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After some drama, California’s major utilities have published updated Interconnection Capacity Analysis maps

After some drama, California’s major utilities have published updated Interconnection Capacity Analysis maps

January 14, 2019 at 3:07 pm 0 comments

California has just taken a major step forward in bringing clean local energy online. The Clean Coalition played a major role in this progress as a leading advocate for streamlining the interconnection of distributed energy resources (DER) to the electric grid. On Dec. 28, 2018, California’s major utilities, Pacific GasRead More

Clean Coalition identifies 500 MW of large-scale commercial rooftop solar potential in San Diego

Clean Coalition identifies 500 MW of large-scale commercial rooftop solar potential in San Diego

January 14, 2019 at 2:35 pm 0 comments

The Clean Coalition has released a Solar Siting Survey that highlights the significant level of commercial-scale solar that may be generated within the City of San Diego. The Solar Siting Survey was conducted as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Solar Energy Innovation NetworkRead More

New standard emerging for grid operators to communicate with DER smart inverters

New standard emerging for grid operators to communicate with DER smart inverters

January 14, 2019 at 2:13 pm 0 comments

A collaborative team published a new Application Note to help grid operators communicate with distributed energy resources (DER) and enhance use and value of energy storage and solar generation connected to smart inverters. Led by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), the group includes the DNP Users Group, the MESA StandardsRead More

Grid Neutral: How this DC transformerless inverter brings affordable off-grid power to the grid

Grid Neutral: How this DC transformerless inverter brings affordable off-grid power to the grid

January 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm 0 comments

The latest advancements in solar + storage systems have been a departure from the history in this category — mainly, doomsday preppers and hippies getting off the grid, man. No, the solutions of tomorrow are grid-tied but built to reduce a home’s dependency on the grid, using time of useRead More

Mercom: Solar sector sets record for project acquisitions in 2018 as total corporate funding drops

Mercom: Solar sector sets record for project acquisitions in 2018 as total corporate funding drops

January 10, 2019 at 11:57 am 0 comments

Mercom Capital Group’s annual report on funding and merger and acquisition (M&A) activity for the solar sector in 2018 shows a 24 percent drop in total global corporate funding compared to the $12.8 billion raised in 2017. “2018 was a year filled with uncertainties which started with Section 201 tariffsRead More

Solar stories: CertainTeed’s Kate Collardson on her solar installer career, advice for other women

Solar stories: CertainTeed’s Kate Collardson on her solar installer career, advice for other women

January 10, 2019 at 11:22 am 0 comments

Even from a young age, Kate Collardson was dedicated to saving the planet. “When people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I said I wanted to be a naturalist,” Collardson said. “To me, that meant someone who cares about the environment and works toRead More

Calyxo increases its thin-film module output by 20 percent (what’s next?)

Calyxo increases its thin-film module output by 20 percent (what’s next?)

January 10, 2019 at 11:05 am 0 comments

TS Solar Calyxo GmbH has again significantly increased the efficiency of its thin-film solar modules. The European market leader from Bitterfeld-Wolfen improved the output of its modules by around 20 percent from an average of 90 watts to 111 watts per module. The efficiency of the modules reads now 15.4Read More

REC Group just doubled its solar panel warranties, improved power guarantees

REC Group just doubled its solar panel warranties, improved power guarantees

January 10, 2019 at 9:59 am 0 comments

REC Group, the largest European brand for solar photovoltaic (PV) panels, announced new product and power warranties on its REC TwinPeak and REC N-Peak high performance solar panels. Applicable to all deliveries since October 1, 2018, REC has doubled the product warranty duration from 10 to 20 years across theRead More

SolarEdge EV-charging inverter now works with Google Assistant

SolarEdge EV-charging inverter now works with Google Assistant

January 9, 2019 at 2:32 pm 1 comment

SolarEdge says its EV-charging solar inverter — already the first of its kind out there — now works with Google Assistant to make EV charging simpler for consumers and to better integrate all smart home solutions. “Smart homes have mainly been about convenience and interconnectivity, but the next step ofRead More

RPCS turns to TerraSmart ground screws on challenging Nebraska solar tracker project

RPCS turns to TerraSmart ground screws on challenging Nebraska solar tracker project

January 9, 2019 at 9:04 am 0 comments

RPCS partnered with GenPro Energy Solutions and the City of Atkinson to build a 209-kW solar array in Nebraska on a particularly challenging site. The city formerly used the Atkinson-owned site for fill, a place where soil, trees, and debris were brought then covered with dirt. This created embedment depthsRead More