TAG: Photovoltaic panels

Freestanding Solar Canopy Offers Shade and Power

Freestanding Solar Canopy Offers Shade and Power

Generating solar power with an array of solar panels on the roof or as a pole-mounted array could be a boon in many different situations, but being able to get solar electricity while complementing, not competing with, the existing architecture can be a challenge. However, if there was a way of installing solar power systems without major construction or disrupting the visual appeal of a location, we may see wider adoption of this clean energy option. And with the introduction of NRG’s Solar Canopy, that just got a lot easier. “We designed the solar canopy to complement a full-scale solar… read more

LA Launches Largest Rooftop Solar Tariff Program in U.S.

LA Launches Largest Rooftop Solar Tariff Program in U.S.

The city of Los Angeles just launched the nation’s largest rooftop solar feed-in tariff program, which will help many building owners to install solar power systems on their buildings and sell the electricity back to the grid. The Feed-in Tariff (FiT) program was kicked off by switching on the first rooftop solar installation to feed into the LA grid, a PV system on the top of Oxnard Plaza Apartments in North Hollywood, which is expected to produce 142,000 kWh of solar power per year. “Today, we took a major step forward in creating a clean energy future for Los Angeles… read more

Robots Cut Solar PV Installation Time in Half

Robotic Installation Cuts PV Installation Time in Half

Building a huge utility-scale solar farm that has thousands upon thousands of panels that all need to be transported and mounted and wired is an incredibly labor- and time-intensive affair. But there is another way, and it calls for robots. According to Alion Energy, by using robotic installation technologies, utility-scale solar PV plants can be built two times faster than with conventional techniques, while also requiring 75% less labor. The company’s approach uses extruded concrete rails as a combination mounting rack and cable trench, to which the Alion’s robotic installation vehicle, ROVER, attaches the PV panels, which are then secured… read more

New Solar Technology Goes Beyond The Panel

New Solar Technology Goes Beyond The Panel

Solar energy gadgets are all the rage, but a new solar product is in the house. Or on the house, or the car – and possibly on fabrics, among other things. One company based in France is setting the solar bar a bit higher. Sunpartner Group, an award winning, sustainably minded business is looking into a way to integrate solar power in everyday items and structures. Their innovative brainchild called Wysips®, which stands for ‘what you see is photovoltaic surface’- is a solar technology in development that is certain to weave its way into future designs. Extensive research on how… read more

Solar Made Simple

Photovoltaic Panels

The photoelectric effect occurs when a compatible object exposed to a light source absorbs the light and then generates minute electrical currents. Initially discovered in 1839 by French physicist Edmund Bequerel, Albert Einstein defined this relationship and the basis of photovoltaic design. Bell Laboratories built the first solar unit in 1954, but utilizing the information on a larger scale was not introduced in the U.S. until the 1960’s where it surfaced in the space program arena. It became increasingly popular as an efficient energy source in the 1970’s when other power sources were unstable. Solar panels are progressively becoming utilized… read more