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Shave and a rate cut: How solar + storage solutions are shaving peaks, saving big bucks

Shave and a rate cut: How solar + storage solutions are shaving peaks, saving big bucks

July 23, 2018 at 2:46 pm 0 comments

Shaving the peaks off commercial and industrial (C&I) electric bills is the top revenue stream for energy storage systems, and given the trend in increasing utility charges for time-of-use consumption, peak shaving can pay for a system in as little as three years, system providers say. Just how high theRead More

OutBack Power, HiQ Solar expand deal to sell three-phase commercial string inverter

OutBack Power, HiQ Solar expand deal to sell three-phase commercial string inverter

July 23, 2018 at 2:28 pm 1 comment

OutBack Power expanded its partnership with HiQ Solar to better serve current HiQ and ProHarvest customers, establish new markets and develop next generation products. Moving forward, all installer sales, EPC sales, and technical support activities will be managed by OutBack under the ProHarvest brand. HiQ Solar will focus on engineeringRead More

New from CPS America: 1,500-volt inverters, communication interface, turn-key storage solution

New from CPS America: 1,500-volt inverters, communication interface, turn-key storage solution

July 23, 2018 at 2:03 pm 0 comments

CPS America announced several updates to note within its product and service offering at Intersolar North America. 1500V 100kW and 125kW String Inverters.  Shipping now with UL certifications for customers in America, these inverters come in two architecture options: centralized or distributed array configurations. CPS provides two types of wire-boxes, eachRead More

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NEXTracker acquires key patents from Optimum Tracker

July 23, 2018 at 1:49 pm 0 comments

NEXTracker announced a technology agreement with French solar tracker company, Optimum Tracker, to acquire key intellectual property elated to mechanical, electrical and software systems that will allow further differentiation of NEXTracker’s solar tracker portfolio of products and services. NEXTracker says the acquired IP is especially relevant for its TrueCapture controlRead More

McCarthy Building Companies uses new program to train local workers to construct 20-MW solar project in Alabama

McCarthy Building Companies uses new program to train local workers to construct 20-MW solar project in Alabama

July 23, 2018 at 1:40 pm 0 comments

McCarthy Building Companies Inc. has begun construction on the 20 MW Cumberland Solar Project in Elmont, Ala., located on 130 acres approximately 20 miles northwest of Huntsville. Selected by Silicon Ranch to be the project EPC, McCarthy’s Phoenix-based Renewable Energy team is seeking to hire and retrain upward of 120Read More

Remote site assessment cuts solar design time, costs (about $850 per install)

Remote site assessment cuts solar design time, costs (about $850 per install)

July 20, 2018 at 7:00 am 1 comment

There are some solar installation costs we can’t control, such as the tariffs imposed on the industry this year. But when it comes to cutting soft costs, which now comprise more than half of the cost of a solar installation, installers have a valuable tool in their tool kits: remoteRead More

AlsoEnergy purchases Draker and is transitioning customers to its platform

AlsoEnergy purchases Draker and is transitioning customers to its platform

July 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm 0 comments

We couldn’t locate a news announcement about this, but according to an email sent to Draker customers, Draker is now a part of AlsoEnergy. “AlsoEnergy has signed a letter of intent to purchase the assets of Draker Energy, including intellectual property, customer lists, and source code. AlsoEnergy is now theRead More

The 2018 International Solar Energy Provisions is ready to order

The 2018 International Solar Energy Provisions is ready to order

July 19, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

The International Code Council and the Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (ICC-SRCC), in collaboration with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), have updated the 2018 International Solar Energy Provisions (ISEP). This publication compiles the solar energy provisions of the 2018 International Codes (I-Codes) and the 2017 National Electrical Code (NECRead More

ForeFront Power to deploy solar, AI-powered energy storage for collection of California schools

ForeFront Power to deploy solar, AI-powered energy storage for collection of California schools

July 19, 2018 at 11:52 am 0 comments

An artificial intelligence-powered energy storage company, Stem Inc., is working with C&I solar developer ForeFront Power to develop solar+storage energy systems for schools and municipalities throughout California. ForeFront Power and Stem were selected as the best renewable energy solutions provider by the School Project for Utility Rate Reduction (SPURR), aRead More

When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

July 19, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

The use of augers and ground screws has been of interest in mounting solar systems for some time, and for the right sized job, they offer smaller solar contractors an opportunity to grow their business. Ground conditions For one, with smaller PV systems one may not need to spend moneyRead More