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S-5! relaunches website with new metal roofing features

S-5! has relaunched its website to provide an easy-to-navigate center showcasing the increasing applications of its products. The updated site (www.s-5.com) contains S-5!’s new Master Snow Retention Calculator, used to help architects, specifiers, contractors, roofers and building owners determine what snow retention system works best for their roof. More than 150 metal roofing manufacturers are

REC Solar installs carport solar for Pacific Marine Credit Union headquarters

Pacific Marine Credit Union (PMCU) has completed a 422-kw carport solar system at their Oceanside Headquarters. The system was designed and built by REC Solar, a leading provider of commercial, public sector and utility-scale solar solutions. It consists of 1,224 individual panels that generate 743,000 kilowatt hours of electricity annually. The energy generated from the

PcVue to debut new solar monitoring solution at Intersolar

PcVue, Inc., the North American affiliate of ARC Informatique and HMI/SCADA software automation solution provider, will be presenting at Intersolar North America a new solar solution to easily and reliably monitor and control SunSpec compliant solar assets. The new PcVue Solutions SunSpec Scanner is compliant with the SunSpec standard for interoperability across solar power generation

SEPA names PSE&G 2017 Investor Owned Utility of the Year for solar initiatives

The Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) has named Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) its 2017 Investor Owned Utility of the Year. In announcing the award, SEPA recognized PSE&G for its ongoing commitment to increasing the amount of solar power in New Jersey and specifically lauded the utility’s work to build solar farms on

What’s driving energy storage system development?

In a webinar earlier this year, Bryan Whitton, product manager at Darfon America, presented on what’s driving the development of efficient, low-cost storage systems. His comments are summarized below. You can watch the full webinar on demand here. The market for energy storage technology is changing rapidly. Traditionally, energy storage was used in off-grid projects,

Duke University report shows air pollution hurts solar energy production

Global solar energy production is taking a major hit due to air pollution and dust. According to a new study, airborne particles and their accumulation on solar cells are cutting energy output by more than 25% in certain parts of the world. The regions hardest hit are also those investing the most in solar energy

Solaria expands Silicon Valley manufacturing line of 330-W solar modules

Solaria has greatly expanded its PowerXT solar cell and module manufacturing line at its headquarters in Fremont, California. Solaria’s high-efficiency PowerXT modules are rated at 330 Wp. “We’ve ramped up our U.S.-based manufacturing of Solaria’s new aesthetic, high efficiency PowerXT modules to meet the rapidly growing demand from discerning customers who appreciate the PowerXT’s advanced

Tabuchi Electric invests $3 million in Nuance Energy for ground-mount DG solar+storage

Nuance Energy, manufacturer of the Osprey PowerPlatform and a developer of distributed ground-mount solar projects, has received a $3 million investment from Tabuchi Electric Co. LTD. The two companies already have a close working relationship. Nuance Energy, an early North American customer for Tabuchi, has installed the company’s commercial string inverters on several projects. Working together

US Solar secures financing for Minnesota community solar projects and more

United States Solar Corporation, a leading community solar developer, announced today it has secured a project financing facility from the Alliance Fund II, LP, an affiliate of North Sky Capital which is advised by New Energy Capital Partners (“NEC”), a leading investor in clean infrastructure real assets. This capital will be used to support the

Trending in solar storage: Flow battery technology improving, but lithium-ion still rules

Energy storage currently represents a tiny portion of the electricity and power industry—21 GW of capacity and about 2% of the nation’s peak demand, according to the Energy Storage Association (ESA). But that number is growing with more renewable energy. IMS Research notes that the global solar+storage market was less than $200 million in 2012,