For International O&M Success: Think Global, Act Local
By Cyrille Godinot
Customers have widely different expectations for levels of service and the willingness to pay for them.
Global Solar Installations Continue Growing Despite Recent Headwinds
By Raj Prabhu
Government policies continue to be the primary drivers of new photovoltaic capacity around the world.
Northeast Solar Policy
The Time Is Now For A Northeast Solar Policy
By Mike Trahan & Karl R. Rabago
Solar business and policy leaders in the northeastern U.S. have joined forces to bring coherence and sustainability to solar markets in the region.
Controlling Networks Of Microgrids Over The Industrial Internet
By Lynne Canavan
The application of existing technologies to energy distribution will enable real-time control of renewable energy sources.
New & Noteworthy
Where Is Solar Financing Headed?
Biden Extols Federal Solar Policies At SPI
Products & Technology
Online Tool Helps Track Solar Permitting Compliance
Projects & Contracts
Toledo Zoo Marks First Year With 2 MW Array
All Revved Up
Civil Engineering Gives Solar Projects A Firm Foundation
By Jeff Hill
From site preparation to conservation and interconnection, a well-planned civil engineering effort helps move projects forward.
Scaling Down Utility Solar
By Aaron Halimi
Solar companies need to learn how to modify project designs to meet new market opportunities.
State Solar Policies
Trendsetters And Bellwethers: How States Are Shaping Solar’s Future
By Sara Baldwin Auck
State policies are creating many laboratories for solar, but some federal leadership is still required.
Solar Site Security
Who’s Minding The Plant?
By Michael Puttré
O&M providers differ on the importance of providing site security for PV facilities.
Proof Of Concept: Community Solar Is Ready To Soar Despite Complications
By Sara E. Bergan & Andrew P. Moratzka
Minnesota’s turmoil over solar gardens provides a laboratory for handling similar efforts across the U.S.
DOE Seeks To Improve Forecasting
EPA Clean Power Plan Increases Importance Of Wind And Solar
Companies Work On PV For Greenhouses
Connecticut Church Sees The Sunlight
Mounting And Tracker Firms Have Project Knowledge To Share
By Michael Puttré
Equipment suppliers are a ready source of practical experience for developers and installers.
PV Development In Egypt
Egypt Stands Out As An Attractive PV Development Market In A Difficult Region
By Alex Jost
Experience and recent reforms have made Egypt a standout in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Residential Inverter Testing
Inverter Benchmarking Results In Smarter Residential Inverter Solutions
By Michael Mills-Price
PV system stakeholders need validated information beyond the product data sheets.
PV Fire Testing Standards
Manufacturers Must Get Ready For New PV Fire Testing Standards
By Sunny Rai & Greg Allen
Real-world failures and unanticipated effects from fires have spurred revisions to ANSI/UL 1703.
Silicor Materials Forges Deals To Make Iceland A Link In The Solar Supply Chain
New York Looks To Well-Tuned Incentives To Sustain Solar Growth
Solar Manufacturers Spotlight New Products For SPI 2015
ecoSolargy Delivers 126 kW Commercial Rooftop System In Diamond Bar, Calif.
State & Local Policy
Vermont’s Valuation Policies For Solar Energy Plants Could Be A Model For Other U.S. States
By David K. Burton & Richard T. Page
Taxpayers should be aware of changes in the state’s 2015 tax law, much of which is praiseworthy.
End-Of-Life PV Recovery
Act Now To Handle The Coming Wave Of Toxic PV Waste
By Dustin Mulvaney
Although PV generation is enjoying a boom, end-of-life PV materials will weigh heavily on industry, communities and the environment.
Get Ready For The Great Solar Construction Squeeze
By Jesse Tippett
Book your deals now, and reach out to your service and equipment suppliers before you get left in the dust.
Migratory Bird Policy Casts Shadow Over Large-Scale Solar
By Svend Brandt-Erichsen & Andrew C. Bell
The U.S. government’s proposed “incidental take” rule covering over a thousand species could affect solar projects in many regions.
PV Monitoring Systems Provide Actionable Intelligence
Across the board, stakeholders - from field service personnel to asset managers - are turning to advanced analytics to help improve plant performance.
Conergy And Demeter Bring Third-Party Ownership To PACE
N.C.’s Legislative Wrangles Over Solar Highlight Role Of States
Renusol Says The Time Is Right For East-West Mounting
EnterSolar Builds C&I Success With The Help Of C-PACE Backing
Marketplace: Solar Carports
Solar Canopies Turn Parking Lots Into Power Plants With Benefits
Cost reductions and customer awareness have made solar carports one of the hottest market segments.
Industry At Large: Federal Solar Siting Rules
Feds Ready To Change Renewables Permitting For Public Lands
By Andrew C. Bell
The BLM is about to change the way it permits solar and wind projects for the next 20 years.
Industry At Large: Grid-Connected Storage
Deploy Grid Energy Storage Using Best Practices From Existing Installations
By Chris Thompson
Designers should always keep the “three Ps”of performance, pricing and packaging in mind.
Industry At Large: Optimizing Inverter Placement
Maximize Solar PV Power Generation By Optimizing Inverter Location
By Foad Alvandi
Designers can use the location of combiner boxes to place a central inverter and minimize loss.
Distributed Microgrids Get Real-Time Touch
Xcel And Developers Clash On Gardens
ATI Ships New DuraTrack Tracker
Toyota Supplies Batteries For Yellowstone Hybrid
Industry At Large: Solar Housing Developments
Denver Authority Lets Solar Shine On Affordable Housing
By Victoria Mills
City authority opens up solar benefits to low-income families through a program of retrofits and new builds.
Industry At Large: Installer Soft Costs
It’s Getting Harder For Installers To Duck Solar Soft Costs
By Mark Durrenberger
Despite publicized efforts, a growing flock of costs is nibbling away at profits and the health of the industry.
Industry At Large: Solar For Home Builders
Solar-Ready Homes Are Lean, Green And Seen
By Erin Clark
Regulations, incentives and home buyers are pushing builders to incorporate solar as a standard feature.
Industry At Large: Deploying Distributed Energy Storage
States Need To Move Now To Prepare For Distributed Energy Storage
By Sky Stanfield
Growing solar and wind generation are already affecting the grid, and authorities must get out in front to pave the way.
Marketplace: Solar Smartphone Apps
Solar Smartphone Apps Are Joining The Installer’s Toolbox
The smartphone is becoming a toolbox to help developers, installers and customers interact with solar projects.
Mercom Capital Forecasts Big Year For Solar
Storage Is Key To New York’s REV
Renusol Introduces Rail-Free Vertical Mounting
NEXTracker Supplies 16 MW Commercial Solar Project In Mexico
Marketplace: Rooftop Mounting & Racking
Mounting And Racking Designs Make Life Easier Up On The Roof
Suppliers of solar’s supporting infrastructure work to turn installer experience into better engineered parts, tools and assemblies.
Industry At Large: Solar Permitting
Standard Solar Permitting Is The Industry’s Next Breakthrough
By Andrew Savage
With equipment prices and the cost of capital down, reducing soft costs represents an important opportunity.
Industry At Large: Distributed Energy
Easing The Transition To A More Distributed Electricity System
By Erica Schroeder McConnell
The changing roles of consumers, utilities and regulators are setting the stage for solar to play a more significant role on the grid.
Industry At Large: Massachusetts Solar Incentives
Massachusetts’ SREC II Program Is Worth Preserving And Expanding
By Jesse Grossman
There are good reasons for keeping the highly successful incentive program going strong.
First Solar And SunPower Yieldco Breaks The Mold
Federal Energy Subsidies Falling
Natcore Makes Laser-Processed HIT Cell
Nexamp Wrangles Largest Mass. Managed Growth Project For 2014
Industry At Large: Community Solar Gardens
Community Solar Programs Open New Doors For Developers And Consumers
By Michael PuttrÃ©
Community gardens are widening access to solar while attracting new capital into the sector.
Industry At Large: Federal Policy
Petroleum And Solar Usher In A New Era Of Cooperation On Energy Policy
By Neil Z. Auerbach
Industry groups representing oil and renewables are now working together.
Marketplace: PV Modules
DNV GL Takes On Module Degradation In Lab And Field
By Michael PuttrÃ©
A year after acquiring PV Evolution Labs, the testing and certification firm says PV module research is picking up.
Industry At Large: PV manufacturing
State And Local Governments Vie To Attract A New Industrial Base
Regions hope to revitalize dormant manufacturing and leverage educational and research institutions.
Oil Prices Won’t Hurt Solar
DOE SunShot Repositions Grant Program
Haldeman Ford Dealership And e2/ECTA Install 310 kW Rooftop PV System In N.J.
Industry At Large: Utility Solar Hybrid Plants
FPL Generates Electricity And Experience At Martin Hybrid Solar Facility
The world’s first solar-natural gas hybrid power plant withstands hurricanes and skepticism.
Marketplace: Commercial-Scale Inverters
String Inverters Are Inching Their Way Into Larger C&I Installations
Rooftops, in particular, are opening up as an increasingly important market.
Industry At Large: Solar Tariffs
Managing The Ups And Downs Of Solar Tariffs Requires Agile Thinking And Deep Pockets
Rates are not set in stone - every step of an ITC review is an opportunity for stakeholders to change the game if they can work out what variables are in play.
Industry At Large: Project Management
Borrego Solar Looks To Project Management To Keep Its PV Pipeline Moving
The more risk a developer assumes, the more work it needs to do up front.
U.S. Solar Jobs Have Grown 86% In Four Years
Community Solar Creates Buzz
Firms Partner On CPV And Microgrids
EnterSolar Completes 1.6 MW Rooftop For Long Island Distributor
Marketplace: Commercial & Industrial Rooftop Solar
Commercial Rooftop Success: A Little Ballast And A Lot Of Business Sense
By Peyton Boswell & Joe Stofega
C&I solar developers must overcome many technical and financial challenges to gain and keep a foothold.
Industry At Large: Managing Solar Glare
Assessing Solar PV Glare In Dense Residential Neighborhoods
By Roger D. Colton
Concerns about the impact of solar glare on surrounding properties can be dispelled with thorough analysis and documentation.
Industry At Large: Analytics For Energy Markets
Analytics And Big Data Are Changing The Energy Market Map
Software developed for grid operators, asset managers and customer service can help integrate solar more effectively.
Industry At Large: Transmission And Distribution Operators
Energy Planners Edge Toward A New Model Distribution Service Layer For DG Solar
In their role as distributed resource operators, utilities would maintain the infrastructure for a marketplace of services.
Interests Challenge Co-op Solar Procurement
Wisconsin Solar ‘Devastated’ By PSC
Partnership Records 46% Conversion Efficiency
Solect Completes 210 kW Commercial Rooftop With Room To Grow