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Solar Racking in Extreme Weather Conditions

Just like any other structure, racking systems for solar modules need to withstand wind, snow and seismic actions imposed by nature. Research over the past 10 years along with the state-of-the-art building codes and wind loading standards ASCE 7-16...

Solar Lights Up Sports 

You’ve probably seen outdoor solar lighting around your neighborhood, lining front walks like miniature runways, providing a decorative touch to nighttime landscapes. But what about on a larger scale? Surely those low-powered displays couldn’t...

Lightning vs. Solar - Risk detection, protection, and mitigation of utility-scale solar lightning surge events 

Utility-scale solar project site locations are chosen for many factors, including solar resources, available land area, topography, electric grid capacity, and financial incentives. Weather usually does not play a significant role in this selection...

Unpacking Community Solar

For any solar neophytes, as well as outside industry experts who may not have a handle on the specifics, community solar projects can be described as ownership and subscription programs. This business model allows participants to own or be a third...

How to Successfully Secure Financing for the Coming Community Solar Boom

Community solar promises substantial good for the environment, for business, and for communities. Yet it was still very much untapped until the last few years, with only a handful of projects scattered across a handful of states that were...

Data Is The Problem….And The Solution: Performance challenges stunting solar’s success

Solar PV plants play a key role in the modern energy generation mix – however, they frequently do not perform to their full potential. This is largely due to two key factors. First, as PV plants have few moving parts, the need for maintenance is...

How Energy’s Past Becomes Its Future: Alberta’s experience shows how old-energy skills can drive new-energy success

New leadership means big changes for energy policy in the U.S.—and possibly the world. Biden’s $2-trillion campaign plans to bring the U.S. electric grid to 100 percent

Racing to Innovate: How the next-generation is pushing the boundaries of solar

Since their founding in 1989, the University of Michigan Solar Car Team (UM Solar Car) has built 15 solar race cars. Currently, their working on production of their latest model  for the American Solar Challenge. In addition to winning...

Big and Bigger: The opportunities and challenges of large-format solar modules

The past few years have seen an amazing amount of solar module innovation. One of the biggest trends is literally about bigness—the emergence of the large-format, high-power module. With peak power ratings already well over 500 watts (and pushing...

The Importance of Revenue Grade Energy Meters in the Solar Industry

Revenue grade energy meters play a crucial role in the solar energy industry. Whether for calculating inverter efficiency, measuring net energy production, or monitoring an on-site energy storage system, revenue grade energy meters are vital to...

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