This article reviews the recent history of PV monitoring; the shift from single-meter systems to module-level control using highly reliable electronics, and future direction of the industry towards active system management from utility-scale solar farms down to the residential PV system.
New Belgium Flips the Switch in Time for a New Year
The alternative energy money-men dreaming of clean energy from Mexico see several factors that make the country perfect for power production aimed at the Southwest U.S. Baja California and other parts of Mexico have gusty winds similar to those found in the world's best wind farm areas. Much of Mexico also boasts the same excellent solar footprint as California, Nevada and Arizona with bright, clear weather the vast majority of the time. In terms of total energy potential, the hills and fields of Mexico could easily supply thousands of megawatts to the U.S. without breaking a sweat. Energy developers to the North see huge potential not only in the winds whipping across Mexico but also in the hot sun that bakes the land. Perhaps most important, they see an easier, quicker and cheaper route to getting big energy projects built compared to the multiple levels of permitting processes required north of the border.
Targray Technology International, Inc announces that it has signed a global agreement with Momentive Performance Materials Inc. that names Targray as a Momentive global channel to market for Solar industry-specific silicone potting, sealing and adhesive products. Under the terms of the agreement,
- AMSC Windtec Expands Relationship With China's Third Largest Wind Turbine Manufacturer - Dongfang to Begin Production of AMSC Windtec-Designed 2.5 Megawatt Wind Turbines in 2010 - Production of New 5 MW Full Conversion Turbines Scheduled for 2012
This story gives examples of how farmers and John Deere dealers across North America and Canada are harnessing the wind to save on energy cost, and protect the future of the farming industry. The story goes on to discuss how farmers who turn to wind turbine power save money and help the environment.
Airfield lighting technology provider ADB Airfield Solutions, LLC and solar technology provider Carmanah Technologies have teamed up to provide a line of solar-based LED airfield lighting for ADB. This will augment ADB's airfield lighting products with solar-powered LED lighting alternatives.
The agreement has been signed with Banco Santander, La Caixa and BBVA for two solar photovoltaic projects in Tordesillas (Valladolid) and Valtierra (Navarra), which together have a capacity of 22 MWp. The capital financed amounts to €100 million.
Sum-SHA-Thut, an installation by Canadian solar energy company Home Energy Solutions has been named ‘Solar Project of the Year' at the 2009 Canadian Solar Industries Association (CanSIA) conference.
Suspended by ropes from the top of a giant wind turbine, two men slowly descended down a long, silvery blade. Then they got to work, and from 150 feet above the ground, the hum of a sander filled the air. For Matt Touchette and Sequoia Haughey, it was another day at the office. Rope specialists like Mr. Touchette and Mr. Haughey have long filled a range of niche jobs, like inspecting big dams, cleaning Mount Rushmore and repairing offshore oil platforms. But as wind farms have sprouted across the nation, rope companies have quickly expanded into a new line of work - fixing turbines so they last longer in the elements. It's a dream job for rock-climbing types. Photograph by Jigar Mehta/The New York Times
The City of Reno, Nevada, has completed the first of 10 planned wind turbines to serve various community facilities. The 15 kw wind turbine completed at a wastewater treatment plant is the largest to qualify for NV Energy's small wind rebate.
George Arnold, National Coordinator for Smart Grid Interoperability at NIST, to keynote Parks Associates' Smart Energy Summit
NIST efforts critical as U.S. consumers look to cut energy costs
SMA America LLC, the U.S.-based subsidiary of global solar technology leader SMA Solar Technology AG, has announced the hiring of Jim Morgenson as senior sales manager for strategic accounts.
National HVACR Educators and Trainers Conference goes green. Featured speakers from the EPA, DuPont, United Association. A green and sustainable technologies mobile classroom will be at the conference to show first hand how buildings can be more energy efficient.
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