Aug 312015
 
Verengo Solar celebrated its ongoing partnership with Grid Alternatives Greater Los Angeles (GLA) at the recent ceremonies marking GLA's new LA Solar Program and its new warehouse headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Since 2007 GLA has done over 900 installs of solar electric systems for low-income families in Southern California. This year, with the April launch of GLA's LA Solar Program, more than twenty families living in underserved communities in the city of Los Angeles have now...
Aug 312015
 
Verengo Solar celebrated its ongoing partnership with Grid Alternatives Greater Los Angeles (GLA) at the recent ceremonies marking GLA's new LA Solar Program and its new warehouse headquarters in downtown Los Angeles. Since 2007 GLA has done over 900 installs of solar electric systems for low-income families in Southern California. This year, with the April launch of GLA's LA Solar Program, more than twenty families living in underserved communities in the city of Los Angeles have now...
Aug 282015
 
The Spanish firm Grupo Clavijo, a specialist in photovoltaic solar structures and trackers, will be present at Solar Power International 2015 (Anaheim, California, US) to introduce its new single-axis tracker (SP160), the work of its R&D&I team. The SP160 tracker represents the optimization of Grupo Clavijo's single-row tracking technology. While maintaining an excellent quality of the materials, the company reports that the innovative new design has improved a number of key...
Aug 272015
 
Colorado solar industry leaders commended today's decision by the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to leave net metering policy unchanged, calling it a "fair outcome" for the state's consumers, utilities and solar industry.  In oral deliberations, PUC Chairman Joshua Epel and Commissioner Pam Patton agreed there is no need to change the key policy that provides those who choose to install solar on their rooftops retail credit for the energy they produce. While a written...
Aug 272015
 
In support of President Obama’s commitment to a clean energy workforce, the Energy Department today announced for the first time that up to $2 million in prize money will be awarded to collegiate teams selected to compete in the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. Colleges, universities, and other post-secondary educational institutions are welcome to submit proposals, which are reviewed, scored, and ranked based on a merit review process. Student teams bidding to compete...
Aug 272015
 
Sharp Electronics Corporation’s Energy Systems and Services Group announced the integration of Energy Toolbase as its software platform of choice for accurately calculating peak demand savings for SmartStorage energy storage system installations. Sharp is the first to integrate its proprietary SmartStorage operating algorithms with Energy Toolbase’s optimization tools to quickly generate SmartStorage specific proposals. Users can determine the dollar savings of SmartStorage...
Aug 262015
 
In 2012, Super-Storm Sandy showed that new models for housing that meet the needs of a high-density urban environment are desperately needed. A team of approximately 60 New York City College of Technology "City Tech" students is contributing their solution in a net-zero energy model home, as part of the US Department of Energy's 2015 Solar Decathlon international competition. The model home—built on a donated site at the Brooklyn Navy Yard—will be shipped to...
Aug 252015
 
The performance of electronic devices and solar cells highly depends on the thin film morphology. Previously, however, scientists understood little about how to control this morphology.  That is why you may see very high performance in lab-scale samples that cannot be replicated in commercial-scale manufacturing processes. As a result, commercially coated devices show drastically lower performance than their prototypes produced in a lab environment.  In making all-plastic solar...
Aug 252015
 
Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC) today announced that TSMC Solar, its 100% owned subsidiary, will cease manufacturing operations at the end of August 2015 as TSMC believes that its solar business is no longer economically sustainable. TSMC will continue to honor all product warranties that have been offered to existing customers, and will also extend employment offers to all employees currently working at TSMC Solar in Taiwan upon the closure of its fab, located at...
Aug 252015
 
Array Technologies, Inc. (ATI) prepares to showcase its recently launched tracking system, DuraTrack HZ v3, at Solar Power International in Anaheim, California (US) this September. The 1,500 square feet at booth 4905 will house the newest evolution in solar tracking design. Guests will learn about ground-breaking features that allow the DuraTrack HZ v3 to provide what ATI calls the lowest levelized cost of electricity (LCOE) in the industry. From the highest module density in the business...