First solar panels in 120-MW portfolio installed at Florida military base

Executives from Gulf Power and Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic, joined officials from Eglin Air Force Base and Naval Air Station (NAS) Pensacola for the installation of the first two solar photovoltaic panels on two large-scale solar projects. The projects at Eglin Air Force Base and NAS Pensacola’s Navy Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Saufley, along

RBI Solar brings installation to remote Massachusetts island accessible only by boat

This article is adapted from an RBI Solar blog and re-posted with permission from the company. See the original here.  Cuttyhunk Island—a mile and a half stretch of land at the outermost band of Massachusetts’ Elizabethan Islands—is home to a single school, many bed & breakfasts and little more than 50 permanent residents. The population

ENACT Platform registered 400% user growth, publishes first analytics report

ENACT SYSTEMS, the leading end-to-end business process automation platform for distributed solar projects published its first platform analytics report highlighting aggregate market statistics based on user platform activity across the 2016 calendar year. Key trends on important market variables like solar volumes, system pricing, sizing and utility bill offsets are available at a granular level

Multi-Contact now known as Stäubli Electrical Connectors

Multi-Contact, a leading international manufacturer of electrical contacts and connection systems, has changed the name of its organization to Stäubli Electrical Connectors, Inc. as of January 1. The name change reflects the organization’s connection with the Stäubli Group, a company recognized for sustainable reliability, long-term partnership, technological innovation and excellent sales and service expertise. Multi-Contact

Is it possible to install solar on a sloped roof without drilling holes?

What if you could install traditional solar panels on a sloped roof with no penetrations? Not low-watt, adhesive modules; not flexible thin-film; but rigid, glassed, crystalline solar panels on rails. Impossible, right? According to not one but two solar mounting companies, it’s possible, and multiple successful installations prove it. In a highly saturated market, mounting

Panasonic marks 20 years manufacturing HIT solar module

Panasonic has reached a milestone with the manufacturing of its high-efficiency, original photovoltaic module HIT. Since debuting the patented, high-efficiency photovoltaic module in 1997, Panasonic has produced over 18 million modules of HIT, providing clean, affordable energy to consumers, businesses and institutions around the world. The landmark achievement cements Panasonic’s unique heterojunction technology as one

REC launches TwinPeak 2 Series of solar panels rated up to 295-W

REC announces the launch of the new REC TwinPeak 2 Series solar panel. Rated up to 295 Wp, the REC TwinPeak 2 takes the power output of 60-cell multicrystalline panels to groundbreaking new heights. The REC TwinPeak 2 Series uses evolving REC TwinPeak technologies, including cells from larger wafers (156.75 mm), and five busbars –

What solar contractors need to know about NEC 2017

By Marvin Hamon, P.E., principal, Hamon Engineering The 2017 triennial update of the National Electrical Code (NEC) is complete and has been released for adoption. Though AHJs may take months or years to adopt the latest edition (California won’t adopt the 2017 NEC until 2020), it’s important for solar contractors to know what’s coming. Here’s

Gridtential secures $6 Million from Battery Industry Strategics, East Penn Manufacturing, Crown Battery Manufacturing, Leoch International and Power-Sonic Inc.

Gridtential Inc., an innovator in low-cost, high-performance energy storage technologies, today announced it has completed a $6 million fundraise with strategic investors from some of the world’s largest battery suppliers and distributors. New investors include East Penn Manufacturing, the world’s largest single-site, lead-acid battery facility; Crown Battery Manufacturing, a leader in deep-cycle applications; Leoch International, the

Enel Acquires energy storage software and project developer Demand Energy

Enel, through its subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, Inc., has acquired a 100% stake in Demand Energy Networks, Inc. (“Demand Energy”), a US-based company specialised in intelligent software and energy storage systems. “Through this transaction we will be able to greatly strengthen our position in the growing battery storage market with a complementary partner