Tabuchi America Launches $300M Loan Program for Residential Solar-Plus-Storage

GEOSmart SolPower Program with Electric & Gas Industries Association is the first 20-year financing option for solar-plus-storage systems

SPI 2016 - Leading Renewable Energy Executive Search Firm Sponsors Solar Power International

September 6, 2016 San Francisco: Whitham Group, the leading executive search firm in the renewable energy industries, has been named a Kilowatt Sponsor of the annual Solar Power International conference, held this year in Las Vegas, NV on September 12 - 15 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

SPI 2016 - Continental Control Systems to Highlight Solar Solutions at Solar Power International - Las Vegas 2016

SPI, Las Vegas, booth W1133, September 8 - Continental Control Systems announced today that it will preview a variety of solar solutions including high accuracy production and consumption metering, net metering and zero export metering at SPI 2016, September 13-15.

Is Rent-to-Own Solar Power the Answer?

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...

Wildfires and Solar Panels

A look at how wildfire air pollution can affect the power output of solar panels.

SPI 2016 - SolarWorld will unveil AC solar panel

Company's newest solar panel will debut at Solar Power International

SPI 2016 - Advanced Racking Solutions (ARS) achieves UL 2703 Bonding & Grounding, UL 1703 certification, and launches the Total Roof Platform (TRP)

The Total Roof Platform (TRP) is being launched at the SPI show in Las Vegas. Advanced Racking Solutions (ARS) has received UL 2703 certification on its SKYRACK, VICERACK2, and BLOCKMOUNT2 mounting solutions. VICERACK2 is believed to be the only Class A certified system for metal roofs per the UL1703 Fire Test Standard.

Sharp Introduces Financing Program for Commercial SmartStorage®+Solar Hybrid Projects

Program aims to advance adoption of behind-the-meter energy storage with financing for $25 million of hybrid systems

SPI 2016 - Solar Data Systems Announces New and Enhanced Features for Solar-Log® Commercial Revenue Grade Metering Solution

Visit Solar-Log®, Booth 219 at Solar Power International and leverage the power of the world's leading independent residential and commercial solar PV monitoring technology. September 13-14th at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, NV.

SPI 2016 - Silfab Solar Debuts Ultra-High-Efficiency, 60-Cell Module

Company Also Will Display Other One-of-a-Kind Products at Solar Power International, Sept. 12-15

RBI Solar Launches Next Generation Ground Mount Solution

The RBI Solar next generation ground mount solution was specifically designed to make solar installation more affordable for commercial and utility-scale PV projects. This new model underwent a rigorous testing regimen for bonding and grounding to pass the UL 2703 Standard.

SPI 2016 - Bird B Gone, Inc. to Showcase New Solar Panel Bird Deterrents at Solar Power International Show

Bird B Gone, the leader in professional grade bird control products for commercial, industrial and residential applications will be showcasing its growing lineup of products at this year's Solar Power International Show in Las Vegas.

SPI 2016 - Brilliant Rack's Xpress Xpress Mount™ Technology Saves Time and Money

Learn more at the upcoming Solar Power International Conference.

SPI 2016 - Sun Bandit Turns 3 Trumpeting 10 Solar Milestones

Solar hybrid water heating solution Sun Bandit® - the world's first ICC-SRCC-certified, PV-powered solar water heating solution - is celebrating its third anniversary. And it's delivering 10 solar milestones to help builders, contractors and property owners capitalize on its unique market position.

Special News Report for Solar Power International 2016

New product announcements and news from SPI 2016. Post your company news or read about what others are doing at the show.

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Kipp & Zonen - Smart SMP Pyranometers

Kipp & Zonen - Smart SMP Pyranometers

Equipped with an extremely low power, smart interface the Smart SMP pyranometers offer industry standard digital and amplified analog outputs within the well-known CMP series housings. The output range is programmed so that all SMP pyranometers have identical sensitivities, allowing easy installation and exchange for recalibration. Serial communication allows access to measurement data, instrument status, operating parameters and calibration history. Building on the proven CMP Series design and technology that is used around the world, the new SMP pyranometers add digital signal processing and interfaces optimised for industrial data acquisition and control systems.