Altenergymag Interview - Christopher Associates and the Solar Industry

Starting in a two-room office in 1977, Christopher Associates quickly expanded by focusing on technical service and an international product mix. By 1984, the company grew to become one of the leading suppliers to the printed circuit industry. Today, its customer base includes more than 1,200 companies worldwide in the Printed Circuit Fabrication and Assembly industries.

Altenergymag Interview - PV Product Distribution

Krayden, Inc. offers numerous solutions for the solar energy industry. As an authorized distributor of leading manufacturers serving the photovoltaic market, including Dow Corning, Henkel Loctite, 3M, Humiseal, FCT Assembly, Lord, and Cytec, and others the company is able to supply a full line of coatings, tapes, PV sealants, conductive Inks, PV adhesives, lead-free solder, and PV potting agents. Here we catch up with Wayne Wagner, Krayden, Inc.'s president, to see how the company's PV side of the business is growing.

Altenergymag Interview - Risk Management in the PPA Marketplace

Solar Insure is a California owned Independent insurance brokerage dedicated to providing our clients with the highest quality professional risk management & insurance services, while delivering competitively priced alternative energy insurance products.

AltEnergyMag Interview - Solar System Safety

Brent Harris, P.Eng, is CTO of Sustainable Energy Technologies, and a co-founder of the company. He led the development and commercialization of the company's technologies, from early demonstrations to the launch of its latest Sunergy inverters. Mr. Harris has a passion for decentralized energy in general and for solar power in particular. He is an active proponent of changes to the management and regulation of our electric system that will enable greater adoption of decentralized and renewable energy technologies. Mr. Harris is a member of the board and treasurer of WADE Canada, and was a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Solar Industries Association from 2005-2008.

Balance of System Solar Solutions

SolarBOS was the first company to build a combiner box around a flexible platform where the system integrator could specify the number of fuses and enclosure rating. While this seems pretty simple in hindsight, back in 2004 this was brand new and allowed integrators a lot of flexibility on the design of the DC side of the project.

Bankable Projects Needed

May 18th & 19th saw the renewables sector come together for the annual All-Energy conference and exhibition in Aberdeen. While developers, manufacturers, enterprise agencies and financiers debated and endorsed the industry's progress in Scotland and pondered on the development of the offshore wind supply chain, the Scottish European Green Energy Centre (SEGEC) felt it prudent to remind delegates that many of the current business models won't deliver the project investment needed in the future.

Belgian Solar Market Cooling Down Following End of 2009 Boom

The end of 2010 saw an accumulated volume of approximately 740 MW in Belgium, enabling the country to establish its 5th position in the EU ranks, before France. 88% of capacity is in Flanders. While Hernieuws and VREG data totalled up to 385 MW for Belgium in 2009, EurObserv'ER recently counted 363 MWp DC capacity. Based on the original AC data, 2010 could have seen growth of 354 MW. With a population of 10,8 million, the country as a whole would have reached a level of 68 W of installed solar capacity per inhabitant (75 Wp DC).

Canadian-designed Battery Backup System Maximizes Solar Power

Douglas Caldwell's AC micro grid for his home, is a sleek combination of Sanyo HIT solar panels, Enphase micro-inverters and a Schneider Electric Xantrex XW Series battery backup system, which provides uninterrupted power for occasions when the grid is down.

Case Studies from Proven Energy

Here are a examples of Wind installations around the world. With an operational fleet spanning 60 countries and every continent Proven Energy's high performance wind turbines accrue over 30 million run hours annually.

Case Studies from SolarWall

Here are two case studies about SolarWall. NREL - Research Support Facility is pictured below and Northern Arizona University - Distance Learning Center

Case Study - Minneapolis Convention Center

The Minneapolis Convention Center Solar Project was a collaborative effort between the City of Minneapolis, Xcel Energy, and Best Power Int'l, LLC.

Case Study: Silverback Solar & The Pressroom Denver. Colorado

The pressroom is a concrete building built in the late 1970's. The roof was old and flat. A traditional ballasted mounting system, with its added weight, wasn't an option-- the old roof would have collapsed. Mark Stahl the operations manager of Astralux Power needed a different kind of a solution.

Case Study: The Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) Solar Centre

Alice Springs, Australia, with around 300 days of sunshine every year, is an ideal test location for solar power installations. The Desert Knowledge Australia (DKA) Solar Centre is a government-funded public showcase of solar installations, demonstrating a range of solar power technologies from many of the world's leading manufacturers.

Centrosolar's Expansion into North America

Mr. Deep Chakraborty currently CEO of Centrosolar America, Inc. since January 2010, was until recently Vice President of the parent Group in Munich, Germany. At Centrosolar, Deep has focused on a fast ramp-up of the US business: launching Centrosolar-branded products, growing the sales and engineering organization and launching a systems-based approach to Centrosolar's product offering in the North American market.

Draining Canada First

Using natural gas to produce oil from tar sands is akin to turning gold into lead.

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