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Residential Mounting and Racking Buyer’s Guide 2020: The How-To Edition

Residential Mounting and Racking Buyer’s Guide 2020: The How-To Edition

June 1, 2020 at 9:31 am 1 comment

For this year’s Residential Mounting and Racking Buyer’s Guide, we asked residential rooftop mounting and rail system providers to tell us exactly how one of their systems installs and what the advantages might be for certain roofs and solar installation companies. Here is what they had to say. SunModo’s NanoMountRead More

How to deliver solar safely (and successfully) during COVID-19

How to deliver solar safely (and successfully) during COVID-19

May 28, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

In any scenario, the construction phase of a solar energy project brings with it a slew of logistical challenges and decision points for the delivery team. During the COVID-19 crisis, that list has understandably grown. COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of construction, both administrative and in the field. Where solarRead More

Why do solar PV module backsheets fail and what can be done about it?

Why do solar PV module backsheets fail and what can be done about it?

May 21, 2020 at 3:04 pm 0 comments

The backsheet is one of the most likely components of the solar module to fail, which impacts about 1 percent of all modules, and according to A. Bradley et al., 9 percent of all module failures are related to the backsheet component. With premature degradation affecting all kinds of modulesRead More

Using sensors, IoT to manage isolated solar power plants

Using sensors, IoT to manage isolated solar power plants

May 20, 2020 at 10:33 am 0 comments

Ask most people about the key difference between renewable and conventional energy sources, and you’ll almost certainly hear about their respective environmental impacts — differences which are both real and important. But for those who actually work in the electric power industry, one of the most significant practical differences isRead More

Amphenol Solar Project, New York. Solar FlexRack structures.

Structural Solutions: Challenging solar sites solved by mounting and racking systems

May 19, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Giant, sprawling solar projects on flat landscapes are no longer the norm. For solar energy to proliferate across the country, PV systems need to affix to various unfriendly environments — rough terrains, oddly shaped parcels, confined city corners, obstructed roofs and so on. Luckily, there are more solutions for solvingRead More

Improving grid resilience in the face of climate change, natural disasters — and now COVID-19

Improving grid resilience in the face of climate change, natural disasters — and now COVID-19

May 13, 2020 at 11:52 am 0 comments

At the start of 2020, climate change, natural disasters and public policy were the biggest concerns when it came to grid resilience. Fast forward just a few months, and grid reliability is taking center stage, as the world contends with the COVID-19 crisis. Maintaining reliable power for healthcare, work, educationRead More

10 structural solar mounting problems to avoid, observed by PV Diagnostics

10 structural solar mounting problems to avoid, observed by PV Diagnostics

May 12, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

One of the most important factors while optimizing the cost of a solar power plant is Module Mounting Structure (MMS), which is a key ingredient in the successful running of a solar power plant. Most of the BoS components like transformers, inverter, cables, SCB, etc. are bought from the suppliersRead More

Exclusive look at Blue Ion LXHV, a high-voltage commercial microgrid solution from Blue Planet Energy

Exclusive look at Blue Ion LXHV, a high-voltage commercial microgrid solution from Blue Planet Energy

May 11, 2020 at 3:20 pm Comments are Disabled

The Blue Ion LXHV from Blue Planet Energy is a collection of technologies aimed at providing a complete commercial storage microgrid solution – including a high-efficiency battery inverter PCS125 from Delta Electronics, LFP batteries, an integrated microgrid controller from Ageto Energy and a specially made enclosure built at Peerless-AV, anRead More

Safety considerations for assessing module-level shutdown solutions

Safety considerations for assessing module-level shutdown solutions

May 11, 2020 at 9:44 am Comments are Disabled

Now that California – the largest solar market in the U.S. – has adopted the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC), many solar installers wonder what a good solution for the Module Level Shutdown (Art. 690.12) requirement looks like. With safety being paramount, this article identifies the major criteria for assessingRead More

Figure 1: A PV module undergoing dynamic mechanical loading.

Mounting and Cracking: Structural durability issues to consider amid a wave of new PV module designs

May 7, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

The most important part of a PV mounting structure is the module itself. Along with generating energy, PV modules play a key role in maintaining the overall structural integrity of the entire system. However, they are susceptible to a wide range of mechanical durability challenges that may lead to degradedRead More