The Stars Were Out At SPI

By Frank Andorka, Senior Editor Velvet ropes. Twinkling lights. Inspirational speeches. Celebrities everywhere you look. The Oscars? No — better. The solar stars were out in force last night at the Solar Power World Top 400 Contractors Gala, which kicked off Solar Power International (SPI) last night in Las Vegas. Contractors from across the country


Nextronex Introduces RAY-MAX Gen 2 Solar Inverter

Nextronex expands its product range with a higher capacity transformerless RAY-MAX Gen 2 inverter. The Nextronex Gen 2 inverter is designed for utility scale projects by increasing rated power capacity over 60%, therefore reducing the cost per installed watt.It is based on the same low profile cabinet as the original RAY-MAX inverter.  It is equipped with


Borrego Solar and sPower Break Ground on Suffolk County Solar Project

Borrego Solar Systems, a designer, developer, installer and financier of grid-tied solar photovoltaic systems (and a Solar Power World Top 400 Contractor), and sPower (Sustainable Power Group), a renewable energy provider, are commencing construction on a solar project in Suffolk County, Long Island, New York. Upon completion, the facility, located on sPower-owned land in the


How to Evaluate Soft Cost Reduction Strategies: AN SPI Guide

By Pam Cargill, Special to Solar Power World Planning soft cost reductions is a strategy game, one affected heavily by policy framework. The wider an installer’s territory, the more complexity they must work within. This complexity requires tracking details like an AHJ’s design requirements/code cycles/turnaround timelines, incentive program deadlines and changes, and local utility interconnection policies


Touch-Safe Cover For Solar Fuses

Schurter is pleased to  introduce the ESO 10.3×38 touch-safe fuse cover designed to safely and securely insert and extract 10.3×38 mm fuses. After inserting the ESO 10.3×38 with captive fuse into the fuse clips, the complete installation provides a touch-safe cover according to IP20 specifications; additionally the cover serves to extract a blown fuse. No


Schneider Electric Launches New PV Skid At Solar Power International

Schneider Electric Solar Business, provider of solutions for the solar power conversion chain, will be showcasing a suite of new products and solutions for PV power plants, commercial, residential and off-grid applications at Solar Power International, on October 20-23 in Las Vegas, Nevada. “We are excited to present new products to attendees of Solar Power

Ideal Power Converters

Ideal Power Introduces 125 kW Converter Family

Ideal Power, a developer of a disruptive power conversion technology, announced its 125 kW converter family, including a 3-port hybrid converter and 2-port battery converter. Using the same technology as the 30 kW hybrid converter, the 125 kW converter products are expected to lower costs and improve efficiency for integrating PV and energy storage solutions


USDA Photovoltaic Solar Farm Project Uses Nextronex Inverters

Nextronex’s RAY-MAX distributed architecture inverter system will be used in the 1.5-MW DC PV solar farm at the United States Department of Agriculture’s George Washington Carver Center (GWCC). “This project will be the largest solar photovoltaics project in the Washington DC metropolitan area,” stat Jay Troger, Nextronex’s CEO. Mr. Troger and Mr. Rudy Magasrevy, VP Sales


BJ’s Wholesale Club Saves With Energy Storage From Direct Energy And SolarCity

SolarCity and Direct Energy, an energy  services company, will provide solar electricity and solar energy storage systems at two BJ’s Wholesale Club locations, an operator of warehouse clubs in the eastern United States. Two BJ’s Wholesale Club sites in Framingham and Dedham, Mass. are early adopters of DemandLogic, SolarCity’s smart energy storage system for businesses and


SunLink And Enphase Energy Offer Commercial Customers A Rebate

SunLink Corporation and Enphase Energy  are offering a “Commercial PV FlexBundle” for commercial PV installers. U.S. and Canadian customers who purchase SunLink’s Precision-Modular RMS with either Enphase’s C250 or M250 microinverters between December 1, 2014 and September 30, 2015 will receive a $4-per-module rebate for commercial projects of at least 75 kW. Precision-Modular RMS is the newest