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Learning From Solar’s Past Mistakes to Ensure a Brighter Future

There is no doubting the magnitude of opportunity facing the global solar industry now and in the coming years. However, the industry must reflect on past failures and put in place processes which ensure they are not repeated.

Denmark Positions Itself as the Flag Bearer for Wind Power

Peter Levring for Bloomberg Technology: Denmark obtained 43.4 percent of its electricity from wind last year, beating its own record. The government’s goal is to derive 50 percent of the country’s entire energy consumption from renewables by 2030.

10 Predictions for Community Solar in 2018

Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar developer and solutions provider, forecast what is on the horizon for community solar. CEC’s experts offer the following 10 predictions for 2018.

Role of Renewable Energy in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security

Use of Renewable energy sources in agriculture production process not only will solve problems of energy and water scarcity but will ensure food security and enhance sustainable agriculture in Pakistan.

Be Inspired By Impressive Solar Facilities

With ever-increasing panel efficiency, gross installation costs at under $4 a watt, and available tax credits to help defray the cost, there's never been a better time to consider this technology.

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A Fully Solar-Powered Car May Be Hitting the Road by 2019

Chelsea Gohd for Futurism: Solar-powered cars have been thought of by many as an impossible pipedream. But the innovators behind Lightyear One, a fully solar-powered vehicle to be released in 2019, just won an award for their design.

World's Largest Offshore Wind Farm Could Send Power to Five Countries

Lorraine Chow for EcoWatch: The vision is so massive that the developers will have to construct a 2.3-square-mile artificial island in the North Sea to support the 10,000-turbine complex.

Florida company using 'solar cell of the future' to develop 500W, ~24% efficient panel

John Fitzgerald Weaver for Electrek: SmartWire is part of an industry wide remaking of ‘busbars.’ In order to squeeze greater efficiency from the same limited rooftop space, an evolution on the front side of the solar panel has been sped up.

China Is Building a Solar Power Highway

David Grossman for Popular Mechanics: To build a photovoltaic highway, Chinese engineers are using three layers. The uppermost of these is transparent concrete with a feel similar to asphalt. Then come the solar panels, absorbing the sun's rays while protected from nature.

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SMA Reaches 10 GW of Installed Sunny Central Inverters in North America

While the new year is just beginning, SMA has already crossed a major milestone as it reached 10 GW of installed Sunny Central inverters in North America. This translates to approximately 10,000 inverters powering commercial and utility plants across the region, which is enough energy to electrify more than 2 million homes.

Report: Transmission Needed to Meet Corporate America's Growing Demand for Renewable Power

Transmission planners are not accounting for up to 51 gigawatts of potential near-term procurement Corporate energy customers can help by participating in planning processes

SEIA Offers Deep Dive into Locational Value and Time of Use Rates in New White Paper

The fourth paper, Getting More Granular: How Value of Location and Time May Change Compensation for Distributed Energy Resources, focuses on the ways in which utilities can more effectively operate on the grid.

Shell to Acquire Interest in U.S. Solar Business

"Partnering with Silicon Ranch Corporation progresses our New Energies strategy and provides our U.S. customers with additional solar renewable options," said Marc van Gerven, Shell Vice President of Solar.

Sungrow Launches 3.125MW 1500Vdc Turnkey Station at WFES 2018

Sungrow, the global leading inverter solution supplier for renewables, launched the SG3125HV, the company's latest 3.125MW 1500Vdc turnkey station, along with its string inverter series

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SolarEdge Technologies - Solar Inverters, Power Optimizers and PV Monitoring

SolarEdge Technologies - Solar Inverters, Power Optimizers and PV Monitoring

The SolarEdge PV inverter combines sophisticated digital control technology with efficient power conversion architecture to achieve superior solar power harvesting and best-in-class reliability. The fixed-voltage technology ensures the solar inverter is always working at its optimal input voltage over a wider range of string lengths and regardless of environmental conditions. A proprietary data monitoring receiver has been integrated into the inverter and aggregates the power optimizer performance data from each PV module. This data can be transmitted to the web and accessed via the SolarEdge Monitoring Portal for performance analysis, fault detection and troubleshooting of PV systems.

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Sun Xtender Series Batteries

Sun Xtender Series Batteries

Sunxtender.com is broken down into concise sets of data, applications, and performance results. Solar Batteries - 2 volts, 6 volts and 12 volts; and 30 to 915 Amp Hrs. for Telecommunication, Solar Lighting, Solar Homes, Traffic Control, Aids to Navigation, RTU, SCADA & more.