A Survey has been released for input on the update of the PV Installation Professional Certification Program and development of three new Specialty Credentials
Working alongside major solar manufacturers and installer-developers including First Solar, SunPower and Trina Solar, SEIA has established a state-of-the-art network of cost-effective recyclers that can responsibly manage PV waste and end-of-life disposal of PV panels.
TerraSmart more than triples survey speed and accuracy with the launch of its robotic vehicle, APSR, at Solar Power International (SPI) in Las Vegas.
Ingeteam, the global supplier of electrical conversion equipment, announced today the launch of its new solution dubbed INGECON WIND FIX2VAR SPEED, a ground-breaking autonomous power conversion system that increases the Annual Energy Production (AEP), lifetime and grid-performance of fixed-speed wind turbines by enabling them to transform to variable-speed machines to best match wind conditions. With this new innovation, Ingeteam is taking a giant leap in the booming wind turbine life cycle services market.
SPI 2016 - Yaskawa - Solectria Solar Introduces 1500VDC String Combiners to its Advanced String Combiner Line
The DISCOM 1500's premium features satisfy the growing needs of PV system designers and reduce overall system cost and increase ROI [return on investment].
Panasonic Corporation of North America Makes Second Strategic Investment in Coronal, Fuels Renewable Energy Market Leadership
Groups Launch Coronal Energy, powered by Panasonic
Summer performance maps illustrate the impact of seasonal fires on productivity during peak season for Californian project owners
Scottish Renewables, the representative voice of the renewable energy industry in Scotland, responds to today's announcement that Atlantis has officially unveiled its MeyGen project, the world's largest free-stream tidal power array.
Growing 43 percent year over year, the U.S. saw 2,051 megawatts (MW) of solar photovoltaic (PV) installed in the second quarter of 2016. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association's (SEIA) latest U.S. Solar Market Insight report, this marks the eleventh consecutive quarter in which more than a gigawatt (GW) of PV was installed.
ARNOLD GUNDERSEN for Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists: My own experience near solar arrays in Fukushima Prefecture indicates that the problems of building and maintaining solar installations in a contaminated nuclear wasteland are over-simplified, and worse, totally ignored. One of the greatest burdens of maintaining operating atomic reactors is the cost of working in a Radiologically Controlled Area. (The Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory defines a Radiologically Controlled Area as: “Any area to which access is managed to protect individuals from exposure to radiation or radioactive materials. Individuals who enter Controlled Areas without entering Radiological Areas are not expected to receive a total effective dose equivalent of more than 0.1 rem (0.001 Sievert) in a year.”) Each nuclear power plant operates with specific instructions and constraints, with Radiation Work Permits tailored for each specific maintenance activity. Because special clothing, special respiratory equipment, and special radiation monitoring equipment are routinely required to perform even minimum maintenance activities inside a nuclear power plant, every activity takes longer, costs more, and requires more people inside each reactor than necessary in any other industrial setting. Consequently, the question becomes: Does building solar panels on land contaminated with nuclear waste resemble work in a normal industrial setting, or is it more similar to work inside a radiologically contaminated atomic reactor—at significantly higher cost? Full Article:
Jason Overdorf for SMITHSONIAN.COM: For a little more than a year, the family has been supplementing the sporadic electricity the village gets from the grid with solar energy, thanks to a new pay-as-you-go business model pioneered by Canadian entrepreneur Paul Needham and his company, Simpa Networks. Call it “rent-to-own solar.” Needham is a serial tech entrepreneur whose online advertising company BidClix made its way into the portfolio of Microsoft. As a doctoral student in economics at Cambridge, he was obsessed with the reasons customers will shell out for certain products and not others. One of the questions that always bugged him was, “Why don’t I own solar panels?” The reason, he determined, was the high up-front costs. Imagine if mobile phone service was sold like solar energy. From an operator’s perspective, it would have made great sense to try to sell customers 10 years of phone calls in advance, so as to quickly earn back the money invested in building cell towers. But the person who suggested such a strategy would have been fired immediately, Needham says. “You want to charge people for what they value, not the technology that’s providing it,” he says in a telephone interview. Cont'd...
A look at how wildfire air pollution can affect the power output of solar panels.
The slump of polysilicon price has initiated since late August as buyers buying power has been significantly hampered due to slashed downstream demand and prices that they could not bear with high-priced raw materials and threaten to cut more polysilicon procurements. A previous attempt to sustain polysilicon prices in China has failed and the polysilicon suppliers in China have lowered price drastically in order to lessen its piled-up inventories as well as to secure limited orders. Moreover, as the quarterly financial accounting process closes at the end of September, polysilicon suppliers are having compounded pressures to dump excess stockpiles, pushing down polysilicon prices further.
ATI will be joining solar industry leaders in Las Vegas next week
Ballard Power Systems today announced the signing of a purchase order from Shenzhen UpPower Technology Co., Ltd., a leading fuel cell bus systems integrator in China, for the supply of 10 FCveloCity®-MD 30-kilowatt fuel cell power modules.
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