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                                                                                                            The new CEC policy focuses on four key areas: smart residential photovoltaic systems; updated thermal envelope standards (preventing heat transfer from the interior to exterior and vice versa); residential and nonresidential ventilation requirements; and nonresidential lighting requirements. The standards also encourage demand responsive technologies such as heat pump water heaters, improvements to a building’s thermal envelope to enhance comfort, and energy savings by inclusion of high- performance insulation and windows.
“Under these new standards, buildings will perform better than ever, and at the same time they contribute
to a reliable grid,” explained CEC Commissioner Andrew McAllister, the commission’s lead on energy efficiency. “The buildings that Californians buy and live in will operate very efficiently while generating their own clean energy. They will cost less to operate, have healthy indoor air and provide a platform for ‘smart’ technologies that will propel the state even further down the road to a low emissions future.”
Need for education
As alternative-energy policies become more prevalent in states across the
U.S., builders must be in tune with the demands and requirements of structural design and implementation that optimize the performance of solar, as well as other clean energy systems.
While much has been written about solar energy and its benefits, education about system design and proper installation is, at best, lagging. Southern orientation of solar panels for maximum sun exposure, the location of a home, and its relative climate zone, are all critical to performance. Even something as basic as roof color can improve the performance of a solar energy system; combining a PV system with a “cool” roof (white or light colored) can boost the performance of the system by as much as 10 percent.
   A new generation
At this critical energy threshold, the solar and storage industries must collaborate and partner at the highest level to keep the momentum moving ahead. The global energy industry
is at the cusp of a new generation of intelligent energy production and use. By investing in solar plus storage plus smart management systems, builders and home owners can significantly help advance the sustainability efforts of
our entire nation. This new paradigm
of energy partnerships is a win-win,
not only for solar energy providers and consumers, but for everyone. It’s time to make the financial and human resource commitments to keep moving the energy industry towards a cleaner environment and healthier world.
Gary Liardon is President of the Consumer Group Nationwide at PetersenDean Roofing & Solar. PetersenDean specializes in new residential and commercial construction. The Fremont, Calif.-based company employs 3,000 workers and operates in
11 states: Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Louisiana, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Texas.
PERC and mono solar technologies
Mission Solar, a U.S. based supplier of high -efficiency solar modules, has debuted four new solar panels. MSE PERC 60 is a 60-cell module which features five busbar technology, offering a power output of 310W.
The sleek, all black design gives this module quality aesthetics, making its application a solution for residential and commercial projects. MSE PERC 60 incorporates a white back sheet to provide a power output of 315W. MSE Mono 72 features monocrystalline, five busbar technology with a power output of 350W. Commercial and utility scale projects are suitable for this product. Mission Solar Energy’s highest performing module is a 72- cell panel, MSE PERC 72, featuring PERC, five busbar cells with a power output of 370W. Built to withstand extreme weather conditions, this product is best suited for commercial and utility-scale projects. Production of the new product line is expected
to ramp up in Q4 of this year, making products available in early 2019. Mission Solar
Residential roof mount system
SnapNrack’s Ultra Rail System is a sleek, lightweight rail solution for mounting solar modules on the roof. Ultra Rail,
a lighter rail profile, is an economical solution for projects in more average load conditions, especially when attachment spacing is already dictated by the existing roof structure and more mounts are needed to disperse the weight of the system. Furthermore,
Ultra Rail is a cost effective solution for customers installing on a mix of roof surfaces rather than one roof type for every install. The new Ultra Rail Mounts include snap-in brackets for attaching rail. The spring-loaded roof mounts provide full rail leveling capabilities and all components come pre-assembled. SnapNrack’s wire management solutions are compatible with the Ultra Rail System which features a large top rail channel, providing ample room for wires and cables. Furthermore, the system
is compatible with all existing module clamps and maintains the same install experience installers are familiar with. SnapNrack |
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