SolarPod Crown installed on church roof

Mouli Engineering announces a 40 kW SolarPod Crown installation in San Luis Obispo.  This was installed by experienced electricians from Electricraft Inc and permitted by the City of  San Luis Obispo & Electricraft Inc electric company. The cement tile roof at the United Methodist Church made it a challenge. Jeff Rudd of Electricraft researched his options,

Q&A: Central solar inverters vs string inverters

In a recent webinar, Allan Gregg, director of applications engineering at Sungrow, discussed some best practices for utility solar PV plants in terms of choosing the right inverter. Here’s a Q&A from the presentation. You can watch the full webinar here. SPW: Can you discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using string or central inverters

Solar Speaks: Sullivan Solar talks net-metering 2.0

San Diego recently became the first city in California to reach the solar cap in its utility’s region. We are speaking with Matt Gordon, manager Of SD Project Development at Sullivan Solar Power. He discusses the impact of San Diego reaching the solar cap, in terms of net energy metering 2.0, California’s Rule 21 and

GRID Alternatives provides solar training for women

GRID Alternatives, the nation’s largest nonprofit solar installer, recently hosted its first Women in Solar intensive training as part of its Women in Solar initiative, a national push, in partnership with SunEdison, to involve more women in all aspects of solar. Erica Mackie co-founded GRID Alternatives in 2001 with the goal of making solar PV

Installation Notes: Microgrid reduces California winery’s carbon footprint

Stone Edge Farm Winery sits on 16-acres in Sonoma, California. About 20 years ago, the farm was established by entrepreneur, environmentalist and winemaker Mac McQuown, along with his wife Leslie who contributed her design knowledge to the farm. McQuown also enlisted his previous associate Jeff Baker for his experience in winemaking. Along with grapevines, Stone

SMA achieves UL 1741 SA certification for smart solar inverters

SMA is the first inverter manufacturer to complete functional and safety testing with UL according to the UL 1741 SA (Supplement A) draft standard, which identifies inverter functions required for optimal grid stability. To achieve that, SMA enhanced the smart-inverter capabilities of its popular Sunny Boy TL-US series of inverters with Secure Power Supply to help maintain

Fronius expands presence in the United States

When Fronius entered the U.S. solar market in 2004, it was among the first movers in a new market and has been expanding the local presence ever since. For example, the 400,000 sq. ft. headquarters in Portage, IN includes a full manufacturing and testing facility. “Our inverter production line applies the latest lean production technologies

RevoluSun Smart Home urges solar customers to reserve grid-supply space now

RevoluSun Smart Home, Hawaii’s premier solar and Smart Home solutions provider, is urging Hawaii homeowners getting solar to make sure to reserve their space for the grid-supply program now. The Hawaii Public Utilities Commission put a 25MW cap for grid-supply projects on Oahu, and unless the cap is raised, it may be reached as soon as

Adara Power takes tiny house off-grid in San Francisco

The Tiny House Movement has become a phenomenon across the United States in recent years. Driving this movement is the consumers’ desire for greater financial freedom, cleaner energy, increased independence and a healthier, sustainable lifestyle. As homeowners transition from purchasing large, expensive American homes they are embracing the idea of purchasing tiny houses, which are

Shoals and Draker announce distribution alliance

Shoals Technologies Group, the global PV Balance of Systems leader, and Draker Corp., a leading provider of data management, analytics and control systems for distributed power generation worldwide, and a subsidiary of BlueNRGY Group Limited, announced that Shoals will begin offering its customers the option to include Draker data acquisition and control systems optimized for