Giving electric vehicle batteries a second life in solar projects

UL and the University of California San Diego are working to bring repurposed EV batteries into the solar market faster. Electric vehicles and solar are often categorized under the umbrella of green technology, but what exactly is their relationship? Should the solar industry pay attention to what’s happening with EVs? Panelists in an educational session

What the solar industry can learn from the industrial revolution: the S3 Solar Software Summit

By Folsom Labs As solar developers gear up for 2017, software solutions for reducing soft costs is a major theme on managers’ minds. The S3 Solar Software Summit has emerged as the premier event where these leaders can meet to discuss how they are organizing their teams and the tools they use to drive down costs–while

Contractors Corner: After entering solar for survival, Horizon Solar Power finds a passion for going green

  The U.S. solar industry employs 260,077 people, according to the latest National Solar Jobs Census. It’s probably a good guess that many of those solar workers have a strong desire to combat climate change and go green. But that’s not necessarily the case for Temecula, California’s Horizon Solar Power. CEO Frank Kneller said while

Technologies compete as solar cell efficiency race continues

By Puruswottam Aryal, PhD, an R&D project manager in MetaShield’s solar division The continued quest for improved solar cell efficiency is vital to the growth of solar. Many companies are innovating ways to increase efficiency using a variety of technical approaches, not just because of the improved ROI great efficiency provides, but also because manufacturers

Webinar: From Single System Failures to Managing Large Scale Photovoltaic Portfolios – March 22, 2017

Join us for this free, live webinar with meteocontrol on March 22nd at 2pm EST.     Lessons learned from over 12.5 GWp monitored system data and more than 10 years of field experience in quality services for systems all over the world. We will begin with the most common failures that happen during design

3 misconceptions of PACE financing

This condensed article is based on a report released by Morningstar Credit Ratings and re-posted with permission. Read the full report here. As financing of energy-efficient projects through property assessments becomes more widespread, concerns and misconceptions regarding its use and oversight have become more common. Morningstar Credit Ratings LLC explores three misconceptions it has heard from market

Solar Basics video: Four ways solar contractors can use customer experience to get profitable

Solar Basics is a video series by Solar Power World created to help installers learn about the business, tools and tricks of the solar power trade. The cost of solar may be falling, but there’s a lot less margin to go around. In this Solar Basics video, Solar Power World editors tell you some strategies

What is solar net metering?

Solar net metering policies encourage homeowners and businesses to install solar by paying them for the solar power they feed back to the grid. The policies provide a financial incentive to install solar in addition to saving on electricity costs. According to SEIA, “Net metering allows utility customers to generate their own electricity cleanly and

Ask a Vet: The importance of telling a great story with Solar-Log’s Anthony Conklin

In our second edition of our newly launched Ask a Vet podcast, we got a chance to speak with Anthony Conklin, president and general manager for Solar Data Systems North America. Solar Data Systems’ Solar-Log monitoring platform is used in residential and commercial PV projects and is compatible with more than 100 brands of inverters.

What are the different types of ground-mount solar racking systems?

One of the largest areas of innovation within solar involves the mounting system. Probably the most competitive solar product market (our annual Top Solar Mounting Products list is stacked, and it’s still just a drop in the bucket), mounting systems are an important element of solar arrays—they secure solar panels to the roof or the