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Does SunPower’s exit from PV manufacturing signal a changing trend?

Does SunPower’s exit from PV manufacturing signal a changing trend?

November 15, 2019 at 10:22 am Comments are Disabled

Following the recent announcement that SunPower, one of America’s largest solar-panel makers, is to exit from the manufacturing business, Mohit Prasad, Project Manager at GlobalData, a data and analytics company, sent us his view: that, even despite the tariffs, there might be more U.S. companies exiting the PV manufacturing space.Read More

What is frost heave and how does it affect ground-mount solar projects?

What is frost heave and how does it affect ground-mount solar projects?

November 14, 2019 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

The following is an excerpt from a whitepaper produced by TerraSmart. You can request to download the full version here. As the demand for renewable energy grows across North America, an increasing number of utility-scale photovoltaic (PV) projects are being deployed in regions that experience severe winter conditions, including deepRead More

The allure of energy storage in today’s wildfire-ravaged climate

The allure of energy storage in today’s wildfire-ravaged climate

November 13, 2019 at 11:01 am Comments are Disabled

Part IV of Solar Builder’s excellent Countdown to 2020 series about California’s new home solar mandate included this statement: “Speakers at the California Solar Power Expo… expect homebuilders to skip solar-only systems to comply with the Title 24 mandate and go straight to solar + storage systems.” Is that expectationRead More

2019 Residential Solar Builder Project of the Year: City Cabins at Abbott’s Alley

2019 Residential Solar Builder Project of the Year: City Cabins at Abbott’s Alley

November 12, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

City Cabins at Abbott’s Alley Sedro-Woolley, Wash. | six 9.9-kW homes Developer: Martha Rose Construction Inc. Solar Contractor: Banner Power Solutions Modules: Itek Inverters: Enphase Mounting: IronRidge Solar power connotes ideals like freedom, efficiency, conservation and innovation. The 2019 Solar Builder Residential Project of the Year is perhaps the mostRead More

2019 Solar Builder Project of the Year Winners

2019 Solar Builder Project of the Year Winners

November 12, 2019 at 9:00 am 2 comments

Solar Builder Project of the Year submissions were sent in throughout the year by the solar community at-large — developers, EPCs, contractors and manufacturers — to highlight the year’s most outstanding solar sites. The Solar Builder editorial staff reviewed each entry and nominated our favorite 15 projects. From there, itRead More

2019 Non-Residential Solar Builder Project of the Year: Marion House Food Kitchen

2019 Non-Residential Solar Builder Project of the Year: Marion House Food Kitchen

November 12, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Marion House Food Kitchen Colorado Springs, Colo. | 26 kW   Contractor: Peak View Solar Modules: Trina Solar Inverters: SolarEdge Mounting: Unirac In physics, energy is defined as “the capacity to do work” or as “potential realized.” This is true of solar panels, obviously, but also everything else. All matterRead More

2019 Large-Scale Solar Builder Project of the Year: Walmart Phase IV

2019 Large-Scale Solar Builder Project of the Year: Walmart Phase IV

November 12, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Walmart Phase IV New Jersey | 1.9 MW across five stores   The overhead photo of the Walmart Supercenter in Bayonne, N.J., may not be as breath-taking as the 100-MW utility-scale projects surrounded by flowing green hills normally pictured in this category, but we think this photo (and this portfolio)Read More

2019 Solar Builder Editor’s Choice Projects of the Year

2019 Solar Builder Editor’s Choice Projects of the Year

November 12, 2019 at 9:00 am 1 comment

Best LMI Concept The Maycroft Resiliency Center | Washington, D.C. | 62 kW Developers: PEPCO, Jubilee Housing, New Partners Community Solar, Clean Energy Group Contractors: Solar Solution, SunCatch Energy Modules: Boviet Inverters: Enphase, Schneider Storage: Simpliphi Mounting: PanelClaw Jubilee Housing and PEPCO, along with New Partners Community Solar and theRead More

big data

Solar power’s hidden secret is its data — here’s why

November 5, 2019 at 9:13 pm Comments are Disabled

Solar enjoys tremendous advantages over conventional power. It’s cleaner and cheaper than traditional power in many parts of the world, in addition to its popularity with consumers. But there is also an often unrecognized aspect of solar that will play a leading role in further lowering costs and driving adoption.Read More

Take a Heat Peek: Leveraging the power of drones and thermal imaging for solar inspections

Take a Heat Peek: Leveraging the power of drones and thermal imaging for solar inspections

November 5, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Thanks to continued improvements in thermal imaging hardware, software and drone technology, it is now possible to improve the efficiency and accuracy of photovoltaic (PV) inspections more than ever. The current practice of manual electric testing is not sustainable at scale and results in slower PV system buildouts, increased inefficienciesRead More