David Crane, president and chief executive officer for NRG Energy, reached out to Solar Power World and asked if we would be interested in getting his thoughts on the future of distributed generation in the United States — and why utilities are going to have to live with it. We, as you might imagine, said yes.
By Robert Sternthal, Special To Solar Power World On Nov. 16, 2012, I presented a case for Puerto Rico to become one of the United States’ hot markets in 2013. I was clearly mistaken. Nearly a year later, the Puerto Rico renewable energy market has only added 100MW of wind energy and a nominal amount of
Solar can be the truly disruptive technology that changes the way we look at energy. Here’s how we get there. By Peter Lynch, Special Contributor The photovoltaic (PV) industry needs to aggressively develop truly disruptive PV technologies to dramatically accelerate the industry’s growth. This will enable solar to play a significant role in worldwide
Colorado’s solar industry has contributed $1.42 billion to the state’s economy since 2007, according to the most comprehensive study yet on the statewide impact of solar energy development. The solar photovoltaic (PV) industry has created approximately 10.700 full-time equivalent jobs with employee earnings of more than $534 million since widespread solar development began in 2007,
Welcome to another edition of Solar Speaks, Solar Power World’s podcast series that gives you the opportunity to hear from the industry’s biggest newsmakers — in their own words. In this episode, we spoke to John Perlin, an Author, Lecturer, Consultant on the subject of solar energy. His new book is called Let It Shine:
With increasing interest and demand for renewable energy sources, the market has seen a surge in the deployment of solar photovoltaic systems that convert sunlight to electricity. While new technological innovations like micro-inverters promise to change the solar landscape, the majority of installations today utilize long runs of high-voltage DC power that have raised concerns
At the Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC), Texas Instruments Incorporated introduced what it says is the industry’s first fully programmable DC arc detect reference solution. The RD-195 makes it faster and easier for designers to address a growing need to safeguard high-power DC photovoltaic units against the catastrophic damage that can result from arc faults.
As adhesive labels replace plastic engraved plates, PV labeling has become a high interest subject and important consideration within the PV industry. In the past, there has been no universal consensus on the definition of acceptable photovoltaic infrastructure labeling, which has resulted in inconsistent compliance information. But the road to standardization is being paved with
Solar Power World caught up with Andrew Upton, vice president of The Seaward Group, which is a manufacturer of electrical safety testing equipment based in Tampa, Fla. Upton says installers need to test the safety of their solar installations every step of the way to ensure the system complies with national, state and local electrical
The purpose of this paper is to discuss and categorize the safety issues of photovoltaic systems for firefighters as well as outline how the SolarEdge system can mitigate these safety issues. Firefighting Risk – Electrocution: Firefighters and other first responders called to a blaze commonly cut off power to the burning building as a safety precaution.