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How Silicon Carbide Enables Sustainable Solar

Solar power generation has experienced rapid growth over the past several years. Net solar power generation reached its highest levels in the U.S. - 66.6 gigawatt-hours in 2018, compared to just two gigawatt-hours in 2011. During this period of...

Solar Project Bottlenecks Starting to Ease

In the midst of widespread uncertainty across the globe from COVID-19, the solar supply chain is finding its way. During the shelter-in-place period, we struggled to set up our homes as an office space, virtual classroom, and perhaps an in-house...

How Does Solar Affect Birds? Deep learning system will monitor birds at solar facilities

When most of us think of birds in relation to clean energy, we immediately picture spinning wind turbine blades. The wind industry invests a great deal of time and money to help mitigate threats to local wildlife, specifically of the avian variety....

The Unknown Perils of Ballasted Solar Systems

Most commercial solar rack systems are designed around ballast as the preferred method for securing a commercial rooftop solar array.  While ballasted systems offer many benefits, solar installers and designers should carefully review all...

Get Back in the Clear

From sandstorms and storm surges to tornadoes and wildfires, natural disasters can wreak havoc on solar power infrastructure — taking out inverters, knocking entire plants offline, and sending owners into a spiral of down time, repair costs, and...

Recycling a Solar System - Part 2 Practical actions for managing solar module waste

In the second of this two-part series, we focus on the actual waste management concepts related to solar panels, and the steps every company should take to develop a program for used solar cell components.  The first order of...

Lessons Learned from California: Building a resilient grid

California’s wildfires and planned power shutoffs are looming, home and business owners in high risk areas are becoming blackout weary, and everyone is hoping for long term solutions. Even those across the country who do not personally experience...

Connecting in the Antarctic

Picture a solar field. Chances are your mind immediately conjures up a picture of bright sunshine bouncing off of shining panels, reflecting images of blue sky and warm surroundings. Now picture a solar field surrounded by miles of snow and...

Keeping Out of Harm’s Way: Top-of-pole trackers

Solar designers and engineers have faced site demands of weather and terrain for as long as solar energy has been around. It’s not so much a case of wondering what ever happened to all the available protected, flat, unobstructed and rock-free...

Hardcore Solar Smart PV design for tough terrains and wicked weather

Tough climates and ground conditions should never hinder your ultimate solar success. Deploying durable, economical solar plants in extreme conditions means knowing the environmental and geotechnical challenges presented by strong winds, extreme...

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