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Span raises $10.2 million in quest to reinvent the home electrical panel

Span raises $10.2 million in quest to reinvent the home electrical panel

May 12, 2020 at 7:00 am 0 comments

While homes today are plugging in an assortment of connected devices, appliances, electronics and energy upgrades such as solar panels, batteries, and EV chargers, the standard electrical panel hasn’t been improved in nearly a century. Span is one strong contender looking to change that. Led by executives and lead engineersRead More

New JA Solar high-power PV modules test over 525 Watts

New JA Solar high-power PV modules test over 525 Watts

May 11, 2020 at 3:46 pm 0 comments

JA Solar, a manufacturer solar photovoltaic products, announced that the power output of its high-efficiency solar modules under standard testing conditions has set a new industry record, reaching above 525 W. Highly powerful PV modules in this range are designed to further reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) andRead 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 0 comments

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

SunCrafter gets innovative by reusing end of life solar PV modules as hand sanitizers

SunCrafter gets innovative by reusing end of life solar PV modules as hand sanitizers

May 11, 2020 at 1:25 pm 0 comments

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed various organizations such as SunCrafter to come up with technological solutions to limit the spread of the virus. SunCrafter is now working with partners to build a roadmap to manufacturing a significant number of its creative solution, which develops hand sanitizers by using end-of-life photovoltaicRead More

Midwest Solar Expo is trying a ‘fully immersive virtual conference’ format (photos)

Midwest Solar Expo is trying a ‘fully immersive virtual conference’ format (photos)

May 11, 2020 at 11:26 am 0 comments

The rescheduled Midwest Solar Expo will return for its seventh year on June 15-17, 2020, as the solar industry’s first ever fully-immersive 3D virtual conference, becoming one of the world’s first B2B conferences to leverage event technology which captures the same conference experience as a live event. The Midwest’s gatheringRead More

St. Louis passes a building energy performance standard (a first in the Midwest)

St. Louis passes a building energy performance standard (a first in the Midwest)

May 11, 2020 at 11:11 am 0 comments

St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson signed an ambitious bill that would require buildings in the City of St. Louis to meet energy efficiency standards and establishes resources to help building owners achieve the savings that come with decreased energy usage. The City is the first jurisdiction in the Midwest andRead More

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HellermannTyton adds bifacial module wire management insight to solar tracker white paper

May 11, 2020 at 10:52 am 0 comments

HellermannTyton’s Wire Management for Single Axis Trackers white paper has been updated to include extensive commentary on bifacial modules as well as modules with split J boxes. The publication provides industry insights and guidance on best practices for installers, site owners and MROs. “As the utility scale solar market evolves,Read More

Three pathways to grow the commercial and industrial solar sector

Three pathways to grow the commercial and industrial solar sector

May 7, 2020 at 11:05 am 0 comments

The Renewable Energy Policy Pathways Report, released by the REBA Institute, finds that expanding competitive supply options appears to have the greatest technical potential to provide the fastest and most cost-effective path to increase customer renewable energy access. In addition, the expansion of utility subscription programs and renewable energy portfolioRead More

IREC publishes a slick playbook for evaluating grid modernization plans

IREC publishes a slick playbook for evaluating grid modernization plans

May 7, 2020 at 10:50 am 0 comments

Grid modernization is a cool thing to say and support, but it is also a nebulous term, which makes it difficult to implement. What counts as “modern?” And how can we be sure the pursuit of new technology doesn’t actually just lead to fancier, expensive toys that aren’t utilized toRead More

Heads up: UtilityAPI now free for three months via OpenSolar (also free)

Heads up: UtilityAPI now free for three months via OpenSolar (also free)

May 6, 2020 at 2:28 pm 0 comments

With most of the country in economic lockdown, fewer people are spending their socially-distanced work-from-home moments thinking about going solar. The solar industry is struggling to the tune of 40 to 60 percent reductions in sales and installations. Solar installers need all of the help they can get to streamlineRead More