What types of projects need pyranometers?

Pyranometers are used during various phases of a solar installation. During the pre-construction stage of a project, they are needed to evaluate the location of the site by measuring the irradiance of the sun at a certain point. The irradiance is a measure of how much light hits a particular surface, usually expressed in watts

Adara Power adds smart home energy to off-grid sustainable dwelling

Adara Power proudly announces the installation of an 8.6 kWh lithium-ion Adara Energy Storage System in The Arc House – presented by Green Builder Media and Shelter Dynamics – a factory-built 432 square foot residence that combines the economy and simplicity of tiny house living with cutting-edge building science. “When we were selected to participate

Crash course in U.S. solar

By Emily Wild, SPW research assistant What does the current U.S. solar market look like? The U.S. solar industry now has more than 22,700 MW of cumulative solar electric capacity in operation, enough to power more than 4.6 million American homes, according to SEIA. The first half of 2015 brought more than 135,000 installations with

First and largest utility-scale solar project on U.S. tribal lands uses TerraSmart ground screws and mounting

TerraSmart, an industry leader in turnkey solar mounting, recently completed a landmark solar mounting project for Moapa Southern Paiute Solar. The project is the first and largest utility-scale solar plant on U.S. tribal lands and a testament to the value of partnerships and overcoming unique project obstacles. The 250-MWac project utilized TerraSmart’s surveying, drilling, ground

BuildFax reveals the top 20 fastest growing U.S. cities for solar activity

BuildFax, a company that delivers data-driven insights for smart property decisions, has announced today its first annual ranking of fastest growing U.S. cities for solar activity. Solar activity across the nation increased by 29% between 2014 and 2015 alone, and has increased by more than 300% since 2010. Based on these numbers, the growth is significant.

Blattner Energy selected as contractor on solar project in California

Blattner Energy, a leader in renewable energy construction services in North America, has been selected as the EPC contractor for the 38.75 MWdc Portal Ridge solar project located in Lancaster, California by an affiliate of D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI). “Portal Ridge will be Blattner’s first project with DESRI, and we are proud to have

Roof Tech inspires Green Seal to expand residential market share

When Ryan Potter, vice president of renewable energy services for Green Seal Environmental, first saw Roof Tech’s products at the PV America tradeshow in Boston in February 2016, he knew he had found something unique. “I had been searching for a mounting solution to serve as our go-to product,” said Potter. “After assessing the competition,

Open Energy closes loan for 1.2 MW solar facility

Open Energy, an innovative provider of debt financing solutions for commercial solar projects, has announced the closing of a loan with an affiliate of Guzman Energy, a specialty energy company that finances, trades and operates energy assets across North America. The loan provides project financing for a ground mount solar facility that will generate 1.2 megawatts

Partnerships build renewable energy lifestyles in Pine Ridge Reservation

Fronius USA recently donated a Fronius Primo solar string inverter to complete a sustainable home in the Pine Ridge Reservation near Rapid City, South Dakota. The partnerships developed in the reservation have led to accessbile renewable energy living and learning opportunities to the Lakota Oglala tribes people. In partnership with Trees, Water & People (TWP),

Tigo re-shapes the solar industry by shipping the first 1500V certified Flex MLPE

Tigo, the Flex MLPE pioneer, recently extended its platform design to support up to 1500V PV systems which can further reduce installation time, system components, wiring and other BOS costs. Tigo’s TS4 platform recently got listed by CSA under ANSI/UL std.1741, CSA 22.2 -01 requirements.  TS4 product designs are fully certified and are ready for design and