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Bigger and Better

Bigger and Better

November 15, 2012 at 9:16 am 1 comment

The 1,000-volt inverter has officially been certified for more than a year, providing ample opportunities for larger and cheaper solar farms. A little more than a year ago, North America was introduced to the solar industry’s new star — the 1,000-volt inverter. The product, first presented by American Electric TechnologiesRead More

String inverters are usually mounted on a wall easily accessible for repairs if a string goes down.

Choosing the Right Inverter

November 15, 2012 at 9:15 am Comments are Disabled

String inverters and microinverters both come with their pros and cons. Determining which is best for a residential or small commercial project really comes down to customer preference. Inverter manufacturers definitely consider each other competitors, but they’re colleagues all the same in the fight to take the solar industry toRead More

What is Next?

What is Next?

November 15, 2012 at 9:11 am Comments are Disabled

The PV industry keeps growing, as does the demand for better inverter technologies. The news that the Americas PV market more than doubled the first half of 2012 comes as no surprise — panel prices continue to fall and installations are on the rise. With this massive increase in capacityRead More

Understanding a PPA

Understanding a PPA

November 15, 2012 at 9:10 am Comments are Disabled

Power purchase agreements make buying solar energy more cost-effective for customers and a better fit in their future plans. Knowing how to approach them encourages building better projects. For decades, businesses and homeowners alike have installed solar panels on their roofs and begun generating their own power to offset theirRead More

Cable Management

Cable Management

November 15, 2012 at 9:01 am Comments are Disabled

There’s nothing worse than a sleek solar power system with wires sticking out all over the place. A cable management solution for microinverter installations takes care of that problem. By Mike Levesque With the growing strength of the renewable energy movement, the principles of economic theory continue to influence theRead More

Guaranteeing Solar Warranties

Guaranteeing Solar Warranties

November 15, 2012 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Reassurance that investments in solar will be protected long-term is what grows the industry. By David A. Schroeder and Jeanne Schwartz Equipment warranties are becoming as critical as the sun for solar project development. This idea may seem counterintuitive based on typical 20- to 25-year lifespan of solar projects, butRead More

From the Gridiron to the Electric Grid

From the Gridiron to the Electric Grid

September 4, 2012 at 9:10 am 1 comment

Installing solar power systems at NFL stadiums provide both cost savings and great public relations opportunities for everyone involved. 

No Mess, No Fuss

No Mess, No Fuss

September 4, 2012 at 9:07 am 2 comments

Metal foundations are a simple alternative to pouring concrete around ground-mounted systems. Metal Foundations Industries’ decision to introduce its successful business model to the solar industry was just as simple. Solar power systems are sprouting up across the country just as quickly as the grass and greenery surrounding them. WhyRead More

Solar and MLB: A Homerun

Solar and MLB: A Homerun

September 4, 2012 at 9:06 am 1 comment

Since Busch Stadium opened in 2006, those involved with the St. Louis Cardinals have tried to leave a greener footprint. Microgrid Energy has assisted this crusade for the last three years. CEO Rick Hunter says the energy company has helped save more than $1 million for the MLB franchise byRead More

The Best Fit: aluminum framing systems reduce installation time and costs

The Best Fit: aluminum framing systems reduce installation time and costs

September 4, 2012 at 9:02 am Comments are Disabled

Project Frog in San Francisco is a clean technology company that incorporates a sophisticated approach — including parametric design, precision fabrication, energy modeling, lean manufacturing and continuous monitoring — to create sustainable, efficient structures that reduce overall operating costs and also meet stringent LEED requirements. Project Frog was chosen toRead More