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Tips for Choosing an...
As the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar subsid....
Meeting California...
The solar industry in California is facing several challenges: (1) New California building codes req....
How Europe is Commit...
A rising tide of countries around the world have begun to craft sustainable energy systems designed ....
The Revolution of Su...
Commercial size carports are often the easiest solution to deploy large areas of solar collectors in....
Following “Traditi...
The “traditional” operating lease has been used for decades by equipment salespeople to sell all....

CURRENT ISSUE


No Fear - Trusting remote sensors in wind farm prospecting
Our industry is pretty risk-averse. Some of us like to take things very slowly when it comes to embracing change in the wind farm development sector. For others, it’s all about change and innovation. Bigger and more efficient wind turbines added to....
Ready for Winter Ice?
After last winter, bringing up a topic such as ice accumulation to turbines may draw a few groans. If anything, it confirms just how significant the impact of extreme cold and icing can be on wind turbine performance and production. Of course, there ....
Tips for Choosing and Using Land Management and GIS Software
As the federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) for solar subside, clean energy companies face increased pressure to boost profitability from their assets. Knowing what you own and managing operations efficiently r....
The newly developed DoMega+ makes handling heavy-duty round slings easy. The round sling is made of ultra-high-molecular-weight polyethylene....
The new SpinTORQ 360 Continuous Rotation Torque Wrench from Snap-on Industrial is a continuously spinning, low profile torque wrench and is ....
Antaira Technologies has expanded its industrial networking infrastructure family with the introduction of the LMP-1600G and LMX-1600G ....
Emerson has expanded its Greenlee hand tool line to include new 9" High Leverage Pliers. These new plier offerings have a double-dipped grip....

The Power of Time
Power vs energy. kW vs kWH. Inverter capacity vs battery capacity. Do you know the difference? A sustainable future featuring solar power plus energy storage should be getting more transparent and less confusing. But, as you can tell, that’s not al....
Solar Thermal Pools: Commercial design and implementation
Watching aerial images of large commercial solar systems often brings to mind the monumental effort and attention to detail involved in getting a project to completion. Over the years, I have come to learn and appreciate the nuances and the fine deta....
Great Expectations: Underperformance in U.S. solar market
For years, the solar industry has believed that utility-scale projects meet expectations. Investors, owners, operators, and developers have been making financial decisions based on the assumption that half of their portfolios will over-perform, to ma....
Kinetic Solar introduces an economical new mount for commercial metal roof projects. With commercial installations in mind, the design has b....
Portland General Electric recently launched Green Future Impact, a new solution that helps large commercial and industrial customers source ....
The SOLA-TECS F system was developed for cleaning PV modules on ground mounted systems. With the F system horizontal oriented brush movement....
Dynapower announces that its DPS-500 DC to DC converter for solar plus storage has been certified for IEC 62109 from TÜV Rheinland. It is t....

Energy Storage

Fall Maintenance for Battery-Based Off-Grid Systems
For several decades, battery-based PV systems have provided reliable and affordable alternative energy storage solutions for residential and commercial use - in remote locations as well as developing countries. Exposure, and the incentive of lowering....
Factory Finished
Energy generation and consumption are changing rapidly around the globe. As renewable generation merges with energy storage technologies, new power architectures must be applied. Integrators face significant challenges and pitfalls while respond....
How Batteries Will Drive RE Peaker Plants
Many people are unaware of the massive fluctuations in power grids all over the country.  There is a spike in power demand when people around a city wake up each morning - we begin to turn on lights, TVs, showers, and many more household el....
ABB has introduced the next generation of automatic transfer switches (ATS), which increase system reliability, connectivity, and ease of us....
Dynapower, in partnership with LCA, is pleased to offer financing options for system integrators and buyers of Dynapower energy st....
The SMA Energy System Home delivers value to homeowners through backup power and energy management functionality, and simplicity to solar pr....
Highview Power has developed, in partnership with Finland-based Citec, a modular cryogenic energy storage system, the CRYOBattery, that is s....

Energy Efficiency

Energy Awareness Month: How using renewable energy helped one environmental footprint
As October brings in low temperatures contrasted by rising thermostats, energy efficiency is at the forefront of our minds. First implemented in 1991, October also marks National Energy Awareness Month, aiming to promote the importance of energy....
Insuring a Renewable Future
With change comes risk. This is true of any business, and especially true as we watch the evolution of technologies, distribution methods, and business models in the renewables industry. Prototypical or unproven equipment, such as specialized blades,....
Simplifying Distribution Automation in Substations and Pole-Tops
Technological advances in “all-in-one” communication and automation processors allow distribution of information in many protocols, while performing sophisticated logic functions and alarm annunciation. Utility substation automation schemes ar....
SAKOR Technologies Inc. announces it has developed a series of dynamometer systems for customers required to test and verify the level of ef....
energyOrbit has announced a new service to support customers using its existing cloud-based management platform. Through this service, calle....
The STMicroelectronics VIPer26K high-voltage converter integrates a 1050V avalanche-rugged N-channel power MOSFET enabling offline power sup....
Baltimore Aircoil Company’s (BAC) HXV Hybrid Cooler offers both evaporative and dry cooling in a water saving and energy-efficient solutio....