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Assessing the area intensity of PV

Solar is wrongly perceived by some people to be an area-intensive energy generation technology requiring much more space than conventional fossil-fuel power plants.

How installers can communicate the benefits of ESS to customers

Five tips to help your customers make informed decisions about adding energy storage to their homes.

The four main bottlenecks of developing small-scale utility solar in California 

The CPUC, California legislature and other authorities having jurisdiction must address these issues or risk constraining jobs, CO2 mitigation, and clean energy deployment.  


Solving the battery supply chain’s structural deficit

Greg Pitt, vice president of battery materials, Worley offers his vision to address the battery supply chain’s structural deficit by expanding U.S. production in new and creative ways.

Considerations for a successful financial analysis and solar module purchase

Do the lowest-cost modules always deliver the highest project value?

How NEM 3.0 could change California’s clean energy landscape  

NEM 3.0 takes effect on April 15. For customers who don’t qualify, or don’t get an application submitted in time, developers need to be ready to implement more solar and storage projects down the line.


North America’s bid to onshore rare earth supply

With electric vehicle (EV) adoption set to turbocharge demand for rare earth elements in Canada and in the United States this decade, attempts are being made to loosen the region’s dependence on China for the sourcing and processing of such critically important energy transition materials.

Important code requirements and recent developments for PV systems

The requirements for distributed energy resources (DERs) are rapidly evolving, including those for DERs using solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. This second installment in a series on evolving standards details the code and additional safety requirements for the connection of direct current PV circuits to inverters.

The extended value and growing importance of community solar

Community solar is a viable path to bill savings for those who aren’t able to install rooftop solar, reports Sarah Moon, senior director of community solar origination at DSD Renewables.


Maximizing resilience and benefits of distributed energy resources

There are many capabilities that must be developed and implemented to tap the full potential of grid edge resources, but experience has demonstrated the benefits of moving forward collaboratively and with the guidance of research-based and field-tested insights.  


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