Monitoring

The Southeast has become a dual peaking region

The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy has made that determination after studying the annual maximum peaks for 22 different utility planning authorities over from 1998 to 2018.

Morning Brief: Longroad acquires 160 MW of First Solar projects, Glidepath Ventures sells 887.5 MW PV portfolio

Also in the brief: Pollinator-friendly solar projects in Virginia, register for the Energy Storage Grand Challenge and more.

Software can drastically improve the economics of commercial solar

Jigar Shah of Generate: “Load flexibility is the giant issue nobody is talking about…Extensible Energy’s load-flexibility software is a win-win for the solar contractor and the building owner. Building owners get a higher ROI and faster payback time, and the solar contractor can offer an easy-install demand charge solution with or without batteries.”

First half of 2019 saw sunlight down as much as 10%, grand solar minimum held off in second half

Clean Power Research saw solar generation shift downward from the norm as much as 10% in many U.S. locations in the first half of 2019.

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Installing residential solar and storage in Silicon Valley

“I kind of compliment PG&E because they’re our best marketing department when it comes to battery storage,” says Barry Cinnamon of Cinnamon Energy Systems in the first part of our interview.

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Hardware brief: modules at 30¢/W, Enphase selling direct, solar+water, more!

It’s Friday, and Friday is the day you get to see new gear! Ideal Energy has put out a great white paper on a solar+storage demand charge management project, 8minute Solar Energy talks up their advanced solar power plant software partners, and Northern Reliability Company shows off the beautiful energy storage gear they assemble.

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Finding America’s most solar city

Cape Analytics has published a report breaking down which cities in America are home to the most solar per capita. Not to spoil anything, but be prepared to see a whole lot of California.

♪ Just a spoonful of solar panel cleaning, helps the revenue go up – the revenue go up! ♪

Solar panel cleaning involves an analysis of cost versus gain, with a collection of system variables like system size, location, panel angle, local labor costs – and of course the potential gains driving annual cleaning events.

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More megawatts, more problems: solar power denial of service attack

sPower was on the receiving end of a cyberattack in March that caused Cisco firewalls to crash, limiting visibility of operations at multiple wind and solar power plants totaling up to 500 MW of capacity. No negative outcomes were observed, and the path to exploit this vulnerability has been patched.

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Navy engineer wants infrared scanning and disciplined data to stop solar fires

Lawrence Shaw says understanding solar module hotspots via infrared scans can help quell residential rooftop fire risks, while suggesting missing data represents missing work. Shaw also found the missing USA solar fire data.

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