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Solar Power Helps Deliver Disaster Relief From The Sea

SI Staff
Written by Michael Puttre on February 12, 2014

Ray Thackeray founded the International Rescue Group (IRG) as a charitable organization to deliver relief supplies and disaster response to coastal communities. Based in Alameda, Calif., the IRG stages its growing fleet of vessels from several North American ports, embarking [Read More]

As North Carolina Steps Up For Solar, Controversy Follows

Written by Nora Caley on February 05, 2014

North Carolina looks like a great place for solar right now. According to NPD Solarbuzz, the state ranked second behind California in new solar photovoltaic capacity last year. North Carolina jumped ahead of Arizona – now in third place – [Read More]

New Online Tool Helps Cure The Solar Siting Blues

Written by Nora Caley on January 29, 2014

The siting of solar power projects, particularly the massive photovoltaic and concentrating solar power facilities blooming in the West, draws intense scrutiny from environmental organizations. Last year, the Calico solar project was scratched in large part due to opposition from [Read More]

Solar Power Adds A Premium To A Home’s Resale Value

Written by Nora Caley on January 15, 2014

Residential real estate professionals know that amenities such as a renovated kitchen or a new bathroom can increase the resale value of a home. New research from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory indicates that a rooftop photovoltaic system can also [Read More]

NREL Plays Matchmaker For Solar Start-Ups Seeking Capital

Written by Nora Caley on January 08, 2014

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is known for its research in clean energy, but the entity also has been working as a matchmaker. In December, NREL's Industry Growth Forum brought together 400 representatives from energy [Read More]

SCADA Optimizes Solar PV Energy Generation And Performance

Written by Lino Picheo & Emmanuel Ecochard on December 18, 2013

When contemplating the use of a solar electric photovoltaic system, it is important to assess how much energy in theory the system can produce according to location, orientation and plant conversion efficiency. Employing a performance monitoring system is a must [Read More]

Using Distributed Architecture Inverters In Large-Scale Solar Arrays

Written by Peter Gerhardinger on December 11, 2013

In many applications, engineers and designers face a decision to specify one large-capacity unit, or multiple smaller units. It is the same with solar inverters. In a solar field application, the inverter is the most critical balance-of-system component. The inverter [Read More]

Drop A SREC Into The Collection Plate

Written by Nora Caley on December 05, 2013

When nonprofit organizations want the benefits of solar power, people in the community often want to help. But instead of asking for money and promising to use the donation to install solar panels, churches, cultural institutions, schools and other organizations [Read More]

Clean Energy Grows In Community Solar Gardens

Written by Nora Caley on November 20, 2013

Community solar is a relatively new option for consumers who want to participate in solar energy production but cannot install their own solar panels. The concept is comparable to a community garden, advocates say, in that people who don't have [Read More]

Why The Solar Sector Recovery Is No Bubble

Written by Nora Caley on November 13, 2013

Bloomberg recently reported that solar company stocks are rebounding at a faster rate than technology stocks did after the dot-com bust of the early 2000s. The BI Global Large Solar Energy Index, which consists of 15 publicly traded solar companies [Read More]