Snake Tray offers two products specifically for the PV market. Solar Snake Tray options are available for low-slope roof applications and ground-mount installations. The rooftop tray is manufactured with stainless steel and is hand-bendable, allowing the tray to be easily...
The Aurora Trio 10 kW and 12 kW inverters incorporate 3-phase output for use in commercial applications. Similar to the smaller residential units from Power- One, the Trio inverters offer dual dc input sections, each with an independent MPPT, allowing for greater...
Bentek Solar offers a full line of string combiners and recombiners for residential, commercial and utility-scale projects. They have added a new line of circuit breakerbased recombiners targeting commercial-scale projects at 250 kW to 1 MW. The 600 Vdc breakers serve as...
A thermal imaging camera can be a great addition to most integrators tool belts. These cameras allow you to visualize and analyze temperatures of mechanical and electrical equipment and quickly identify problem areas. While imaging cameras are not specifically designed for...
Valentin Software, producers of design and modeling software for the PV and solar thermal industries, released version 5.0 for its PV*Sol Expert program and 5.0 for T*Sol Pro. The PV*Sol revision introduces the ability to incorporate a digital image of the proposed array...
In an era where 1%-2% efficiency gains define an inverters competitiveness, utilizing a solar tracker can result in a whopping 20%–40% increase in kWh over a fixed-tilt system . Are trackers the best answer for large ground-mounted PV arrays?
Operations & Maintenance
Performance guarantees are widely used in the commercial solar industry, yet they are frequently misunderstood. A PV performance guarantee contract is the tool used to give the at-risk owner confidence that the system will perform as expected.
Low natural gas prices and lack of public awareness of solar thermal technologies are the two largest barriers to expansion of the US industry. The public profile can be improved with solar heating systems that are professionally commissioned.
In March 2006, Raghu Belur and former Cisco colleague Martin Fornage launched Enphase Energy. Since then, Enphase has proven the viability of microinverter-based PV systems and brought the benefits of module-level dc-to-ac conversion to the industry. An analysis of CSI data...
LoyaltyOne, owner and operator of the AIR MILES Reward Program, engaged RESCo Energy to design and build a solar system on a call center facility that was already under construction. The building’s core and shell were designed to LEED Silver requirements, and the interior...
SMA announced two new power classes for its utility-scale storage product line. Sunny Central Storage inverters are compatible with a range of battery technologies.
SolarBOS introduced its AC Combiner product family in September 2016 and has continued to refine and expand the line’s functionality and available options.
Design & Installation
The US solar market is far from monolithic, and this diversity calls for diverse business models. Given this situation, it is no surprise that solar companies take different approaches to engineering services. For this article, we reached out to engineering service...
Yaskawa–Solectria Solar, the largest commercial inverter manufacturer in the US, has introduced two new made-in-America string inverter lines, the XGI 1000 and XGI 1500.