Solar panel wiring basics: An intro to how to string solar panels

By Ali McBride, Aurora Solar Solar panel wiring (also known as stringing), and how to string solar panels together, is a fundamental topic for any solar installer. It’s important to understand how different stringing configurations impact the voltage, current, and power of a solar array so you can select an appropriate inverter for the array… […]

California solar installer PermaCity acquired by Catalyze

Independent power producer Catalyze has acquired C&I developer and installer PermaCity. With a commitment to deliver more than 400 MW of projects within the next few years, PermaCity expands Catalyze’s project pipeline to more than 2 GW. Catalyze will use PermaCity’s proprietary rooftop solar panel mounting technology SolarStrap to deploy rooftop solar projects more quickly,… […]

First Solar Series 6 CuRe modules use less copper for low degradation rate

Cadmium telluride (CdTe) thin-film solar panel manufacturer First Solar has been developing a new solar module technology that uses less copper, which results in low module degradation rates. The Series 6 CuRe (named for “copper reduction”) module has a company warranted degradation rate of 0.2% per year. This ensures the module will retain at least… […]

Jack Daniel’s distillery orders 20 MW of solar power on the racks

Jack Daniel’s has partnered with the Tennessee Valley Authority, Duck River Electric Membership Corporation and Silicon Ranch to provide the Lynchburg distillery with 20 MW of solar energy. TVA signed a long-term power purchase agreement with Silicon Ranch to build, own and operate the solar facility just a few miles from the world-famous distillery in… […]

Tigo Files Additional Patent Infringement Claims Against APsystems

Tigo Energy Inc., a company that specializes in flexible module-level power electronics (MLPE), has filed a new lawsuit against Altenergy Power Systems (APsystems) – in addition to its current ongoing case.  The complaint includes four new patent infringement claims, as well as an additional claim from a patent asserted in the previously filed lawsuit. The […]

Talen, Pattern Energy Enter Joint Venture to Pursue Renewable Development

Talen Energy Corp., a power generation and infrastructure company, has entered into a joint venture (JV) with Pattern Energy Group LP, a privately owned developer and operator of wind, solar, transmission and energy storage projects. Named PT Energy Transitions, the JV aims to pursue the development, financing, construction and operation of approximately 1.4 GW of […]

NIPSCO, Capital Dynamics Sign Build Transfer Agreement for Indiana Solar Project

Northern Indiana Public Service Co. LLC (NIPSCO), a subsidiary of NiSource Inc., and the Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) business of Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, have signed a build transfer agreement (BTA) to bring 200 MW of solar energy to Indiana with the Elliot Solar project. “We are proud to partner […]

Tigo files additional lawsuit against APsystems alleging patent infringement

Tigo Energy has filed a new lawsuit against APsystems in addition to its current ongoing case. The complaint includes four new patent infringement claims, as well as an additional claim from a patent asserted in the previously filed lawsuit. The complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California.… […]

Oregon State University study finds flowers flourish underneath solar panels

A new study by Oregon State University researchers found that shade provided by solar panels increased the abundance of flowers under the panels and delayed the timing of their bloom, both findings that could aid the agricultural community. The study has implications for solar developers who manage the land under solar panels, as well as… […]

LinkedIn, Microsoft employees among those eligible to enroll in three Common Energy community solar projects

Community solar provider Common Energy has opened four solar projects for enrollment by employees of Microsoft, LinkedIn, Corning, Akamai Technologies and VMware. Through Common Energy’s Clean Energy Benefit Program, these companies’ employees can receive clean energy credits on their local electricity bills. “We are thrilled and honored to work with Microsoft, LinkedIn, Corning, Akamai and… […]