pvMB 2/12/19: AceClamp’s response to patent infringement allegations, NEXTracker’s hiring spree… and more!


NEXTracker hiring wave – NEXTracker is on the lookout to fill 32 positions worldwide, as was announced yesterday. The company is hiring a systems performance engineer, sales analysts, a senior director of software, and has other spots to fill. Source: NEXTracker


Aceclamp responds to language of S-5!’s patent case release – “S5!’s Press Release of January 11, 2019, contained several statements that PMC Industries, Inc. feels are misleading and therefore feel compelled to set the record straight.” The full list of disputed allegations can be found here. Source: AceClamp


Researchers develop solar flag – Scientists at the University of Manchester have developed a flag that contains both piezoelectric strips and PV cells, allowing it to generate wind and solar power. The flags can power remote sensors and small-scale portable electronics and were developed with the idea that wind and solar can cover one anothers’ limitations, with wind generating during cloudy and stormy days and solar during sunny, mild days. Source: Energy Voice


Two previously-approved projects to be re-evaluated in Illinois – Two solar projects recently approved by the DeKalb County Planning and Zoning Committee are going back under the microscope, as the County Board has called for a special meeting to review the projects. Last month, the Committee approved the two 2 MW solar farms unanimously, but now there is worry over an apparent absence of  compromise between the developer, U.S. Solar, and affected neighbors. Source: The Daily Chronicle


University of Northern Iowa announces local group-buy program – In an offer that alleges an offset of 70% of the total cost of purchasing and installation, the University of Northern Iowa Center for Energy & Environmental Education has announced the launch of the Black Hawk County – Go Solar Group Buy Program. “The program is designed to provide businesses, farms and residents with educational seminars to inform and promote the cost-saving and sustainable benefits of solar technology and provide property owners the opportunity to invest in lower cost solar installations through a limited time county-wide volume-purchasing program.” For any readers in the Northern Iowa area, you can sign up for an information session here. Source: University of Northern Iowa


Enphase adds Cat M1 cellular connectivity to Home Energy Systems – Enphase has announced the launch of the company’s Cellmodem-M1, which allows users to stay connected to their system without a dedicated, grounded connection. This gives the system a better way to communicate home energy data from the Enphase Envoy communications gateway over long ranges at very low power. Source: Enphase

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