Solar Energy

DC-coupled energy storage systems ideal for real-time trading

By Andrew Tang, Vice President, Energy Storage and Optimization at Wärtsilä Energy With more opportunities to sell energy into new energy markets, energy developers are thinking creatively about wasted energy and harnessing greater efficiency. There are two important evolutions in energy storage technology that solar power producers are opting for when purchasing new systems: solar …

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Littelfuse releases 400PV Fuse series ideal for solar shingles

Littelfuse has announced its latest product, the 400PV Fuse series — a 2410 size, surface mount design (SMD) circuit protection component that offers low resistance for solar applications. The 400PV is specifically designed to address the latest trend in solar roofing by enabling PV shingles that integrate both the shingles with the PV cells while …

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Indiana Michigan Power constructs 20-MW solar array near University of Notre Dame

The St. Joseph Solar Farm, a 20-MW project developed by Indiana Michigan Power (I&M), a subsidiary of American Electric Power, has come online eight miles south of Notre Dame University’s campus in South Bend, Indiana. Notre Dame is closer to its sustainability goals by committing to support 40% of the system’s renewable energy certificates. After …

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Verogy to install 102.4-kW rooftop solar project for Barker Specialty Advertising

The Connecticut Green Bank announced that 55 Realty Drive in Cheshire, Connecticut, has closed on C-PACE financing for the installation of a rooftop solar PV system. The 26,458-sq. ft office building is home to six tenants, including Barker Specialty Advertising. “Barker Specialty is committed to help build a sustainable future for our community and planet. …

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URE, New Energy Equity complete 4.3-MW community solar portfolio in Minnesota

United Renewable Energy (URE) and New Energy Equity have completed three community solar projects in Minnesota. The projects, located in North Branch, Lindstrom, and Cokato, total more than 4.3 MW and are now available to subscribers. URE was responsible for the engineering, procurement, and construction on these projects. “We are focused on providing the safest, …

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The complexities of O&M for the commercial solar market

By Zoltan Milaskey, president, Mana Monitoring Whether it is preventative maintenance or the routine inspection and servicing of equipment, proper O&M is essential for ensuring solar PV systems remain at peak performance to avoid unnecessary breakdowns or production losses. O&M is particularly important in the commercial and industrial (C&I) space, as it faces unique challenges …

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The US solar workforce must quadruple to meet Biden’s clean energy goals

The U.S. solar industry employed 231,474 workers in 2020, a 6.7% drop from 2019 due to pandemic restrictions and increased labor productivity, according to the “National Solar Jobs Census 2020” released Thursday by the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), The Solar Foundation, the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and BW Research. The drop in jobs …

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DTE Energy completes 750-kW parking deck solar + storage project for Ford Motor Company

DTE Energy announced that it has commissioned a new solar array at the Ford Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn, Michigan. The 750-kW array is located on the rooftop level of the Deck 400 parking structure. The array includes an integrated battery storage system and will be used to power newly installed EV chargers. The …

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