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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.

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.

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.

What Are the Benefits of a National Energy Grid?

Whether it's saving every electricity customer money or hardening our infrastructure against climate change, it's hard to imagine another project right now that looks as appealing, practical and unifying as developing a national energy grid.

When Cars Think for Us: Autonomous Vehicles and the Role of Energy Storage

In this article, I discuss the primary reasons why autonomous vehicles are emerging, what factors go into developing self-driving cars, and how energy storage is a vital part of autonomous vehicle design.

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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.

GreenBlu Begins $1.6 Million U.S. Department of Energy Award to Commercialize Adsorption Desalination Technology

New technology to make zero-carbon, zero-discharge desalination and wastewater treatment affordable

Alternative Energy - News Headlines

Centrica Business Solutions Helps Customers Optimize Day-to-Day Performance with 100% Renewable Energy Solutions

Powering Performance: The Buyers Guide to Solar Now Available

SD Mines Researchers Explore Hydraulic Fracturing to Expand Geothermal Energy

The process could enhance the use of the earth's own heat as a source of clean energy.

Pason Power Enables Solar and Energy Storage Project Developers to Deploy with Confidence

End-to-End Data Intelligence Platform Makes Battery Storage Project Sizing and Performance Predictable

esVolta Selected for Four Energy Storage Projects Totaling 38.5 MWhs in Southern California

All four projects are slated to be in service by March 2020.

ChargePoint and FLO Make Driving Electric across North America More Accessible Than Ever

North America's Two Leaders in Electric Vehicle Charging Enter into the Region's First Ever Roaming Agreement

Alternative Energy - Featured Product

LG Solar Unveils NeON R with Enhanced Aesthetics and Energy Savings

LG Solar Unveils NeON R with Enhanced Aesthetics and Energy Savings

The NeON R module features "Back Contact" cell technology delivering an entirely black panel that is aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient. The cell's seamless, surface blends perfectly into nearly all rooftop designs while the module's electrodes are positioned on the rear of the cell. Using LG's N-type cell structure, the panels produce 365W of energy, up to 7.3kWp, compared to 5.8kWp of the p-type cell. The module's new design minimizes LID, thereby delivering a longer lifespan and increased energy output.

Alternative Energy - Featured Company

sonnen Inc.

sonnen Inc.

sonnen was founded in Germany in 2010 and is the European market leader for smart storage systems with over 24,000 energy storage systems installed globally. The company's all-in-one storage-plus-solar solution, the sonnenBatterie intelligent energy storage system, is available in the U.S. and provides benefits to residential customers, from cost savings through better energy management, to backup power in the event of grid outages and the capability to go off-grid, supplying customer with up to 100% of their energy.