O&M

Hardware brief: Tesla solar patents, RBI’s “Underground Surety”, solar+storage+SCADA, more!

Hey, when you see me at SPI in Salt Lake City – make sure to show me things to take a picture of so I can get it into the brief! Otherwise, enjoy your weekend and some gear: small scale solar from Morningstar’s SureSine, module pricing trending downward, more!

Making the connection: Fires & electrical balance of systems

Walmart’s allegation that some of the fires in the solar plants on the roofs of its stores were started by connectors echoes concerns the industry has had for some time. And the problems go far beyond one manufacturer or installer.

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Walmart accuses Tesla of gross negligence in fire lawsuit

The picture that Walmart is painting of Tesla/SolarCity installation and O&M practices in its lawsuit is not a pretty one.

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When disaster strikes

In this guest post George Irwin of ReNew Petra explains the essential role of skilled operations and maintenance teams in both preparation for and recovery from hurricanes.

Women in Power, solar cell pricing down, solar+bird+fire=bad: pvMB 6/28/19

The sun is up, summer is here and PG&E is still paying Topaz, LONGi is hiring in the Bay Area, and Common Energy is installing in today’s pvMB!

Ten American-Made Solar Prize ideas get $100,000, go to next round

NREL has announced finalists in its first round of seeking new solar technologies that have significant market potential.

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Rounding up solar O&M in the Lone Star State

PV Operations Dallas, April 16-17, will host a broad group of industry heavy weights to give you the ins and outs of solar power & energy storage O&M in Texas and the Southwest.

This one weird trick gets 4 percent more from solar panels

MoreSun, after an investment from Energy Innovation Capital, will begin full-scale commercial deployment. The solar module film projects a 3.4 to 4.7 percent increase in electricity production on utility scale solar projects after application.

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On the floor in picture form at Solar Power Northeast

While the Super Bowl victory parade rolled by, solar energy professionals shook hands, shared stories, made deals and visited more than 80 industry exhibitions on the floor in Boston, Massachusetts.

pvMB: The Clean Energy Access Act of 2019 in SC, sheep+solar in Arizona, power sector emissions are up and more!

In today’s pv magazine USA morning brief, Duke Energy’s 74.9MWac Hamilton Solar Power Plant has opened in Florida, gas spiked U.S. electricity-related emissions in 2018, and South Carolina is moving forward with its first piece of aggressive pro-solar legislation.

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