News

Solar industry news: Mounting, inverter, PV module, tracker and energy storage trends; net metering regulation; financing, buying trends and more.

COVID-19 response: Velo Solar offering custom Energy Resiliency and Continuity plans

COVID-19 response: Velo Solar offering custom Energy Resiliency and Continuity plans

March 30, 2020 at 9:41 am 0 comments

In the midst of a rapidly shifting social and economic climate, Atlanta-based Velo Solar has deployed its team of experts (in engineering, energy, battery storage and technology) to help companies plan for and adapt to change. This team is now available to work with any company to create a custom planRead More

Generac debuts an automatic transfer switch with home energy monitoring built in

Generac debuts an automatic transfer switch with home energy monitoring built in

March 27, 2020 at 1:03 pm 0 comments

Power outages from coast to coast have created a growing demand for home standby generators. With electric utility bills also on the rise, Generac Power Systems is answering the challenge of protecting homes from outages while also protecting bank accounts with a new energy-monitoring PWRview Automatic Transfer Switch (ATS). WithRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 5: Basics of battery recycling

Solar Distancing, ep. 5: Basics of battery recycling

March 27, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Eric Hill, energy storage and systems manager at Outback Power, joins us again to discuss what to do with batteries when they have reached end of life. Can you recycle them? Which kinds? And how do you go about doing that? Solar Distancing archive Episode 4: Battery charging and monitoringRead More

COVID-19 response: Stellar Solar gets super creative with this restaurant referral program

COVID-19 response: Stellar Solar gets super creative with this restaurant referral program

March 26, 2020 at 12:51 pm 1 comment

Stellar Solar, one of San Diego’s most experienced residential and commercial installers since 1998, has launched a super cool lead-generating marketing program that’s also designed to help San Diego County restaurants generate extra revenue — a mutually beneficial concept to help both small businesses during these difficult times. The programRead More

PVComplete debuts first CAD software for utility-scale solar projects

PVComplete debuts first CAD software for utility-scale solar projects

March 26, 2020 at 10:19 am 0 comments

Global solar sales and design software company PVComplete released PVCAD Mega today, the first and only CAD software for utility-scale PV projects, built on Autodesk technology. PVCAD Mega delivers precise solar engineering and layouts for tracker and fixed-tilt projects of any size in five minutes or less. “Solar engineers loveRead More

COVID-19 response: Minnesota solar industry pushing for incentive extensions

COVID-19 response: Minnesota solar industry pushing for incentive extensions

March 26, 2020 at 9:49 am 0 comments

Via ENN: An industry group had already been pushing for an extension of a popular solar incentive program set to end in 2021. Faced with a potential economic catastrophe from the coronavirus pandemic, Minnesota’s solar industry wants lawmakers to increase the budget for a solar program funded by Xcel Energy.Read More

Solar Distancing, ep. 4: Battery charging and monitoring basics for solar + storage

Solar Distancing, ep. 4: Battery charging and monitoring basics for solar + storage

March 26, 2020 at 9:31 am 0 comments

We chat with Eric Hill, energy storage and systems manager at Outback Power, about what to consider when charging your battery bank (avoiding over and undercharges, understanding set points and why) and how homeowners or solar installers can monitor their batteries’ health. Solar Distancing archive Episode 3: How to sizeRead More

COVID-19 response: SunPower cuts salaries, expenses to save nearly $50 million

COVID-19 response: SunPower cuts salaries, expenses to save nearly $50 million

March 25, 2020 at 4:41 pm 0 comments

SunPower Corp. just announced a number of moves to manage its business during these COVID-uncertain times. The company believes these actions will position it well for when the solar industry returns to strong growth. (Here’s our most recent roundup of solar-related COVID-19 news tidbits). “During these unprecedented times, our primaryRead More

Astral Power, Inc.

COVID-19 response: Astral Power is giving money to any household that enrolls in its community solar program

March 25, 2020 at 4:14 pm 0 comments

Astral Power Inc., a clean energy provider, has been helping local upstate New York residents save on their utility bills by providing them access to clean, renewable, and locally produced solar energy. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, Astral Power is donating $50 to every household that enrolls for CommunityRead More

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative contracts with EDF Renewables for additional 30 MW of solar

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative contracts with EDF Renewables for additional 30 MW of solar

March 25, 2020 at 3:58 pm 0 comments

Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) and EDF Renewables North America have bumped up their previously announced partnership to develop a portfolio of distributed solar projects across Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware. Originally signed in 2019 for 30 MWac of solar power on 10-12 prospective sites, there are now 15 projects expectedRead More