A Solar Power Microgrid: With or without batteries

Although energy storage based microgrids are attracting a lot of attention and investment, there’s a niche for battery-less microgrids. There is a new type of off-grid solar power inverter that can be used with or without batteries. As there are many off-grid solar applications where batteries aren’t actually needed, battery-less microgrids are a possibility not previously offered in the industry. In traditional off-grid solar systems, batteries are a necessity. However,...

Putting Site Safety First: Creating an effective health & safety culture

There is sometimes a perception within the renewable industry that the construction and implementation of solar photovoltaics (PV) is a simple and straightforward procedure, posing little to no risk of harm. After all, working at height...

Solar Power Projects: Racking design considerations

Nearly every solar energy project requires some sort of racking solution to mount the solar panels. From roof- and ground-mount projects (including fixed or tracker applications), to carports and covered parking or specialty structures, there are...

Investing Abroad: The Turkish solar energy market

Turkey’s renewable resources are vast and ripe for development, and demand is high for local, sustainable energy production. Considering Turkey’s increasing need for energy as one of the fastest growing economies in the world and the...

Reducing Costs of Residential Solar PV: Through module & hardware innovations

With a 41% increase in the number of residential solar power installations, 2013 was a record-breaking year for the United States solar industry. So far, 2014 is on track to be another stellar year for growth, with a continued focus on cost...

Making Dollars Count: 10 solar racking tips

It’s been said that you get what you pay for. If that’s true for most items, including technology, than the same might be said for solar energy systems. Although cost is a valid consideration when it comes to installing solar power,...

Smart Technology: The future of solar PV

The US solar photovoltaic (PV) market has matured considerably over the past few years. Through trial and error, some gains and losses, and financial hardships, technology companies and investors, alike, have learned some hard lessons along the...

Carbon: The Answer to Partial State of Charge & Maximizing Deep-cycle Batteries

Deep-cycle batteries are critical components of any renewable energy (RE) and inverter backup system that’s operating in off-grid or unstable grid locations. To meet tough environments and project conditions, such batteries are often...

Sustainability in Action: Eco-friendly family camp benefits from solar pump advances

Medomak Family Camp in Washington, Maine was first founded in 1904, and purchased in 1994 by Holly and George Stone. With a focus on sustainability, the camp is now a much sought-after retreat for families, priding itself on memorable getaways...

Calculating Solar Capacity: Quick evaluation tips for commercial buildings

Because of budget constraints, it’s often difficult for solar energy installers to afford the time to evaluate every building that’s of interest. Site visits are expensive, time-consuming, and often difficult to coordinate with...

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