By Loren Grush for The Verge: Google wants to help you harness the power of the sun. A new service called Project Sunroof aims to provide a "treasure map" of solar energy with the help of Google Maps. Sunroof gives homeowners detailed information about how much solar power their roof can generate and how much money they could save on electricity costs by adding solar panels. Sunroof uses data from Google Maps that previously had no practical application. For instance, Sunroof uses Maps’ 3D-modeling to calculate the amount of space a building’s roof has for solar panels. The service also analyzes the positioning of the sun over the course of a year, as well as the type of cloud cover and temperature the neighborhood usually experiences. It even considers the amount of shade cast by nearby objects. Cont'd...
Acquisition Strengthens Solar3D's Strategic Position in Northern California
The NeoBolt lockbolt fastener system delivers vibration resistance and structural strength with no pin break
Bonfiglioli's RPS Inverters with Ampt Mode Lower Total System Cost and Are Available Up To 3,500 kVA Output Power for 1000 Volt DC Systems
In the first half of 2015, SolarWorld AG boosts shipments of solar modules and kits by 32 percent to 440 MW and revenue by 40 percent to EUR 320 million --- Shipments in July and current order backlog for 2015 already exceed another 500 MW --- In the second half of 2015, SolarWorld AG increasingly delivers modules to international large-scale projects and continues to focus on high-performance technology
Innovative Curriculum Debuts in San Bernardino County High School
As the installation of solar electricity generation grows at an unprecedented pace world-widely and the performance of PV products gets improved steadily, the demand for PV modules of high quality and reliability that can operate in the harsh environment without rapid degradation has greatly increased.
By Michael McDonald for OilPrice.com: As the oil price bust continues, renewable energy and sustainability innovation is continuing unabated. For instance, an architecture company recently unveiled a set of plans for a smart floating farm project that helps preserve land space and improve food production efficiency. The plans are just hypothetical at this point and it is unclear if they will ever be built, but that’s not really the point. The project shows that, around the world, companies and individuals continue to devote time and resources to innovation in sustainable living. In a similar vein for instance, in the solar field, small companies are creating a host of new innovative products like new inverters and module level electronics. Many of these innovations may seem trivial and iterative. And many are, but a series of trivial and iterative innovations can still lead to big change and that has solar proponents excited. Big changes are also occurring on more visible systems. A company called Ripasso Energy is pushing its new, more efficient solar generators. In a highly visible effort, Tesla is pressing ahead with its home and business battery storage systems. Desalinization with solar and even solar planes are also on the horizon. The vast majority of these innovations are too early stage for investors to make serious bets on, and even if an investor could be in on an individual technology, that approach is risky. Instead, investors are better off putting their dollars into firms that consistently show an innovative spirit and are pressing forward with a broad portfolio of product innovations. These kinds of broad sets of innovations are important to the future of the planet and they can generate serious returns for sage investors as well. Cont'd...
SPI 2015 - Advanced Racking Solutions launches Flash Guard at SPI. Flashing is designed by installers and guards against roof leaks.
Advanced Racking Solutions delivers cost competitive mounting solutions designed to work with the roof. At SPI, ARS will launch Flash Guard, flashing designed by installers for shingle roofs. The innovative design makes installations fast while protecting against roof leaks. Flashing is sloped 1 degree to keep rails level to the roof. With unbeatable pricing, this installer preferred flashing is sure to receive lots of attention at Solar Power International 2015.
Barbara Grady for GreenBiz: In another sign that renewable energy is becoming big business, developers of wind and solar power projects are about to find themselves subject to a new layer of scrutiny. The social impact startup trying to goad oil and gas exploration companies to meet certain levels of socially and environmentally responsible behavior is extending its efforts into renewable energy. Equitable Origin, founded as a self-proclaimed standards setter for how oil exploration and extraction companies should go about their work without trampling on human rights, harming local communities and destroying the environment, announced this week that it wants to branch out with new standards for wind and solar energy site development. It’s not that the organization is against renewable energy development, its officers insist. “What we are trying to do is assist the growing renewable energy industries by helping them not repeat the same mistakes as oil and gas,” Josh Garrett, communications manager of Equitable Origin, told GreenBiz. Cont'd...
Conejo Solar will have the capacity to deliver 122 megawatts of clean energy to Chile's grid and to support nearby mining operations.
Global clean energy provider, Shunfeng International Clean Energy, acquires majority share
Coldwell Solar continues to focus on core business policies, customer satisfaction, and a continued pursuit for innovation in the solar power industry.
LG And Borrego Solar Collaboration Expands To Bring More High-Efficiency Modules To U.S. Commercial Customers
Expanded Commercial Integrator Agreement Covers 135 Megawatts of Advanced LG Panels, Including New Mono X NeON 2, Through 2016
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