Solar Speaks: The Coming Boom Of Fleet-Level Monitoring

  At a recent conference, Editorial Director Frank Andorka heard MJ Shaio of GTM Research say the expected growth in residential solar will be 4X its current level by 2017. What this means there will be fewer and fewer individual installations and more and more need for fleet-management-level monitoring for companies managing huge numbers of


GTM Research, SunSpec Alliance Join To Advance Performance Analytics

GTM Research, a U.S. solar market intelligence provider, and the SunSpec Alliance, a global information standards trade alliance for the distributed energy industry, are partnering to provide solar plant performance data analytics to the development and finance community in order to increase transparency, better characterize risk, and improve access to capital. The Open Solar Performance


Can These Three Smart-Grid Startups Ease Solar’s Integration?

By Gretchen Fitzgibbons, Special to Solar Power World When you think of smart-grid developments, your thoughts turn immediately to solar integration or metering debates. But you should be including smart water heaters and 3D imaging in the discussions. Three promising Midwest startups may do just that. A few exciting companies from Illinois are affecting the


Soligent, SunWize Combine Operations, Form Largest Solar Distributor

  Soligent and SunWize, two recognized leaders in providing equipment and services to solar dealers and installers across the country, announced they are combining their solar distribution operations. The combined company, which will be called Soligent Distribution, will be the largest solar equipment distributor in the Americas, serving more than 4,000 solar installers, energy efficiency firms, electrical

Moxa Partners With SUBNET To Showcase SubSTATION Server And Local HMI Software

To demonstrate the hardware independence of its SubSTATION Server software and SubSTATION Explorer local HMI software packages, SUBNET has selected Moxa as a preferred hardware provider for a demonstration at the Distributech Africa Conference March 17 to 19 in Cape Town, South Africa, as well as several other high-profile international venues throughout 2014. SUBNET will


New Simulation Program Helps Design Solar Hot Water

The new software GeoT*SOL basic 2.0 from Berlin-based software company Valentin has extended the field of application for their design program for solar heat pump systems. In addition to air and geothermal probes, which extract heat by drilling up to 100 meters deep, the new program now also makes it possible to design pump systems


Itron Monitoring Named As Preferred Technology For Clean Power Finance

Clean Power Finance (CPF) chose Itron solar monitoring solution as the preferred metering solution for residential solar installations across North America. As a part of the agreement, CPF will use Itron’s solar monitoring solution to monitor and sub-meter the energy production of the residential solar systems CPF manages on behalf of investors. The Itron solar monitoring solution includes Itron’s solar meter embedded with cellular communications and Itron Managed Services for managing and monitoring


UPDATED: Report Lists Top Export Markets For U.S. Renwable Energy Products

UPDATED (9:43 am, March 13): The report now includes the solar-specific section of the report between the fourth and fifth paragraphs. According to a newly released report from the U.S. Commerce Department’s International Trade Administration (ITA), Canada, China, Brazil, Chile and Mexico will be the top five markets for U.S. renewable energy exports during the

Complete Solar Solution Raises $5 Million To Fuel Growth

Complete Solar Solution announced it has received a $5 million investment led by the Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF), a venture capital fund with a successful track record in identifying, growing and selling innovative sustainability start-ups. EIF selected Complete Solar Solution because of its proprietary software, superior operational efficiencies, and focus on delivering the industry’ s


Schneider Electric Surpasses 1 GW PV-Solar Service Milestone in 2013

  Schneider Electric, a global solutions and services for the solar power conversion chain,  reached a major milestone at the end of 2013 by surpassing more than 1 GW of accumulated service contracts. Schneider Electric becomes one of the first solar-energy systems and solutions companies to reach this milestone. This success was achieved thanks to customers