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SimpliPhi Power unveils high voltage energy storage solution for commercial and industrial applications

SimpliPhi Power introduces a high-voltage energy storage battery for commercial and industrial markets that leverages the same high efficiency, cobalt-free and scalable core technology as its award-winning low-voltage lithium-ion storage solutions. The modular high-voltage batteries are compatible with industry standard single- and three-phase inverters in systems that require 250 kWh to MWhs of reserves for

It’s time for a communications check-up

During our annual reach-out for our Top Solar Contractors application, I had the pleasure of connecting with dozens of contractors throughout the country. Most of my calls were straight forward and enjoyable, but I still struggled to connect with many others. I kept thinking, what if I were a potential solar customer? This company would

GameChange Solar inks 158-MW deal for fixed-tilt racking in North Carolina

GameChange Solar announced that three leading EPCs ordered over 158 MW of pile driven fixed tilt racking systems from GameChange Solar for immediate production. The systems are GameChange Max-Span Post System for both poly and First Solar thin film panels. These projects are part of an expected 500 MW of 2016 orders for GameChange in

White House takes actions to scale solar and storage market

Thw White House recently hosted a Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets.  The Summit brought together regulators, power companies, municipalities and energy developers that are leading efforts to promote smart electricity markets and greater grid integration of renewable energy and flexible resources such as energy storage. The Administration announced new executive

IREC says California’s Rule 21 decision comes with big wins for customers

A long-awaited, unanimous Rule 21 decision by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) comes with some very important wins for the energy customer who is interested in investing in distributed renewable energy. Most importantly, the CPUC voted to adopt new interconnection procedures that will significantly increase the ability of customers to predict and obtain certainty

New report shows opportunity in the commercial solar market

After a tumultuous few years with little to no national capacity growth, the U.S. commercial solar market is expected to rebound and nearly triple in size by 2020. This growth will be driven by the extension of the federal Investment Tax Credit, the growing adoption of solar among national corporations, the increasing availability of financing

Solar Speaks: SunLink VP Kate Trono discusses VERTEX monitoring platform

In this Solar Speaks podcast, Kate Trono, vice president of products at SunLink, discusses the company’s recent entry into the solar software market with VERTEX. VERTEX is SunLink’s next‐generation, secure total project SCADA and solar performance monitoring platform. Trono discusses how VERTEX complements the company’s one-year-old entry into operations and maintenance work, as well as how

SunPower reaches new world record for solar panel efficiency

SunPower has again set a new solar power panel efficiency record, as validated by the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). After achieving 22.8% efficiency for its X-Series solar panel earlier this year, SunPower has reached 24.1% efficiency – surpassing the previous world record for the highest efficiency of a solar panel using silicon cells.

Sunrun’s BrightPath software platform recognized in DOE SunShot Prize

Sunrun has announced it has been named a SunShot Prize Change Champion by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative for slashing the time it takes to get solar on a home. BrightPath, Sunrun’s innovative software platform, powered the substantial time reduction by streamlining Sunrun’s installation process. The SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar launched in September 2015 with

Rosendin Construction Puerto Rico completes 5-MW project with AET Rayport-G ECO solar racking system

Applied Energy Technologies (AET), today announced the completion of a 5 MW solar installation project with Rosendin Construction Puerto Rico, LLC in Juncos, Puerto Rico. The modules installed for the project are Hanwha Q Cells 300W. The project will bring power to a Medtronic Pharmaceuticals facility. “It is a privilege to be selected for another