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The Desert Renewable Energy Conservation Plan – Reconciling competing policies in the California desert

After an eight-year long process, the Bureau of Land Management (“BLM”) recently released the first phase in a plan to encourage renewable energy development in the California desert. In September, the BLM approved the federal portion of the...

Advanced Storage Battery Technology – Providing a foundation for the new energy paradigm

As the debate over fossil fuels vs. renewables continues unabated, a new energy paradigm is gaining traction; pairing solar power with advanced storage battery technology to supplement the electric grid and protect our environment. The burgeoning...

Smart Inverters

Solar power is becoming an increasingly dominant player in electricity production. The distributed nature of this production requires the need to have greater control of and communication with individual solar generation sites. Because inverters are...

Designing Solar Programs – in a new customer-centric solar landscape

The U.S. solar industry reached one million rooftop solar installations earlier this year – a major milestone, and a clear indicator of solar energy’s entry into the mainstream. Rising electricity prices and declining equipment and installation...

Selecting Low-Voltage Switchgear for Grid-Tied Inverters 

When selecting AC and DC switchgear for grid-tied inverters, system designers have a variety of options. There are key design considerations to avoid downtime and reduce overall project costs.  In many design decisions, there is a...

PERC UP – Next-generation solar modules promise new opportunities

The solar industry is booming. The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) reports that 1,655 MW of new solar systems were installed in Q1 of 2016, up 24% over last year. Solar accounted for 64% of all new electrical capacity in the first...

Solar O&M – Leveraging technology to maximize ROI

In the solar industry today, return on investment (ROI) is predicated upon the ability to successfully flip ownership of a solar plant several times during its multi-decade lifespan. The initial project developer is likely to sell the asset to a...

The Evolution of Solar Finance

The early days of solar investing It was not that long ago solar energy developers needed to convince a capital partner there was enough sunshine in New Jersey to power homes. The uncertainty of the market, questions about the reliability of the...

Unique Solar Trackers for a Unique Photovoltaic Plant

Enel Green Power selects Soltec’s SF Utility tracker for a utility-scale test bed in Chile Nowadays a 1.72 MWp PV plant is nothing out of the ordinary. Nevertheless, if we pay attention to innovation, research and development, the ‘La...

Huawei Gears Up For Big Year in North American PV

Bates Marshall, a seasoned veteran of the US solar energy markets, with over 20 years of executive experience, is now in charge of Huawei’s FusionSolar growth strategy in USA. Marshall was previously senior VP at Advanced Energy and before that...

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