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California’s New Programs Advance Residential Solar

Solar energy got a big boost in California recently, when the state government adopted new policies to establish a more progressive foundation for the use of solar power in residential buildings. It’s all part and parcel of its pioneering...

A New Frontier for Solar: Utility Build-Transfer Agreements

Historically, electric utilities in the U.S. have been buyers and sellers, but not producers, of solar energy. Largely due to tax and accounting constraints, vertically integrated, regulated utilities traditionally have entered into power purchase...

Keeping an Eye on the Grid

New application gateway technologies at the network edge, enable highly-optimized industrial IoT solutions that enhance productivity of existing grid infrastructure. In other words, the traditional system utilities use to monitor DER and...

Outdoor Exposure: The anatomy of solar PV equipment tests

Solar photovoltaics (PV) has experienced strong commercial growth in recent years, evolving from a niche market of small-scale applications to a mainstream electricity source. This growth provides promise for substantial PV industry market...

Keeping Landfills Free of Solar PV Waste

Advancements in the solar PV industry have come from all areas. Jumps in solar panel efficiencies have improved energy output, markets have matured, project financing has become readily available, and module prices have dropped exponentially. These...

New Tool Forecasts Local Power Generation

How much electricity did solar and wind installations generate in your area in the past 24 hours? How much power will they produce today and tomorrow? The vast...

What’s the difference? SCADA Operational Management vs Performance Management

Utility-scale solar plants require a SCADA system to address the unique challenges of managing PV power generation. Although SCADA systems monitor and control a wide range of devices at sites, they can be even more beneficial when used for...

Das SolarBuggy ist Sehr Gut

Hoping to set a Guinness World Record, students from a German university are building a solar vehicle that will be powered by the blazing, Australian desert sun. Students at Bochum University of Applied Sciences call their solar buggy...

Repowering Your Commercial Solar System

Solar operations and maintenance service are recognized as an integral part of any PV system’s operational requirements. Consistent availability, and rapid return to service times, allow asset managers to forecast energy production with greater...

External Transformer Oil Sampling: How to improve your bottom line with safety, convenience & compliance

External sampling devices allow technicians to take transformer oil samples without first de-energizing the transformer. This saves time, money, and the hassle associated with de-energizing… and it could even save a life. Along with avoiding the...

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