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PV System Math: Fewer Available Sites + Poor Planning = Money Down the Drain

A scarcity of good utility scale solar project sites, paired with insufficient engineering, can result in heavy financial losses. Ready to build sites with good soils are getting harder to come by; in order to take advantage of available farmland,...

Global Rise of Solar Power Set to Give Canadian Mines a Place in the Sun

British Columbia is poised to continue to help lead the world in our transition to a lower carbon future. With reserves of some of the highest quality metals and minerals required for this transition, BC has the opportunity to be at the forefront of...

Trade Secrets: Protecting Clean Energy Technology

In today’s competitive marketplace, it is vital that you have a comprehensive plan in place to protect your intellectual property. While most companies include patents and trademarks as key components of their plan, many overlook the existence,...

Smart Off-Grid Will Revolutionize Solar Power

Until now, solar power has been hindered by one simple truth: the sun doesn’t always shine. If you had an off-grid system such as a street light and there was bad weather for more than a few days, the battery would drain, and eventually the...

50 by 20: Standardizing Community-Scale Solar

The Ford Model T was the first car to be affordable for most Americans, thanks to Henry Ford’s revolutionary advancements in standardization. Why not apply that standardization to community-scale solar (CSS)? CSS, also called distribution-scale...

Large Array Solar Panel Cleaning

What is the best way to clean large solar panel arrays? What are the main concerns?  Whether it’s a large commercial community solar garden or utility-grade solar farm, following basic guidelines can increase system output and reduce panel...

Custom-Made in the U.S.A.

On January 22, 2018, many Americans lost hope in a US solar market that was, by all accounts, on track to continue it’s decades-long expansion. When the current Administration implemented a 30 percent tariff on solar cells and panels imported into...

Will Solar Remain King?

The new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was introduced on November 2, 2017 in the U.S. House of Representatives by the Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Texas Representative Brady. After multiple revisions, this major tax reform legislation was signed...

Insights to the Trade Barrier on Solar Cells and Modules

On January 22, 2018, U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Robert E. Lighthizer announced that President Donald Trump had decided to impose safeguard remedies, or temporary trade barriers, with respect to imports of crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells...

Can Module Digitalization Revolutionize PV O&M?

Nearly everything is digitalized these days – except solar modules. Considering all of the developments in the PV industry, it would seem that their time has come. A statistical evaluation of the Bavarian Center for Applied Energy Research (ZAE...

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