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NREL update: The puzzle of scaling perovskite solar cells (and possible solutions)

NREL update: The puzzle of scaling perovskite solar cells (and possible solutions)

April 16, 2018 at 11:23 am 0 comments

As perovskite solar cells set efficiency records and the nascent technology becomes more stable, another major challenge remains: the issue of scalability, according to researchers at the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). “It is scalable,” said Kai Zhu, a materials science researcher at NREL. “We just needRead More

How Green Mountain Power is transforming with customer-centric, renewable energy programs

How Green Mountain Power is transforming with customer-centric, renewable energy programs

April 16, 2018 at 10:58 am 0 comments

Green Mountain Power (GMP) in Vermont has several high-impact opportunities to build upon its customer-focused energy programs while reimagining its business model as an “energy transformation company,” delivering low-carbon, affordable, reliable energy to customers, according to a new Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI) report. Electric utilities like Green Mountain Power areRead More

Duke Energy’s solar rebate program approved in North Carolina

Duke Energy’s solar rebate program approved in North Carolina

April 16, 2018 at 10:45 am 0 comments

Duke Energy’s $62 million solar rebate program – which will help North Carolina customers with the upfront cost of installing solar panels on their property – was approved this month by the North Carolina Utilities Commission (NCUC). The program is part of 2017’s Competitive Energy Solutions for North Carolina law –Read More

Caterpillar dealer commissions 500-kW solar demonstration project for Illinois Municipal Electric Agency

Caterpillar dealer commissions 500-kW solar demonstration project for Illinois Municipal Electric Agency

April 12, 2018 at 8:36 am 0 comments

Caterpillar dealer Altorfer has commissioned a 500-kW solar PV utility-scale demonstration project in St. Charles, Ill., as part of a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA). Featuring more than 4,800 Cat solar panels, the 2.3-acre facility is located in the Legacy Business Center adjacent toRead More

Growth Profile: How J&B Solar and Electric built its Florida-based solar business

Growth Profile: How J&B Solar and Electric built its Florida-based solar business

April 12, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

For many opportunistic entrepreneurs, the solar industry is an enticing place to start a business. There is a demand for sales teams and installers to help expand the reach of solar. However, too often, those individuals do not have solid business plans and burn out quickly, doing more harm thanRead More

Unirac debuts shared rail version of its Ground Fixed Tilt system

Unirac debuts shared rail version of its Ground Fixed Tilt system

April 11, 2018 at 1:33 pm 0 comments

Unirac, Inc. has launched a shared rail version of its Ground Fixed Tilt (GFT), an engineered system of standard ground mount components supported by North America’s largest ground mount distribution network. The new shared rail design delivers enhanced system and labor optimization for maximum productivity. Unirac’s commercial project support makesRead More

ABB offers new code compliant inverters for residential solar installers

ABB offers new code compliant inverters for residential solar installers

April 11, 2018 at 11:16 am 0 comments

Following the new SunSpec communication protocol, ABB offers a unique configuration that ensures design flexibility and compliance with 2014 & 2017 NEC 690.12 requirements. The robust energy production of a single-phase string inverter, the rapid shutdown function and an optimizer option provides installers a stronger solution to code compliant solarRead More

RdTools results show time-series data along with a year-on-year degradation distribution. The same system is analyzed with the clear-sky method (a), and sensor-based method with a poorly maintained sensor (b). In this case, high reported degradation is likely caused by sensor drift, rather than a degrading PV module

NREL promotes new solar tool to accurately calculate PV module degradation rates

April 11, 2018 at 11:01 am 0 comments

How long a product can be expected to perform at a high level is a fundamental indication of quality and durability. In the solar industry, accurately predicting the longevity of photovoltaic (PV) panels is essential to increase energy production, lower costs, and raise investor and consumer confidence. A new softwareRead More

Utilities scramble at last second to defeat popular solar bill in South Carolina

Utilities scramble at last second to defeat popular solar bill in South Carolina

April 11, 2018 at 9:57 am 0 comments

Less than a week after the South Carolina House passed House Bill 4421 (the Electric Consumer Bill of Rights Act) with bipasrtisan support, the bill stalled after utilities raised a technical point that required the House to approve the legislation by a two-thirds majority. In today’s vote, the House votedRead More

Aurora Solar sales, design software now includes HD aerial images from Nearmap

Aurora Solar sales, design software now includes HD aerial images from Nearmap

April 11, 2018 at 9:38 am 0 comments

Aurora Solar, a solar sales and design software leader that was in our nine customer service products to watch, sent word that it is now partnering with Nearmap for a serious upgrade to its site image interface. Through this collaboration, Nearmap’s up-to-date, sub 3” GSD imagery is now available withinRead More