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New Additives to Perovskite Tandem Solar Cells Boost Efficiency, Stability

Scientists at NREL have demonstrated a tin-lead perovskite cell that overcomes problems with stability and improves efficiency. The new cell, a tandem design with two layers of perovskites, measured a 25.5% efficiency.

Monetize That Runway!

Public airports across the U.S. face a similar challenge: a fixed revenue model with limited opportunity for growth. Fortunately, many have an untapped resource that they can turn into a source of predictable, long-term income – the open space around their runways.

How Keeping It Simple Can Lower O&M Costs

To mitigate the increasing cost of running a utility-scale solar project, many owners and operators have switched their focus from CapEx to operations and maintenance (O&M).

Experts Forecast the Wind Plant of the Future To Be Taller and More Economical

In the most-likely scenario, the experts predicted that hub height for newly installed onshore wind turbines will reach 130 meters in 2035, rather than the 115-meter forecast offered in a 2015 survey.

Solar Training Courses for 2022

SEI is scaling the organization on several fronts to give people more access to hands on, more classes online, and more services for employers to help bridge the gap between training and employment.

Agrivoltaics: The New Frontier

The pairing of photovoltaics and agriculture is something that must be further explored, including more supportive legislation and regulations allowing for this dual use of land.

Rooftop Solar’s Unspoken Truth: Fires and Safety Risks are Uncomfortably Common

Due to inconsistent installation practices, intense manufacturer competition, and sometimes conflicting motives between Operations and Maintenance (O&M) providers and end-owners, the risk of fires looming on rooftop installations is uncomfortably common.

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Is the Future of Residential Solar Shingle Roofing?

Solar shingles look nearly identical to traditional asphalt shingles. They have rectangular shapes that lay across a roofing structure, covering it with the same cornered edges that people can recognize from the street.

Sustainable roads of the future--Canada is home to world's first sound absorptive solar highway noise barrier

Mitrex is the world's largest designer and manufacturer of integrated solar products that produce sustainable and renewable electricity to transform any exterior surface into an energy-generating power plant.

President Biden's Action Saves Solar Jobs, Invests in American Solar Manufacturing

Following is a statement by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association:

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QuickBOLT receives Miami-Dade NOA for QB2 Solar Mount

QuickBOLT's QB2 with 3" Microflashing® has officially received Miami-Dade County Acceptance meaning easier permitting processes, greater permit approval coverage, and savings on solar installation projects.

Battery energy storage projects supported by Natural Power go online in California

Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has served as Independent Engineer of Record on behalf of leading U.S. wholesale energy provider, Southern Power, for its battery-based energy storage projects at the Garland and Tranquillity solar facilities in California, which are now fully operational.

Natural Power supports acquisition of 65MW French wind portfolio

Leading renewable energy consultancy and service provider, Natural Power, has delivered technical due diligence on behalf of Greencoat Renewables PLC to support its acquisition of a 65-MW portfolio of four operating wind farms in France from Swiss renewable energy producer Axpo. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022.

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Advanced Racking Solutions(ARS) delivers cost competitive mounting solutions designed to work with the roof. Years of refinement through structural and wind tunnel testing created products which present the right balance of integrity and price point. ARS delivers VICERACK & VICERAIL tilted mounting for low pitch metal roofs and SKYRACK rail based flush mount for pitched shingle, and metal roofs. 30MW installed on metal roofs in North America, certified to UL 1703 and wind tunnel tested by RWDI.