Alternative Energy - Articles, Stories & Interviews

Microgrids in Sub-Saharan Africa

We were thrilled to announce last month that our first two microgrid solar photovoltaic (PV) plants, outfitted with the innovative new Renewvia mobile payment platform, were successfully up and running on the Islands of Ndeda and Ringiti in Kenya’s Lake Victoria region.

Importance of Energy Efficient Lighting for On-Site Work

Technologies that enable more energy efficient lighting are now widely available. Management and maintenance of lighting equipment can also help make it more efficient.

Wind farms and reducing hurricane precipitation

Via ScienceDaily: New research reveals an unexpected benefit of large-scale offshore wind farms: the ability to lessen precipitation from hurricanes.

Can Solar Panels Be Recycled?

If you anticipate your solar company to thrive for the next two decades, it’s time to begin thinking about the responsibility we have to ensure modules stay out of our nation’s landfills.

ACEEE 2018 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard

States up efficiency investments & power savings; push net-zero buildings & electric vehicles; NJ, CT, CO, SD improve most; MA and CA lead.

O&M Considerations for Residential and C&I Rooftop Solar

This white paper aims to provide an overview of the US utility rooftop solar market, and the main challenges it faces in terms of O&M

How Does Heat Affect Solar Inverters?

Inverters, like all semiconductor-based equipment, are sensitive to overheating and, in general, operate best at cooler temperatures, while suffering power losses and damage at higher internal temperatures.

Interested in contributing an article or review?

Alternative Energy - Featured Stories

Department of Energy Announces $46 Million to Improve Resiliency of Solar Generation

A resilient and reliable electricity grid is essential not only to the security of the infrastructure powering our economy, but also to the everyday lives of all Americans.

NREL Inks a Future for Perovskites

Moore, a staff scientist at NREL, is researching fast-drying solvents for the development of perovskite ink—a shortcut to the eventual commercialization of perovskite technologies.

SEIA Releases New Go-To Guide for Residential Installations

The white paper, developed by members of SEIA’s Solar Quality Assurance Working Group, provides recommended best practices on everything from contractor qualifications to the design and actual installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system.

Alternative Energy - News Headlines

New PV*SOL premium 2019 with Additional Features for Electric Vehicles

With the new versions, system designers and operators can design their solar systems according to the latest findings, simulate accurate yield calculations under site-specific conditions and thus also perform accurate financial calculations, taking state support measures into account.

ZETTLER Introduces a Number of New Relays at 2018 Munich electronica (Hall A6 / Booth 118).

Focusing on solar, e-mobility and multiple other applications, ZETTLER Group will showcase various new relays at this year's November electronica show in Munich, Germany (Hall A6 / Booth 118).

Canadian Solar Partners with Biosar to Build a 256 MWp of Solar Project for Total Eren in Australia

Construction is planned to start in October 2018 and it is expected to reach commercial operation by mid-2019. Over 720,000 of Canadian Solar's 1500V high efficiency KuMax modules (CS3U-P) will be installed on single-axis solar tracking systems.

SolarEdge Announces Closing of Kokam Acquisition

"We are excited that Kokam is joining the SolarEdge team and look forward to pooling our shared accomplishments to provide the market with more holistic smart energy systems"

CWIEME to hold Americas relaunch event November 15, 2018

CHICAGO, IL - Following the postponement of CWIEME Chicago 2018, new owner ITE Group has announced the rebranding of the conference and exhibition as CWIEME Americas and is holding a relaunch event, focused on networking and education, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel on November 15, 2018.

Alternative Energy - Featured Product

Sun Xtender® Deep Cycle AGM Batteries

Sun Xtender® Deep Cycle AGM Batteries

Sun Xtender® Deep Cycle AGM Batteries for renewable energy storage are manufactured in the USA by Concorde Battery Corporation and are built to the same demanding standards crucial to supporting the aircraft industry. To facilitate maximum conductivity & charge acceptance Sun Xtender® batteries are constructed with copper alloy corrosion free terminals & robust intercell connections. Endurance and optimal float life are achieved through plates thicker than the industry standard. Sun Xtender® Batteries' AGM maintenance free design is an ideal solution for off grid and grid tied systems.

Alternative Energy - Featured Company

Morningstar Corporation

Morningstar Corporation

Morningstar Corporation is the world's leading supplier of solar controllers and inverters. Proven on all seven continents and in a myriad of off-grid solar electric powering applications, Morningstar's products have been delivering the industry's best overall customer value for more than 20 years. Setting new standards in performance, innovative features, quality and reliability Morningstar's products are an integral power electronic component in more than two million PV power installations.