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

Upcoming 2017 changes for solar labeling

This article is reposted with permission from Graphic Products. See the original blog here.  When solar labeling first surfaced around 1980, there were no set standards. Over time, the National Electrical Code (NEC) included solar systems and labeling in its standard, which started with the 1984 edition, with the most current revision being the 2017

Southwire introduces sunlight resistant PV cables

Southwire announces the launch of Super Sunlight Resistant – SSR photovoltaic (PV) cable, providing enhanced jacket protection on above ground solar installations. With a strong commitment to innovation and sustainability, Southwire developed an answer to customer needs for enhanced UV protection PV wire slated for solar installations above ground.  Southwire’s newly-introduced Super Sunlight Resistant –

Copper Development Association analyzes increase of solar systems at airports

The Copper Development Association (CDA) has published a new case study that examines the proliferation of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems being erected at commercial airports worldwide and its potential impact on copper usage. Vast, open land space at airports provides a significant opportunity for solar energy systems to operate, and have already been installed in

A solar farm’s balance of plant also needs O&M attention

By Judah Moseson, PE CEM, vice president of operations, Cooke Power Services The balance of plant (BOP) is the most important link for delivering power produced by a solar farm to the marketplace. The BOP consists of the pad-mount transformer at the exit of the inverter through to the collection system and substation. The BOP

How rapid shutdown can make module-level electronics more economic

By Chris Janin, program director for solar energy technology, and Tim Galligan, instructor and editor, at Ecotech Insitute As the price of solar drops, small margins—even as small at $.05 per watt—will separate the successful solar entrepreneur from the also-ran. People and companies able to adapt to changes and maneuver through the moving parts of

What to consider when installing a floating solar array

Floating solar arrays are gaining popularity in Asia and Europe but have not yet caught on in the United States. That may soon change, as work has begun on a 3.2-MW floating solar array in Sayreville, New Jersey—most likely the nation’s largest. The $12 million project—developed by Power Grid Capital and engineered by RETTEW—is being

ILSCO introduces Surgency surge protective devices

A significant positive outcome of our recent acquisition of Surge Suppression, Inc. is a new product series for ILSCO. Surgency surge protective devices (SPD) for commercial, industrial, and residential applications position ILSCO to provide more complete solutions to our customers’ electrical needs. Although lightning is a commonly known threat to electrical equipment, over 80% of

Protective barriers can eliminate trouble and save money on solar projects

By Bob Smith, Co-founder and President of SolaTrim Most residential systems are installed on home rooftops where there is efficient solar exposure and underutilized real estate. However, putting a solar array on the roof also makes it more difficult to reach, unless of course you are a squirrel, pigeon or another type of climbing or flying pest.

CAB Solar cable management system achieves ETL safety listing

CAB Solar has achieved Intertek’s internationally recognized ETL safety listing for its cable management system for solar power plants. CAB’s innovative cabling system has been installed in over 1.4 GW of solar projects within the past year. CAB Solar has gained wide acceptance because it is quick and easy to install, and it provides much