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Increasing Labor Efficiency in Solar Mounting

The process of installing passive flashing components requires disruption of the roof shingles which can inadvertently cause further damage and potential leaks. We’ve taken the approach of why tear up a perfectly good roofing system to install something over the top of it.

GETTING ON TRACK FOR NET-ZERO BY 2050 WILL REQUIRE RAPID SCALING OF INVESTMENT IN THE ENERGY TRANSITION OVER THE NEXT TEN YEARS

BloombergNEF’s New Energy Outlook charts three distinct pathways for the world to reach climate neutrality by mid-century

S-5! Case Study – Hawaii H-POWER Solar Project VersaGard™ & S-5-S Mini

Elevating the PV panels on rooftops would reduce shadowing from adjacent properties and maximize power generation, and was therefore more favorable to achieve reliable and consistent system performance.

Latest Technical Breakthroughs in Wind Energy

This paper will review recent advancements in wind energy over the last two to three years, with specific focuses on improving wind energy harvesting, offshore wind turbine foundation designs, and decreasing turbine fatigue.

New Columbia Solar Puts $30,000 Per Year on Scoreboard for D.C. United’s Audi Field

To save money, and operate sustainably while doing so, a growing number of stadiums around the world are turning to solar to power their massive banks of floodlights, sound systems, luxury boxes and flashing video screens.

Fieldnotes from Corporations’ Different Paths to Decarbonization

From technology and manufacturing companies to real estate and big-box retailers, companies are committing to decarbonization; there are a variety of approaches these companies are taking to meet commitments, while also weighing the balance of economics.

Storage Boosts Hydro Usage for Alaskan Microgrid

Jim McDowall, Saft Senior Technical Advisor, explains how a small salmon fishing town in Alaska has implemented a grid-scale 1MW energy storage system (ESS) to reduce its reliance on diesel generators.

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What Is the Carbon Footprint of Wind Turbines?

Until America develops enough renewable power to support all industrial production, turbines may continue generating atmospheric pollution. Over time, professionals predict the effects will decrease as society transitions away from fossil fuel-reliant energy.

3 Pros and Cons of Tidal Power Plants

Tidal power plants display promising potential for climate change prevention. When the U.S. expands the quantity and diversity of energy sources in the industry, it may significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Top Trending Technologies to Redefine Solar Power in the Near Future

The solar energy industry is supposed to introduce many exciting solar panel technologies to refurbish the growth chart post the pandemic.

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Fluke 393 FC CAT III 1500 V True-rms Clamp Meter with iFlex delivers safe, fast measurements in 1500 V dc environments

The new meter's thin jaw, CAT III 1500 V safety rating, and IP54 rating for dust and water make it ideal for installation and troubleshooting in solar environments.

With NEC 2020 Solar Label Package, Safety is in the Bag

All-in-one label kit helps installers comply with regulations.

Solar Industry Statement on the August 2021 Petition for Solar Tariffs

Following is a statement from John Smirnow, vice president of market strategy and general counsel at the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) on the August 2, 2021 Section 201 petition:

Brighter Future of Concentrated Solar Power: Middle East to Become a Major Hub

If you are remotely involved in solar energy, you must have heard about concentrated solar power. The technique to generate electricity using mirrors to concentrate the sunrays. The core principle behind this technique is similar to magnifying glass experiment only on a larger scale. This energy is used in several applications including heating fluids such as oil and water to produce steam, which is used to drive turbines and generate electricity.

Panasonic Solar Energy AllGuard™ Warranty expanded to include labor coverage on IronRidge racking systems

Panasonic's 25-year warranty now offers comprehensive labor on IronRidge monitoring and interconnection hardware and racking when installed by an authorized Panasonic Installer

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SMA America is the U.S.-based subsidiary of global PV leader SMA Solar Technology AG. SMA is a power conversion, energy management and support service provider for residential through utility-scale photovoltaic systems. SMA's leading range of solar inverters and related technologies spans all power classes and is compatible with all module types, resulting in the largest solutions portfolio in the industry. With 40 years of experience and more than 100 gigawatts of installed capacity, SMA is represented in every major PV market on the planet and continues to lead the industry with unmatched technological innovation, strong service support and educational programs.