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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...

Weather Forecasting and My Outdoor Event

10 percent chance of rain? Mother Nature, “Hold my drink.” Boom, there goes your outdoor event! We plan, we worry, and we watch the forecast for weeks and days prior to the big event. Forecasting weather is a science, and yet, it’s the one...

An Innovative Approach to Commercial Solar Pool Control and Monitoring

Designing and building large commercial pool solar thermal systems presents many interesting challenges: sizing the array to meet the pool needs, piping arrangements, thermal expansion, flow balancing, drain strategies, freeze protection, roof...

What You Need to Know about Charging on the Go

The rising popularity of solar has seen a flood of new products on the market, each promising clean, off-grid energy delivered by the sun. You can find a product for just about every need (a solar charging wallet has even been developed), and...

Solar CEO ‘Happy that Solar Energy is at a Dead End.’

Solar power is at a dead end, and I say that happily. I also say it as the CEO of a Utah and Reno-based solar company. On its path and in its current direction, it is impossible for solar energy to go any further. However, that doesn’t mean it...

The Case for Innovation in Solar O&M

It’s Monday, July 30th. The forecast calls for a cloudless, sunny sky with a high of 93 degrees and 72 percent humidity. Two technicians in neon safety vests, with infrared cameras in-hand, drive a Kubota toward hundreds of rows of PV solar...

“How to Compete Against the Big Guys”

The European landscape for PV is currently dominated by very big, and mostly Chinese module manufacturers. They own a large market share and generate tough competition against European module producers. The real challenge for these small-medium...

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