Jul 262018
 
Taking longer-term trends into account, a new report from the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) argues that — a drop in megawatts notwithstanding — the U.S. solar market did not contract last year. Rather, the 2018 Utility Solar Market Snapshot sees 2016’s growth spike as an outlier in the industry’s decade-long pattern of steady, continuing expansion. “The expected sunsetting of the federal investment tax credit — which happily did not occur...
Jul 252018
 
Singapore has positioned itself as knowledge hub for floating PV. The city-state’s Housing and Developing Board HDB), the leading agency spearheading solar initiatives and accelerating solar adoption in Singapore, is presently researching the sea as a potential space for floating photovoltaics.  Singapore has already launched the world’s largest floating PV testbed on Tengeh Reservoir in Tuas, with a total installed capacity of around 1 mwp. The testbed aims to study the...
Jul 252018
 
APA Solar Racking offers a concrete free design for solar ballasts.   APA’s Geoballast Foundation was developed after years of installing ballasted solar projects. The use of wet concrete has many hidden extra steps that it can increase man-hours. APA took the idea of a standard Gabion Basket and transformed that idea into a new ballasted solution. The Geoballast was soft launched in late 2017.  With multiple projects underway, APA reports that its customers have improved...
Jul 252018
 
Dynapower, a specialist in power electronics for energy storage, received the 2018 Electrical Energy Storage (ees) Innovation Award for its DPS-375 DC-DC converter. The innovative DPS line of DC-DC converters significantly reduces the cost to couple battery energy storage with utility-scale solar plants. Dynapower’s DPS technology increases energy production and revenue of utility-scale solar projects. Energy storage systems are an essential pillar to integrating additional renewable...
Jul 252018
 
Kyocera Corporation and Tokyo Century Corporation announced that Kyocera TCL Solar LLC has completed construction of a 28 megawatt (MW) utility-scale solar power plant in the town of Taiwa, Kurokawa District, Miyagi Prefecture, Japan. The company developed this 28MW solar power plant in collaboration with Tokyo-based Tsuboi Corporation and started operations in late June 2018. This is the company’s first solar power plant in Miyagi Prefecture and its second largest solar power plant...
Jul 252018
 
Tigo, known for its smart modular Flex MLPE platform, released its new Mesh communication architecture. This wireless technology directly translates to customer benefits – including simplifying the solar design process and accelerating the commissioning steps. The complete Tigo solution uses a simple yet powerful data collection technology that covers the widest ranges of residential & commercial installations at the lowest cost. With Mesh and the recently...
Jul 242018
 
The heat wave is over, the numbers are in, and Green Mountain Power’s innovative network of Tesla Powerwall batteries in customers’ homes, and larger community storage with solar installations, helped GMP cut carbon and costs for customers. GMP leveraged stored energy to accomplish the equivalent of taking 5,000 homes off the grid, creating savings for customers that could reach $500,000. “This is a game changer. We’re thrilled that our work to be on the edge of...
Jul 242018
 
Flexible in its design and able to scale up to a capacity of PCS 500kW/ESS 2MWh, Delta's BESS provides an ideal solution for various power, capacity and cycle life needs. Developed for outdoor applications, the system is rugged and durable, with a compact and modular skid-mounted design based on industry standards for cabinet solutions. The format ensures that this investment is protected against harsh environmental conditions and continues to operate at maximum performance even in extreme...
Jul 242018
 
Faith Technologies, a specialist in electrical planning, engineering, design and installation, in partnership with Excellerate Manufacturing, is unveiling a state-of-the-art, clean-energy mobile microgrid at this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Faith Technologies is an industry leader in microgrid energy solutions and recently unveiled one of the country’s most comprehensive microgrids at the Gordon Bubolz Nature Preserve in Appleton, Wisconsin, demonstrating...
Jul 242018
 
Octopus, the UK’s largest investor in onshore renewables, has recorded the highest level of generational output from its UK portfolio of commercial PV arrays this week following the UK’s recent spell of hot sunny weather. In the last 30 days (to July 22nd), the Octopus portfolio generated 155 GWh of solar energy, 19% above the forecasted outturn. The amount generated was enough to power 50,000 UK homes for a whole year (1). Matt Setchell, Head of Octopus’ Energy...