electricity

Solar energy rolls out like a carpet with groundbreaking Roll-Array photovoltaics

Solar power is easier to install than ever before thanks to the latest innovation: the Roll-Array. John Hingley and his team at the renewable energy company Renovagen designed a high power PV array…

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5 steps to a sustainable, energy-efficient home

For the 21st-century home, building with environmental sustainability in mind is a must. A sustainable, energy-efficient home makes the most effective use of building materials and natural energy….

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Solar software can save the world.

VCs have avoided solar deals ever since Solyndra became a four-letter word. But while their attention has strayed, the industry has been on a tear. In 2010, U.S. solar installers hit a milestone of 1…

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Michigan State looks to the sun to solve Earth’s biggest problems.

The brilliant star at the center of our solar system still has untapped potential. By finding new ways to harness power from the sun, scientists could turn windows of skyscrapers into solar panels…

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Wiring Systems & the NEC

The methods for wiring PV systems are relatively well-defined in the National Electrical Code (NEC) acceptable methods are covered in Part IV in Article 690. This Code CornerÂť covers the first…

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From trash dump to power station: how a N.J. utility captured the sun

One day later this month, Public Service Electric and Gas customers throughout New Jersey will plug in the holiday lights and they’ll flicker on with electricity generated at an old landfill in South…

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The future of residential solar power

Electric cars, the hyperloop, space travel: Tesla’s Elon Musk, master of futuristic technologies, always has a plan. But speculation about the company’s recent $2.8 billion purchase of SolarCity, the…

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Bifacial Solar Panels

San Diego, Calif. — Bifacial PV modules have been in the market for some time, but with limited usage. The BIPV applications such as awnings and canopies have been a niche market for bifacial PV…

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Solar roof Solar shingles and tiles

Elon Musk recently talked about a new product that might be coming out of SolarCity’s Buffalo factory soon: It’s a solar roof as opposed to a module on a roof. I think, this is really a fundamental…

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Green buildings will have to go beyond conserving energy

Buildings designed by Norwegian architecture firm Snøhetta often look like the mountain peak for which the company is named. Snøhetta’s designs are simple, stark, and by all accounts breathtaking. …

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