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A ton of solar companies are set to blitz Capitol Hill today to educate, advocate

A ton of solar companies are set to blitz Capitol Hill today to educate, advocate

December 6, 2018 at 9:38 am 0 comments

Led by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), today nearly 70 solar companies are visiting the offices of more than 100 members of Congress in an educational advocacy blitz called Solar Shines on the Hill Day. Solar workers from across the nation will be meeting with members of Congress andRead More

Know your battery specs: Nameplate capacity (10 kWh) vs. Usable capacity (7 kWh)

Know your battery specs: Nameplate capacity (10 kWh) vs. Usable capacity (7 kWh)

December 6, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

A common misconception is that lead acid batteries cost less than lithium-iron phosphate batteries. However, what most fail to consider is that you have to buy many more lead acid batteries — sometimes double, triple or quadruple as many — just to reach the same usable capacity as you wouldRead More

California Building Standards Commission makes it official: New homes will have solar starting in 2020

California Building Standards Commission makes it official: New homes will have solar starting in 2020

December 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm 0 comments

Making it official, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) unanimously confirmed the new standards that require solar on new homes in California starting in 2020. This final regulatory vote confirms that the California Energy Commission (CEC) followed the correct process in developing the new rules established in May, making CaliforniaRead More

Solar Builder shoutout to Melanie Santiago-Mosier for her commitment to diversity in solar

Solar Builder shoutout to Melanie Santiago-Mosier for her commitment to diversity in solar

December 5, 2018 at 3:54 pm 0 comments

Melanie Santiago-Mosier is someone you should know about. She is the Vote Solar Access & Equity Director and was awarded the competitive Advocacy Award during the 7th annual U.S. Clean Energy Education and Empowerment (C3E) Women in Clean Energy Symposium, a distinct award that recognizes Santiago-Mosier for her impact advancingRead More

Battery performance and warranties: Look for these seven things in your battery warranty’s fine print

Battery performance and warranties: Look for these seven things in your battery warranty’s fine print

December 5, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Beyond merely setting guidelines for battery repair and replacement, battery warranties can serve as a valuable buyer’s guide for your next energy storage project. As the old adage advises, “it’s all in the fine print!” Indoor vs. outdoor installation location If the warranty specifies coverage limitations related to the temperatureRead More

New York sets in motion first nine community solar projects in its Solar For All program

New York sets in motion first nine community solar projects in its Solar For All program

December 4, 2018 at 2:55 pm 0 comments

The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority announced that nine community solar projects throughout New York have been awarded contracts through the “Solar For All” program. This is the first in a series of awards under the program to provide access to no-cost community solar to 10,000 low-incomeRead More

How aerial imagery helped Auric Solar close more sales (and how you can too)

How aerial imagery helped Auric Solar close more sales (and how you can too)

December 4, 2018 at 2:14 pm 0 comments

Auric Solar, a residential and commercial solar power provider, turned to Nearmap, a premium global location content provider specializing in high-resolution aerial maps, to accelerate the company’s initial assessments. The result was a more complete and accurate view of properties that led to overall better solar sales proposals. How itRead More

EnSync Energy DER systems tie together solar, wind in microgrid at Ohio trucking terminal

EnSync Energy DER systems tie together solar, wind in microgrid at Ohio trucking terminal

December 4, 2018 at 1:34 pm 0 comments

EnSync Energy Systems has a lot of interesting concepts for residential and commercial distributed energy resource (DER) systems and Internet of Energy (IOE) control platforms. Its latest deployment is coming via a partnership with WindStax Energy to build a microgrid at a new PITT OHIO trucking terminal in Parma, Ohio.Read More

Boston law firm Sherin and Lodgen launches National Renewable Energy Practice

Boston law firm Sherin and Lodgen launches National Renewable Energy Practice

December 4, 2018 at 10:51 am 0 comments

The opportunity in solar energy is too great to contain’s Sherin and Lodgen LLP award-winning solar energy practice. The Boston law firm announced it is expanding that original concept into a national Renewable Energy Practice Group to meet the needs of the accelerating renewable energy and energy storage industries. Chaired byRead More

Solar Energy Industries Association solidifies Puerto Rico solar, storage association as official affiliate

Solar Energy Industries Association solidifies Puerto Rico solar, storage association as official affiliate

December 4, 2018 at 10:34 am 0 comments

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) announced that the Solar & Energy Storage Association of Puerto Rico (SESA-PR) is now an official SEIA affiliate. “This partnership was a natural outgrowth following the solar industry’s response to last year’s devastating hurricanes,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, SEIA’s president and CEO. “By workingRead More