount Project of the Year Runner-Up: Konterra Solar Microgrid

2013 Ground-Mount Project of the Year Runner-Up: Konterra Solar Microgrid

November 18, 2013 at 7:05 am Comments are Disabled

Energy storage is a fairly overlooked option when it comes to solar projects. Batteries are a necessary addition when the solar system is out in the wilderness and most definitely off-grid, but when it comes to larger commercial installations in urban environments, energy storage isn’t often included in the plans.Read More

2013 Roof-Mount Project of the Year Honorable Mentions

2013 Roof-Mount Project of the Year Honorable Mentions

November 18, 2013 at 7:01 am Comments are Disabled

    Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) North Adams, Massachusetts 503 kW Once a factory for printing textiles, the building that houses the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MoCA) in North Adams, Mass., is now a factory for sun-powered electricity. Tecta Solar completed a 503-kW roof-mount project in MayRead More

2013 Ground-Mount Project of the Year Honorable Mentions

2013 Ground-Mount Project of the Year Honorable Mentions

November 18, 2013 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

  Beach City Ground-Mount Beach City, Ohio 625 kW About one-fifth of the homes in a small, 1,000-resident village in Ohio can now use electricity entirely generated by a 625-kW solar system built on old farm land. Beach City hooked up its 4-acre system in June 2013 with the helpRead More

New Blueprint for Rooftop Solar Analysis

New Blueprint for Rooftop Solar Analysis

September 16, 2013 at 8:55 am 1 comment

A web-based program funded by the U.S. Department of Energy redraws the approach for finding a property’s solar potential. Web-based technologies are having a transformative impact on many industries by enabling companies to conduct key business functions in a way that is faster, less expensive and more responsive to customerRead More

Intelligence to the Rescue!

Intelligence to the Rescue!

September 16, 2013 at 8:50 am Comments are Disabled

Rules and regulations may try to hold them back, but smart inverters will soon be an integral piece of the solar puzzle. Inverters are an important — albeit boring — part of a solar power system. They convert the DC power produced by the solar array into AC power readyRead More

SOLAR HOME IMPROVEMENT 
A Sungevity salesman educates a Lowe’s customer about solar inside a store. Sungevity has been working with Lowe’s stores across multiple states since 2011. Photos courtesy of Sungevity.

Thinking Inside the Box

September 16, 2013 at 8:46 am Comments are Disabled

Partnering with big box stores allows solar installers to increase job prospects. National big box retailers like Costco, Lowe’s and Home Depot can drive up deal volume for solar installers lucky enough to be able to co-market at store sites, but only a handful of players seem to be lockingRead More

LESS DISRUPTION  
The GreenFasten mounting hardware secures with one fastener directly through the flashing. QuikFoot, EcoFasten’s other popular mounting product, uses two fasteners 
hidden by the flashing.

Putting Roofs Before Solar

September 16, 2013 at 8:45 am Comments are Disabled

EcoFasten Solar uses its roofing expertise to manufacture solar attachment hardware. Shingles, tiles, slates, metal, rubber, thermoplastic, mud, grass, sticks — anything can be thrown on top of a roof for protection. And when someone wants to put a solar array on top of that mess of materials, knowledge ofRead More

Solar Power International Showcase

Solar Power International Showcase

September 16, 2013 at 8:44 am Comments are Disabled

The solar energy industry is in high gear and at Solar Power International 2013 (SPI), October 21-24 at the McCormick Place in Chicago, participants can plug into the technologies, personal connections and professional insights that give rise to new business and learning opportunities. Widely regarded as the can’t-miss industry eventRead More

Q&A With Trojan Battery Company

Q&A With Trojan Battery Company

September 16, 2013 at 8:43 am Comments are Disabled

Solar Builder spent some time talking with Dean Middleton, director of renewable energy sales for Trojan Battery Co., about the basics of using batteries with solar installations and what’s in the future for energy storage. Here’s a crash course in batteries and energy storage in the solar industry. What typeRead More

The Indy 24,000 kW

The Indy 24,000 kW

September 16, 2013 at 8:42 am Comments are Disabled

The Indiana state capital motors its way into the solar record books. The intense sound of power echoes off the coliseum of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway every Memorial Day weekend as 33 drivers vie to be the winner of the historic Indy 500. Nearby Indianapolis International Airport (IND) has harnessedRead More