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Tips for planning your next retail PV project

May 5, 2016 at 11:30 am 3 comments

Retail stores, in standalone and strip mall locations, offer prime real estate for rooftop solar installations. With the right amount of space and correct use of materials, rooftop installations can help reduce operations costs up to 50 percent. Planning Factors to consider when planning a retail rooftop installation are timingRead More

Project of the Year Awards 2016 –  Let the nominations begin!

Project of the Year Awards 2016 – Let the nominations begin!

April 26, 2016 at 8:00 am 2 comments

Seems like just a few months ago we named our 2015 Project of the Year award winners. I suppose that’s because it was only a few months ago. So, seems like as good a time as any to move ahead and open up the 2016 Project of the Year nominations!Read More

Solar energy storage product roundup 2016

Solar energy storage product roundup 2016

April 21, 2016 at 9:03 am 4 comments

Residential 1. Enphase Energy Enphase offers an AC plug-and-play system based on a lithium iron phosphate battery from Eliiy Power, with a 10-year warranty on two cycles per day. The battery offers greater than 95 percent depth of discharge. In October, the microinverter maker began offering its Home Energy Solution,Read More

Northeast Solar Boom: Untapped commercial deals are about to pay off in New England

Northeast Solar Boom: Untapped commercial deals are about to pay off in New England

April 18, 2016 at 11:30 am 2 comments

The state of California has long been considered an environmental leader in this country, spearheading growth in the solar industry with more than 11 GW installed to date. Yet, it’s time for a new region to step into the spotlight. In the coming years, the Northeast of the United StatesRead More

The value proposition of AC panels

The value proposition of AC panels

April 14, 2016 at 12:43 pm Comments are Disabled

DC solar panels have dominated the solar market since the discovery of functional terrestrial solar panels in 1953. Now the old technology is being replaced in the market by the next evolution of the solar panel: the integrated AC solar module. AC modules are gaining traction as a popular panelRead More

The tech behind Ideal Power’s Multi-Port Conversion System

The tech behind Ideal Power’s Multi-Port Conversion System

April 4, 2016 at 12:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Solar and storage will be the peanut butter and jelly of the next few decades. And if this is true (and I just said it was), then power conversion solutions that tie the two together in a seamless unison will, obviously, be the bread. Ideal Power has one such solutionRead More

PV in schools: Education sector is one of solar’s best opportunities

PV in schools: Education sector is one of solar’s best opportunities

March 29, 2016 at 9:00 am 3 comments

Organizations in every industry are impacted by societal demands for environmental responsibility, and the education sector is no exception. Across the country, colleges, universities and K-12 schools are rising to the challenge. In fact, according to “The Solar Foundation’s 2014 report, Brighter Future: a Study on Solar in U.S. Schools,”Read More

String optimizers, like this one from Ampt, put voltage and current limits on each string to achieve 100 percent longer strings without exceeding 1,000 volts.

How optimizers bridge the gap to 1,500-volt PV systems

March 21, 2016 at 2:31 pm 3 comments

The need to lower PV system costs is driving large-scale solar developers to consider changing from 1,000- to 1,500-volt DC systems. The United States PV market was able to lower the cost of PV systems by increasing the maximum system voltage from 600 to 1,000 volts a few years ago.Read More

Inside the new, improved decentralized tracker from GameChange Solar

Inside the new, improved decentralized tracker from GameChange Solar

March 15, 2016 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

When GameChange Solar was formed, its goal was to, well, change the game in racking. The game in particular the company has changed is that of levelized cost of energy by offering some of the lowest priced fixed-tilt mounting and racking systems in the industry. The N.Y.-based company is ready toRead More

The value of residential solar trackers for installers and customers

The value of residential solar trackers for installers and customers

March 14, 2016 at 12:00 pm 2 comments

Residential trackers aren’t for every customer, but they are far from a novelty, and having them among your menu of sellable system options could expand your pool of available jobs. Like much of the solar industry, technology in this area has improved. The first such systems on the market toRead More