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This current awareness service is prepared by the WSU Energy Program Library with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy State Energy Program. This information is provided for energy professionals and interested members of the public to highlight recent energy-related news, articles, and reports that discuss energy efficiency, energy conservation, and renewable sources of energy in engineering and policy circles.

 

Category: Solar

Solar


Reducing Costs of Residential Solar PV: Through Module & Hardware Innovations

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Tom Hood & Sicco W.T. Westra.
http://www.nacleanenergy.com/articles/18223/reducing-costs-of-residential-solar-pv-through-module-hardware-innovations

"To make life easier for solar system owners, several companies are working to lower BoS [Balance-of-System] costs and simplify racking designs and installation efficiencies. For instance, cost-competitive, roof-mounting brackets are one option now available to installers that can accommodate different types of rail supports for solar modules. Support rails with built-in wire clips are another example of a simplified BoS design, which lowers the cost of hardware and installation by five to ten percent."

How Solar Energy Trackers Stack Up: Evaluating Utility-Scale Success

North American Clean Energy, Jul/Aug 2014, by Jay Johnson.
http://www.exosun.net/images/download/press-articles/NACE_201407.pdf

"In terms of photovoltaic's (PVs), solar trackers--motorized structures that shift the position of modules--can significantly increase the production of utility-scale plants by optimizing the angle of incidence between a module and incoming solar rays."

Corrections Needed for PV Performance Blind Spots During Commissioning

Solar Industry, July 2014, by James Mokri & Joseph Cunningham.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_04_Corrections-Needed-For-PV-Performance-Blind-Spots-During-Commissioning.html

"If a photovoltaic system is commissioned according to industry standards, then it must be performing as expected, right? Not necessarily. PV industry standards for commissioning do not include performance testing.

NEC code and IEC 62446 mention nothing about performance testing. ASTM E2848-11 outlines a method of performance measurement during the commissioning stage, but it is not a complete, consistent, standardized method of measurement and metrics."

California's Wild Solar Ride Nears a Crossroads

Solar Industry, July 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1407/FEAT_02_California-s-Wild-Solar-Ride-Nears-A-Crossroads.html

"Policy direction and bipartisan support are needed as the solar sector approaches a critical juncture in 2016."

Could Solar Roadways Pave the Way to a Sustainable Energy Economy?

Green Builder, July 2014, by Christina Birchfield.
http://content.yudu.com/A2x2j8/GreenBuilderJuly2014/resources/8.htm

"The Solar Roadways crowd-sourced fundraising campaign has sparked the country's imagination."

Installer Productivity Booms [Solar]

Solar Today, Jul/Aug 2014, by Seth Masia.
http://solartoday.org/2014/06/installer-productivity-booms/

"Driven by better racking and grounding, more efficient modules and 'dense' sales strategies, labor productivity soared 253 percent in four years."

Solar Inverters Face the Demands of a New Day with More Functionality

Solar Industry, June 2014, by Michael Puttre.
http://www.solarindustrymag.com/issues/SI1406/FEAT_01_Solar-Inverters-Face-The-Demands-Of-A-New-Day-With-More-Functionality.html

"Cost competition and performance requirements are forcing inverter suppliers to get smart."

Elevator Uses Solar and Storage for Net-Zero Operation

Solar Today, May/Jun 2014, by Seth Masia.
http://www.omagdigital.com/publication/?m=23867&l=1&p=34

"The Swiss elevator manufacturer Schindler...now sells a net-zero solar elevator, using a solar array and battery bank to take the lift entirely out of the building's energy equation."

City of Manitou Springs [CO] Votes to be 100 Percent Powered by Solar

SunShare/Manitou Springs/Colorado Springs Utilities, Press Release, Apr. 24, 2014.
http://www.manitouspringsgov.com/library/documents/news/
SunShare_Press_Release.pdf


"Manitou Springs to be first city in the nation to use community solar for 100 percent of electric energy needs ."
"After a historic vote last week, the city of Manitou Springs signed a contract to provide up to 100 percent of its city facilities’ energy needs from community solar. The energy will be generated by nearly 3,000 solar panels in SunShare’s newest solar garden awarded by Colorado Springs Utilities last winter. SunShare’s newest 2 megawatt AC community solar garden, the largest in the United States, will be under construction later this summer.
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The Year Energy Storage Hit Its Stride

Power Magazine, May 2014, by Thomas W. Overton.
http://www.powermag.com/the-year-energy-storage-hit-its-stride/

"After operating on the sidelines for years, the energy storage sector is finally poised to begin making its mark, driven by greater policy support and technological advances that have begun making new solutions economic."

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