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Let’s Get Wired: Five new wire management solutions to watch

Let’s Get Wired: Five new wire management solutions to watch

August 30, 2016 at 8:10 am Comments are Disabled

Utility-Grade Solar Snake Tray Solution The next generation of cable management for solar installations eliminates the need to trench cables. Snake Tray’s hand-bendable cable trays with integrated anchor points require no fasteners to attach to the Z or C purlin of any racking system. Different models can manage string cables,Read More

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PV Pointers: Five tips for purchasing from a mounting manufacturer

August 22, 2016 at 9:04 am Comments are Disabled

1) Engage manufacturers early Successful renewable energy projects optimize the power generation equipment in accordance with a site’s unique conditions. Unsuccessful projects fight their environment. Rather than advocating a one-size-fits-all solution, your mounting system manufacturer should be involved in project planning from day one to recommend options as to howRead More

Watch your assets: Solar O&M tips for maximizing site ROI

Watch your assets: Solar O&M tips for maximizing site ROI

August 15, 2016 at 11:00 am 3 comments

The prodigious growth of solar power in the United States has turned what was once a boutique industry into a multibillion-dollar asset class. Cumulative installed solar PV capacity now exceeds 20 GW, with thousands of projects scattered across the country. With gigawatts now in play, this burgeoning stable of solarRead More

Enter the Matrix: How much can a PV system change when you wire cells in parallel?

Enter the Matrix: How much can a PV system change when you wire cells in parallel?

August 2, 2016 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

All PV power generation starts with a simple cell. One is wired to the next, then to the next, and then those are grouped into modules and then into panels and then strung together and so on. So, what happens when you change how that single cell exists within theRead More

Community Solar Legal Primer: From project structure to consumer protection

Community Solar Legal Primer: From project structure to consumer protection

July 25, 2016 at 12:46 pm 8 comments

Community solar, a type of project in which multiple consumers support a shared PV system, is growing in popularity. Since the first community solar program was launched in 2006, 13 states and the District of Columbia have adopted legislation to facilitate the deployment of community solar projects. In total, approximatelyRead More

Spread the Wealth: We look at the value decentralized tracker systems bring to a project

Spread the Wealth: We look at the value decentralized tracker systems bring to a project

July 19, 2016 at 7:53 am 1 comment

Designing and building the perfect site is all about knowing your options. In the ground-mount C&I and utility-scale world, those options keep expanding. The latest system design to gain steam is the decentralized tracker, which gives each row its own ability to track the sun and optimize energy harvest independentRead More

Intersolar 2016 Preview: Check out these products making their debut on the show floor

Intersolar 2016 Preview: Check out these products making their debut on the show floor

July 6, 2016 at 9:00 am 5 comments

Intersolar North America is one of the premier solar industry trade shows of the year. Whether it is your first time or your 25th time (somehow this is the 25th anniversary), the bigness of the event can be overwhelming. What to see? We have you covered. Here are some ofRead More

How California’s Rule 21 inverter requirements expand grid capacity, limit energy (revenue) generation

How California’s Rule 21 inverter requirements expand grid capacity, limit energy (revenue) generation

June 28, 2016 at 8:22 am 4 comments

A multi-year effort has been ongoing in California to update technical requirements for connecting Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to the grid, known as Rule 21. The experience of Germany was cited as one reason to take action. In Germany, significant grid destabilization problems arose when high penetration levels of solarRead More