Software

Hardware Brief: 26.5¢/W modules, new silicon carbide inverters, dual axis tracker 4 year ROI, drones!!

Modules and inverters and trackers, oh my! PV InfoLink sees as low as 21¢/W modules on the spot market, Kaco has released a series of 1000V and 1500V inverters between 87 and 150 kW, Mechatron’s dual axis tracker took the place of a carport, and Drone Magnetic Survey Company has figured out that there’s a niche finding old wells and metal under solar fields!

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.

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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Hardware brief: Minimalist racking, optimized car charging, a 10 GWh/year battery factory & more!

Got new hardware tips? Send them to USA-Editors@pv-magazine.com. Mono-PERC module pricing is still nudging downward, Energy Toolbase has integrated Chint energy storage solutions into its software, and Jinko has a new module.

Pittsburgh International Airport installs microgrid, Illinois receives first ComEd community solar rebate: pvMB 10/21/19

Hello all and welcome to the first pvMB of the week, today we’ve got Hammond Power’s website redesign, Power MI launched and more!

FERC looks at potential cyberattacks on dispersed grid assets

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has agreed to evaluate the potential risk of a coordinated cyberattack on geographically distributed targets on the electric grid, as recommended by the U.S. General Accounting Office. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation has pushed back.

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Hardware brief: 300hrs/MW install time, multicrystalline pricing at “historical” lows, power tools, more!

These are our tools, our advanced use of them sets us apart from the animals – so be good to your tools! Foen PV makes beautiful steel – some of it for solar, an earthquake caused a gas plant explosion, and Sensehawk is tying together many tasks via AI.

Vertically integrated advanced energy manufacturing from SolarEdge

pv magazine USA sat down with VP of Marketing & Product Strategy Lior Handelsman at Solar Power International 2019 in Salt Lake City to get the full scope of what SolarEdge is up to.

You too can model solar, wind and storage deployment

NREL has made its capacity planning model freely available for anyone to use. The model can optimize the amounts of solar, wind and storage to be added to the U.S. electric grid. Documentation is included, but a powerful computer and additional software are required.

Tesla is selling commercial solar as cheap as $1.01/W

The new tool launched for C&I solar customers is yet another example of Tesla being able to drive down system prices by ditching traditional sales models and customer acquisition costs.

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