The Economics of Small Commercial Solar Projects

Solar projects can be a great investment for many businesses and offer a solid ROI, but it takes time and energy to put together a project that works for all the interested parties-the customer, the bank, and the installer.

Google: 4 out of 5 US homes have solar power potential

Steve Dent for engadget:  A five kilowatt rooftop solar installation now costs just $12,500 on average after tax credits, and pretty soon, installing one might soon be a matter of re-tiling your roof. Whether it's right for you, however, depends in large part on how much sun your house gets. That's where Google's Project Sunroof comes in -- launched just two years ago, it has now surveyed over 60 million US buildings in 50 states. That means there's a good chance you can see the electricity production potential in your city, neighborhood and even specific house. Google calculates the amount of sunlight on your roof based on "3D modeling of your roof and nearby trees," weather patterns, the position of the sun in the sky during the year and shade from buildings, trees and other obstructions. That info is then converted to energy production "using industry standard models for solar installation performance," Google says.   Cont'd...

Intersolar North America and ees North America Open Registration

Intersolar North America 2017 will be the event's 10th anniversary; registration now available on the Intersolar and ees North America websites

Sungrow Presented New Energy Storage Solutions at Energy Storage Europe

The new residential product features a lightweight turnkey design, making installation much faster. Also, it can be easily maintained through the remote monitoring technology and is compatible with mainstream types of batteries.

NEXTracker to Expand Manufacturing in India

Association with new Indian steel manufacturer reduces shipment time by up to 50 percent to support India's National Solar Mission

Scientists harness solar power to produce hydrogen from biomass

University of Cambridge via Biomass Magazine:  Dr Moritz Kuehnel, from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Cambridge, joint lead author on a new research paper published in Nature Energy, says: "Lignocellulose is nature's equivalent to armoured concrete. It consists of strong, highly crystalline cellulose fibres, that are interwoven with lignin and hemicellulose which act as a glue. This rigid structure has evolved to give plants and trees mechanical stability and protect them from degradation, and makes chemical utilisation of lignocellulose so challenging." The new technology relies on a simple photocatalytic conversion process. Catalytic nanoparticles are added to alkaline water in which the biomass is suspended. This is then placed in front of a light in the lab which mimics solar light. The solution is ideal for absorbing this light and converting the biomass into gaseous hydrogen which can then be collected from the headspace. The hydrogen is free of fuel-cell inhibitors, such as carbon monoxide, which allows it to be used for power.   Full Article:

Blattner Energy Tops List of U.S. Installers of PV in 2016, IHS Markit Says

Megawatt-scale PV installations jumped by 125 percent from 2015 to 2016

Leading power industry event announces first keynotes

25th anniversary of principal power industry event to provide expert insight

SMA Blazes Trail for Residential Solar with New UL Listing for Sunny Boy Inverters

Solar Technology Leader First to Achieve Latest UL 1741 SA Listing Ahead of New State Requirements

Solar Experiment Lets Neighbors Trade Energy Among Themselves

Diane Cardwell for The New York Times:  Brooklyn is known the world over for things small-batch and local, like designer clogs, craft bourbon and artisanal sauerkraut.  Now, it is trying to add electricity to the list. In a promising experiment in an affluent swath of the borough, dozens of solar-panel arrays spread across rowhouse rooftops are wired into a growing network. Called the Brooklyn Microgrid, the project is signing up residents and businesses to a virtual trading platform that will allow solar-energy producers to sell excess-electricity credits from their systems to buyers in the group, who may live as close as next door. The project is still in its early stages - it has just 50 participants thus far - but its implications could be far reaching.   Cont'd...

The Atacama Desert, Extreme Conditions for Instrumentation

Due to extreme weather, high solar radiation, high UV index and the salinity of certain areas, the Atacama Desert in Chile presents conditions that contribute to the early degradation of instrumentation, communication and energy systems.

What Is Net Metering, and How Does It Work?

Depending on the size of your solar system and the amount of solar you produce each month, you can greatly reduce your monthly electric bills, and even profit from it.

Energy and manufacturing coalition: America can do better with its essential transmission infrastructure

AWEA, NEMA, SEIA, WIRES urge Congress to streamline US electrical infrastructure projects

SunLink Closes $10M Credit Facility with Heritage Bank of Commerce

As part of the company's evolution from respected solar engineering powerhouse to one of the fastest growing EnTech companies in the country, SunLink Corporation has engaged Heritage Bank of Commerce to provide an expanded line of credit and other financial services in support of continued expansion.

Solaria PowerXT High-Efficiency Modules Now Carried by Fortune Energy; High-Efficiency Solaria PowerXT™ PV Modules Enable Installers to Double their Profits

Solaria PowerXT modules deliver outstanding efficiency and superior aesthetics. Their technology value proposition -20% more power production- is a compelling one. PowerXT's advanced cell interconnect and module production processes significantly boost power generation while eliminating reliability challenges that can reduce conventional PV modules' long-term performance. Not only does Solaria PowerXT accelerate the payback period and double installers' profits - it's an aesthetically superior product that helps make solar an attractive investment from both an appearance and performance perspective.

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