Operations & Maintenance
Selecting appropriately matched components, determining correct wire sizes and overcurrent protection, and correctly installing all the equipment are critical elements of PV system design and installation that must pass inspection before the system can be turned over to the...
The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) released NFPA 70: National Electrical Code, 2011 Edition in September 2010. The NEC Handbook 2011 was released shortly after. It contains the entire text of the Code with commentary and more than 500 photos and illustrations. The...
Mike Holt, one of the most knowledgeable educators, authors and NEC experts in the US, announced his series of illustrated guides for the latest Code edition. For the first time, Holt offers both a book and a DVD, entitled Understanding NEC Requirements for Photovoltaic...
Draker Labs, a provider of turnkey data monitoring products, released an enhanced web interface to complement its Sentalis line. Sentalis 4 is a fully hosted, web-based interface that provides additional support for managing large portfolios of PV projects. The dashboard...
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) announced the criteria for its latest certification, PV Technical Sales. The new certification responds to stakeholder input for a rigorous certification that applies to individuals who are not installing...
A free iPhone app enables mobile monitoring of critical system performance data. The Sunny Portal application, available from the Apple App Store, communicates with the Sunny WebBox and displays the energy output for the day, month, year and life-to-date of the system, in...
The Lumos LSX line consists of frameless modules designed to improve system aesthetics and reduce module installation time and costs. The LSX200 and LSX250 are monocrystalline modules with 60 and 72 cells per module, respectively. The modules are designed to mount with the...
Eaton, a global manufacturer of electrical products such as power quality systems and electrical distribution equipment, released its 250 kW S-Max commercial PV inverter. The inverter’s design is based on the active front-end technology used in Eaton’s HVAC, telecom, and...
Recent innovations in dc combiners allow it to be more versatile and to perform more than the basic combining function. Changes in the 2011 NEC have implications regarding how combiners are deployed in the field and what features are included.
These SolarPro tables provide product specifications for combiners and recombiners available in the North American marketplace. Data for 148 products from 11 manufacturers are included.
Design & Installation
When done correctly, PV system-commissioning activities ensure customer satisfaction, project safety and longevity, while adding very little in terms of time and cost. Commissioning agents can prove that a system is working as promised, set performance baselines and verify...
AMtec Solar’s Auxiliary Power Cabinet is an all-in-one freestanding enclosure that is customizable to meet specific project requirements.
Lior Handelsman co-founded SolarEdge in 2006 and currently serves as the vice president of marketing and product strategy.
The Old Alabama Road 2 (OAR 2) solar project, located in Woodland, Georgia, represents two trends present in many megawatt-scale ground-mounted PV installations—tracked arrays and the use of string inverters for power processing.
S-5! has released four new attachment brackets, RibBrackets I–IV, for use with metal roofing panels with trapezoidal profiles.
The site of the Kokomo Solar 1 power plant was once the home of a massive Continental Steel plant in Kokomo, Indiana, that closed down in the 1980s.
In early 2016, David Brearley and his wife Molly O’Halloran contracted Austin, Texas–based Freedom Solar Power to permit and install a SunPower PV system for a new alley flat.
Business & Finance
Looking for opportunities to network or develop professionally? This overview of national and regional solar conferences and events is here to help. We provide an overview of 21 conferences and events, in nine states plus the District of Columbia and Mexico, of interest to...