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Snapping the Sun: 5 Tips for Capturing Compelling Solar Power Photos

Department of Energy: This week, the Energy Department’s SunShot Initiative launched its “Hit Me with Your SunShot” photo contest. It encourages photographers, both professional and amateur, to submit their shots of solar energy.

Most In-Demand Electrical and Energy Jobs in the Current Job Market

Looking forward, energy efficiency employers project the highest growth rate over the next 12 months (about 9 percent) while the [fossil] fuels sector reported it expects a decline in employment of about 3 percent over the same time period.

How Was Renewable Production Able to Surpass Nuclear Power?

In March, renewables provided 21.6 percent of the nation’s net electricity generation compared to nuclear’s 20.34 percent. In April, that lead jumped to 22.98 percent compared to 19.19 percent from nuclear.

HiVE - PV plus Storage Solutions for Hawaii and Beyond

Hawaii’s PUC allowed the utilities to end their popular net metering programs and replace them with the Customer Self Supply program. The CSS program requires zero exportation of self-generated power back to the grid, which can most-efficiently be accomplished by integrati

Using Artificial Intelligence to Protect and Optimize Critical Assets

We use AI to protect and optimize critical assets – that goes for both cyber and physical. Our predictive analytics platform lets users take massive amounts of data and, in an automated fashion, quickly build models to find meaning in it, thereby significantly improving ma

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AFRL researchers explore automation, additive technologies for cost efficient solar power

Phys.org: Solar cells can generate electricity in an environmentally friendly way, but current, complex fabrication costs make the technology expensive.

Intersolar and ees North America Highlight Policy and Technology Updates

Events attracted high-quality attendees and served as a sounding board for recent industry triumphs and upcoming challenges

Solar Plants Aim to Keep Lights on at Night

Anna Hirtenstein and Mathew Carr for Bloomberg: Solar plants that supply electricity at competitive prices after the sun goes down are about to become a reality in the Middle East

Leaked Draft of DOE's Grid Study Says Renewables Are Not a Threat

Julia Pyper for GTM: But will that language make it into the final version?

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CertainTeed® Upgrades Power in Apollo® II Solar Roofing Systems

Apollo II now offers 63 watts of rated power, improving on both the performance and the economics of CertainTeed Solar roofing systems.

NASA Seeking BIG Ideas for Solar Power on Mars

The 2018 BIG Idea Challenge invites teams and their faculty advisors to work together to design and analyze innovations in the design, installation, and sustainable operation of a large solar power system on the surface of Mars

Brown and Caldwell Collaborates on Groundbreaking Waste-To-Energy Study

Brown and Caldwell, a leading environmental engineering and construction firm, is playing an integral role on a national team that will plan for and design a pilot plant to produce clean hydrocarbon fuels at a municipal wastewater treatment facility. The project, funded by a Department of Energy (DOE) research grant and SoCalGas, and led by long-time research partner Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), will use breakthrough technology to produce fuels such as gasoline, jet fuel, diesel and renewable natural gas from wastewater solids.

FAFCO® & AquaCal® Team Up to Bring New Complete Solar Solution for Pool and Spa Heating to Market

Two industry experts, FAFCO® solar thermal manufacturer and AquaCal® heat pump manufacturer, have teamed up to bring you the most energy efficient package for PV solar with swimming pool and spa heating!

Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Efficiency Companies Raise Over $1 Billion in VC Funding in 1H 2017, Reports Mercom Capital Group

Mercom Capital Group, llc, a global clean energy communications and consulting firm, released its report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Battery Storage, Smart Grid, and Energy Efficiency sectors for the second quarter and first half of 2017.

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SolarEdge Technologies - Solar Inverters, Power Optimizers and PV Monitoring

SolarEdge Technologies - Solar Inverters, Power Optimizers and PV Monitoring

The SolarEdge PV inverter combines sophisticated digital control technology with efficient power conversion architecture to achieve superior solar power harvesting and best-in-class reliability. The fixed-voltage technology ensures the solar inverter is always working at its optimal input voltage over a wider range of string lengths and regardless of environmental conditions. A proprietary data monitoring receiver has been integrated into the inverter and aggregates the power optimizer performance data from each PV module. This data can be transmitted to the web and accessed via the SolarEdge Monitoring Portal for performance analysis, fault detection and troubleshooting of PV systems.

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KACO new energy Inc.

KACO new energy Inc.

KACO has been developing, designing and manufacturing current inverters and power electronics for more than 60 years. The KACO blueplanet series inverter has set new standards in photovoltaic applications particularly with regard to reliability, efficiency and power density.