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Californians Are Getting Paid To Install Awesome Energy Storage Systems

SGIP stands for Self Generation Incentive Program, a way to motivate consumers to use alternative energy sources to generate and store their own electricity. The SGIP pays energy storage users over a dollar per watt.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution in the Energy Industry

The Fourth Industrial Revolution means providing a personalised energy experience for the consumers, prosumers and utility companies. Consumers and prosumers want to see their impact on their bill, the grid and the environment - and they want to be accountable for their ener

Distributed Energy Resources

The introduction of more DERs on utility systems and at customer sites provides support for increased reliability and resiliency, if appropriately located and properly configured.

This year will be a solar-powered Super Bowl

By Jeff Clabaugh for WTOP:  Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California, will set the stage for Sunday’s Super Bowl, and it will be a solar-powered event. Levi’s Stadium, which opened in July 2014, is the first professional football stadium

Winds of Change for Alternative Energy Tax Incentives in 2016

While tax credits for wind and solar power received long-term extensions in the year-end omnibus legislation enacted at the end of 2015, other types of alternative energy were left out — reports have suggested unintentionally — spurring some in Congress to seek a remedy

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MIT Tool Gives the Cost of Installing Solar Panels on Any Roof in Your City

Daniel Oberhaus for Motherboard:  The world, it seems, is falling in love with solar energy. Recent years have seen the increasing adoption of solar power around the world as an alternative energy source for everything from individual homes to the entire energy grid, with the United States’solar capacity having grown to 24 GW, a more than a 17-fold increase since 2008. Part of this rapid growth for solar infrastructure is the result of markedly more efficient solar energy cells, but in spite of these recent technological advances, transitioning to solar power still doesn’t make sense (at least economically speaking) everywhere.

Installing photovoltaic systems can be pretty pricey, and home- and business-owners have to engage in a complex cost-benefit analysis to see if transitioning to solar power is an economically sound idea. The “pain-in-the-ass” factor of such calculations alone might be enough to turn people off of the idea of contemplating installing a photovoltaic system, so the folks at MIT came up with a solution: Mapdwell.

Mapdwell maps the solar potential of entire cities by doing a cost-benefit analysis for every rooftop to determine if installing solar panels on that rooftop is worth the investment. All you do is enter your address into the program, and it will tell you the expected installation costs, the number of years it will take to earn back this investment from your photovoltaic system, the amount of carbon offset by the installation, as well as incredibly detailed installment specs such as the optimal panel tilt and the number of panels that could fit on the roof.  Cont'd...

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Applied Energy Technologies' (AET) Surpasses 1,000 Units Sold of its First-in-Kind Rayport™-I Solar String Inverter Mounting Solution

Applied Energy Technologies (AET), a preferred manufacturer of commercial and utility-scale racking systems and one of the top 10 solar racking companies in the United States, announces it has surpassed more than 1,000 units sold of its Rayport™-I string inverter mounting solution. AET's Rayport™-I was the first of its kind, designed to address a market need for a product that not only protects the string inverter, but also simplifies design and installation.

Benmax Group and MiaSol Enter Sales Representative Agreement

Benmax Group in Australia has entered into a representation agreement with MiaSol in which the Benmax Group will represent MiaSol in the Australian, New Zealand and Singapore markets.

Go Green Academy is Now Offering Quotes on Solar Panels for Sale

Go Green Academy is pleased to announce that it now offers quotes for potential customers on a large variety of Solar Panels for Sale. As the cost of energy continues to increase year after year, Go Green Academy understands that many consumers want to Buy Solar Panels to improve or replace their existing energy source. For this reason, they have brought together a service that will show them costs from a large variety of solar vendors for those who are looking to buy solar panels for either the home or business.

ABB touts distributed energy resource, grid resiliency solutions at DistribuTECH

ABB demonstrates robust solutions to most pressing challenges facing the utility of the future, including communication network management, microgrid breakthroughs, outage management, IT/OT convergence and enterprise software.

Global Solar PV Pipeline Surpasses 200 GW, IHS Says

With the United States in the lead, due in large part to the recent extension in the country's solar investment tax credit (ITC) late last year, the global solar photovoltaic pipeline now exceeds 200 gigawatts (GW). At a combined capacity of 110 GW, projects in the U.S., China and Brazil make up half of the current PV pipeline, according to IHS Inc. (NYSE: IHS), the leading global source of critical information and insight.

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GreenFasten™ solar panel roof mount hardware, watertight, USA made

GreenFasten™ solar panel roof mount hardware, watertight, USA made

The GreenFasten™ - GF1 system utilizes the patented watertight technology EcoFasten Solar® is known for. The flashing is fit with our EPDM rubber bushing and when used with a compatible EcoFasten Solar compression bracket (milled with countersink), a watertight seal is created, which protects the integrity of the roof. Requiring just a single fastener (lag bolt or self-drilling), GreenFasten provides the fastest install in the industry and will not void roofing manufacturer's warranties. Backed by IAPMO certification, GreenFasten delivers a mounting solution for all new or existing (retrofit) composition shingle roofs, and is the most cost-effective solution available. Like all of the solar roof mount solutions in our line of products, GreenFasten is made in the USA using recycled materials.

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Lufft USA Inc

Lufft USA Inc

Lufft manufactures high quality and precision weather monitoring equipment. Our all in one weather stations integrate into any system and measure solar radiation, wind speed, wind direction, temperature, humidity, barometric pressure and rainfall. Lufft has been around as a company for over 130 years. It is our pride to continue to advance product design and research. We will continue to live up to our philosophy of "tradition and innovation".