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How SunPower’s Helix Platform takes aim at commercial sector

How SunPower’s Helix Platform takes aim at commercial sector

February 29, 2016 at 2:00 pm 2 comments

There are two big “I” words for the solar industry in 2016: investment and integration. This could be especially important for commercial projects. Achieving a real widespread influx of commercial solar installations — from large companies, small companies and everyone in between — will likely require some new solutions andRead More

Installed at the breaker panel, power conditioning boxes can reduce EMF by up to 99 percent.

Solar dealers boost revenue with power conditioning equipment sales

February 23, 2016 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

  To sell truly clean, green solar power that increases the energy savings, longevity and effectiveness of solar and other home equipment, proactive dealers are now adding a power conditioning and protection component to typical solar panels, racking and inverters. By providing a more complete electrical solution that handles householdRead More

Brittmore’s automated installation can go at a pace of about 160 modules an hour.

Install-O-Matic: One solar company is turning the jobsite into a factory

February 8, 2016 at 12:08 pm Comments are Disabled

Ever since the first solar PV system was installed, someone has been trying to remove components from it. Many of these are small and surgical — what used to need four bolts now needs two, what used to need clips no longer needs them — with each incremental reduction helpingRead More

LCOE Heroes: How inverters drive down PV levelized cost of energy

LCOE Heroes: How inverters drive down PV levelized cost of energy

February 1, 2016 at 12:00 pm 3 comments

Efficiency is a ubiquitous term in the solar industry and an important one — better efficiency means more power, which is what the world needs. But the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is a truer measure of project value, and there are a variety of ways manufacturers up and downRead More

How inverters are changing PV systems with bundled services

How inverters are changing PV systems with bundled services

January 25, 2016 at 12:10 pm 4 comments

There’s that joke about smartphones that’s kind of a cliché now: Why are they called “phones” still? The phone part is like 1 percent of its usefulness. Inverters are kind of trending in that direction, too. Defining an inverter as merely a device that converts direct current from a solarRead More

The NX Horizon, formerly the Self-Powered Tracker, brings self-contained motor power to each row.

On the Scene: NEXTracker combines solar expertise, product solutions

January 18, 2016 at 2:32 pm Comments are Disabled

Solar power is starting to move into the mainstream, but this current success comes after decades of slow adoption and product evolution — an evolution with which the team at NEXTracker is intimately familiar. NEXTracker might seem like one of the new kids that’s popped up on the solar blockRead More

The SureLink suite of smart device applications includes tracker technology acquired from ViaSol Trackers.

On the Scene: SunLink’s new service approach uses tech industry blueprint

January 18, 2016 at 12:24 pm 1 comment

To understand where the solar industry is about to go over the next five, 10, 20 years, one might look at the tech industry. Fall down this rabbit hole for a minute: Technology companies started by producing their products and selling those products to customers. IBM, for example, made computers.Read More