Oct 192018
 
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced its Solar Decathlon student competition to challenge collegiate teams to design and build high-performance, energy-efficient buildings. The winners of the competition, which spans 2019 and 2020, are the teams that best blend design excellence with smart energy efficiency and renewable energy production. Teams interested in participating must submit an application and $100 application fee by November 6, 2018, at 5...
Oct 182018
 
The Berlin-based company Valentin Software, which is well-known for its worldwide industry solutions, has adapted its market-leading design programs for photovoltaic systems, PV*SOL and PV*SOL premium, to the latest technical developments for 2019 and expanded them for the latest applications. Valentin Software already presented its new products to the public in June 2018 at the world's leading trade fair Intersolar Europe in Munich. With the new versions, system designers and operators...
Oct 172018
 
Approximately 185 m² of Heliatek's organic photovoltaic films were installed on the façade of a warehouse of the Duisburger Hafen AG in August. It is a sub-project within the cooperation agreement "Drehkreuz Energiewende", which was established between the Duisburger Hafen AG and the energy company innogy in 2016. The trial installation has 192, three metre long HeliaSol film panels, making it the largest facade installation to date with organic photovoltaics (OPV)....
Oct 152018
 
Known throughout the industry as the must-have guide for solar tax and finance issues, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) is now releasing Version 9.0, the first comprehensive update of the SEIA Solar Tax Manual since 2016. Among several updates, the new guide incorporates the commence construction guidance issued by the IRS earlier this year and includes the effects of the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” enacted at the end of 2017. “Given all of the recent changes,...
Oct 122018
 
Infrared Testing, Inc. (ITI) is pairing its thermal imaging expertise with cutting-edge drone technology to identify issues affecting the performance of solar energy systems. Drones equipped with infrared cameras are revolutionizing how solar systems are inspected and maintained.  ITI’s custom drones capture detailed imagery/data in order to identify, classify and localize each anomaly, and understand the impact of its performance on the system. Pinpointing issues such as the...
Oct 092018
 
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has released an updated Installation Best Practices Guide for Residential Portfolios, a vital document for all parties involved in a solar transaction. The white paper, developed by members of SEIA’s Solar Quality Assurance Working Group, provides recommended best practices on everything from contractor qualifications to the design and actual installation of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. “As an industry, it’s important...
Oct 082018
 
Students from the Bochum University of Applied Sciences in Germany have been building solar cars since 1999. They are facing their most complex design challenge yet in creating a vehicle to race in the World Solar Challenge in 2019. The 16-student team is seeking to establish a Guinness World Record in a 224-mile jaunt in the Simpson Desert in Australia. The record time for the journey from Purni Bore to Birdsville is 4 days, 21 hours and 23 minutes, and was set in 2017. The students are...