Siemens Turbines Helping to Back Up 600 MW of Nebraska Solar Power

Siemens Energy is providing two SGT6-5000F turbines to power Omaha Public Power District’s (OPPD) new Turtle Creek Station peaking plant in Papillion, Neb., in order to back up the utility’s large-scale solar installations. Notably, the turbines offer the ability to run on up to 30% hydrogen and biodiesel, and they feature a fast start time […]

GAF Energy, Anbe Roofing Finish Largest Installation To Date

Roof-integrated solar products manufacturer GAF Energy says it has completed its largest residential solar roofing project: a 31 kW system installed by partner Anbe Roofing on a private home in Portola Valley, Calif. The system will produce 50,455 kWh of energy annually and save the homeowner an estimated $271,484 in electricity costs during the expected […]

Solar power production guarantees: What they are and why you need them

By Jon Franke, Aurora Solar Potential solar power customers are becoming more savvy every day. They do their research, get multiple estimates, and make sure they compare apples-to-apples with all those estimates. In a market like this, separating your offer from the others can be difficult. One strategy companies are turning to — and customers… […]

Module-Level Power Electronics (MLPE) for Solar Design: A Primer

By Gwen Brown, Aurora Solar Solar contractors face many decisions when it comes to finding the best solar design. One important consideration is determining whether to use module-level power electronics (microinverters or DC optimizers). Once costly specialty products, module-level power electronics (MLPE) have made great strides in the last decade and are rapidly growing in… […]

Sol Systems to install 5-MW solar project for New York town’s water authority

As part of a long-term goal to reduce energy expenses, New York’s Monroe County Water Authority (MCWA) announced plans to install a 5-MW solar energy array on its existing property at the corner of Penfield Rd. and Watson Hulbert Rd. in the Town of Penfield. Construction started this week and is expected to be completed… […]

Nevada solar installers give Secretary Granholm tour of Townsite Solar Facility

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) workers in Boulder City, Nevada, gave Secretary of Energy Jennifer M. Granholm and Congresswoman Susie Lee (D-NV) a demonstration of how solar panels are installed during a private tour of a Nevada construction site. The Energy Secretary and Congresswoman toured Arevon’s Townsite Solar Facility in Boulder City on June… […]

Soltec releases new tracker for modules in portrait orientation

Soltec today launched a new solar tracking system, SFOne, to the global market. The system allows for double rows in portrait orientation. SFOne includes Dy-Wind technology, a methodology for wind-resistant tracking structure success, and the optimization of the company’s Diffuse Booster system for low-light conditions. The SFOne is a structure of lower height, which will help… […]

Solar advocates protest utility net-metering proposals at California Public Utility Commission

Clean energy advocates, environmental groups, solar consumers and businesses — fresh off defeating AB 1139 in the state legislature — are fighting back against the continued big utility “profit grab” that aims to make rooftop solar more expensive, harm consumers and slow down California’s clean energy progress. They joined together at the California Public Utilities… […]