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The role of graphics in a strong solar brand

By Aimee Tuck of Corbae Creative and Glenna Wiseman of Identity3 As we all know, the solar industry is becoming increasingly competitive. While system costs came down in 2016, soft costs such as customer acquisition costs have remained steady or gone up. Within this competitive landscape, it is more important than ever to clearly articulate

Yaskawa – Solectria Solar inverters deployed in Vermont’s first municipality-owned solar systems

Yaskawa – Solectria Solar, a U.S. commercial PV inverter manufacturer, announced today that its PVI 28TL and PVI 36TL inverters have been deployed in two solar systems in Vermont that are the first to be owned by town and village utilities. The Nebraska Valley and Waterhouse Solar Farms total 2.7MW. Stowe Electric Department and Hyde

Phono Solar delivers 90,000 panels for Georgia solar project

Phono Solar, a leading global provider of integrated solar solutions, today announced that the company has delivered 28 MWdc of 315-W 72-cell solar modules to Citizens Energy, a Boston-based not-for-profit energy developer. Phono Solar delivered 90,000 solar PV modules to Citizens Energy, owner and operator of the newly-commissioned site in Jenkins County, Georgia. Founded in

ABB introduces standardized IEC distribution transformers for solar farms

New range of energy efficient distribution transformer designs – pre-designed to complement ABB’s PVS980 standard solar inverter and compliant with IEC standards – provide quick quotations and expedited delivery for solar farm operators. ABB’s new set of distribution transformers specifically designed for solar applications are cost efficient and provide fast lead times to reduce the

SolarEdge meets UL smart inverter requirements

SolarEdge Technologies, a global leader in PV inverters, power optimizers, and module-level monitoring services, announces that Intertek confirmed that samples of SolarEdge inverters were the first it tested to meet the UL 1741 SA draft requirements to be smart inverters. SolarEdge single-phase smart inverters are Rule 21 ready and support 12 advanced inverter features. “The

Fronius installs inverters in a former nuclear power plant in Austria

Fronius, the global quality leader for solar energy, has carried out a very special project in Zwentendorf, Austria: a photovoltaic system has been installed on the site of a former nuclear power plant (NPP). Where once nuclear energy was to be produced, today clean, safe energy is generated from natural resources over an area of

Rosendin Electric wins award for Los Angeles Valley College Monarch Center

Rosendin Electric, one of the nation’s largest private electrical contractors and an employee-owned company, has received a 2016 Project/Team Award from the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) for its contribution to the construction of the Los Angeles Valley College Monarch Center. The Monarch Center was one of three projects selected in the Educational Facilities category.

Innovative new coating provides 1.2% efficiency boost on triple junction solar cells

MetaShield recently announced an independent research study indicating its proprietary MetaSOL nanotechnology coating can provide a 1.2% (absolute) efficiency boost for triple junction solar cells. “The enhancement provided by MetaSOL represents a five-year technological leap forward based on  recent yearly average increases of around 0.2% for solar PV module efficiency, ” said Martin Ben-Dayan, MetaShield LLC’s founder

Baker Electric Solar-installed rooftop system to save company $24k

Baker Electric Solar, a full-service solar provider, designed and installed a 65.52-kW rooftop solar system for contingent workforce services firm TargetCW. The rooftop solar installation will produce roughly 45% of the company’s annual electricity needs and save the company more than $24,000 on its energy costs in the first year. The TargetCW 25,000 square foot

Installation Notes: A solar oasis in the heart of San Antonio

When it comes to solar growth, it doesn’t get much hotter than San Antonio. The market ranked sixth nationally for metropolitan growth in 2015, and seventh for the spread of solar, setting the pace for the Lone Star State. Those trends converge at 330 Clay Street, a 32-home planned-solar neighborhood by PSW Real Estate now