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Sep 18th 2014

Solar Concentrated Photovoltaic Electricity (CPV)

What is Solar Concentrated Photovoltaic Electricity? Concentrated Photovoltaic technology uses optics to focus large amounts of sunlight onto small photovoltaic surfaces with the help of an optical device to generate electricity more efficiently than traditional PV.  By concentrating sunlight onto a small area, this technology has three competitive advantages: •Requires less photovoltaic material to capture the same sunlight as non-concentrating PV. •Makes the use of high-efficiency multi-junction cells economically viable due to smaller photovoltaic area requirements. •The optical system comprises […] Read More »

Aug 26th 2014

Getting Smart with Smart Meters

Understanding Smart Meters Utility companies are rolling out smart meter technology across the country in an effort to bring the benefits of a modernized electric grid to consumers. But when you type “smart meters” into a search engine in an effort to learn more, you’ll get over 26 million results. It’s obvious that with that much access to pages and pages of information, it’s easy to have a misunderstanding of this technology which can lead to concerns. So let’s dive […] Read More »

Aug 15th 2014

How Solar Power Works: The Basics

Solar Power: Back to Basics Ahh, the sun. How we love that big power plant up in the sky…it’s filling the Earth with free energy.  Usually, when light hits an object the energy created from the light turns into heat, like the warmth you feel when you sit in the sun. But when light hits certain materials, the energy turns into electrical currents which we can use for power. But let’s take a closer look at how solar power works. Solar […] Read More »

Aug 7th 2014

Spread the Sunshine – Solar Power Crowdfunding

What is Solar Power Crowdfunding? Crowdfunding is by definition, “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet.” Each campaign is set for a goal amount of money and a fixed number of days. Once the project is launched, each day will be counted down and the money raised will be tallied up for visitors to follow its success. Instead of traditional investors, crowdfunding […] Read More »

Jul 28th 2014

The Solar Advantage – Solar Power in a Mall or Shopping Center

5 Reasons Retail Shopping Centers Should Invest In Solar Investing in solar photovoltaic systems can be a wise investment for a retail shopping center owner. In many states and situations, installing solar power in a mall or other retail shopping centers can provide a serious competitive advantage over competitors that do not invest in solar. Gain a competitive edge: As utility electricity rate hikes continue to drive monthly electricity bills higher and higher, building owners can ensure a competitive edge by installing […] Read More »

Jul 17th 2014

Turnkey Wireless Telecommunication: An Overview

Telecommunication technology has grown rapidly over the past century to become an important part of the world we live in today. As the demand for turnkey wireless telecommunication capacity continues to grow, the complexity of managing the expansion of networks in multiple regions has also grown significantly. Telecommunications is the communication at a distance, particularly through electronic signals and electromagnetic waves for the transmission of messages for communication purposes. The global telecommunications marketplace has changed dramatically over the last five […] Read More »

Jul 10th 2014

Backup Generator Power Solutions

Don’t Get Caught In the Dark: Backup Generator Power Solutions In today’s world, uncertain weather patterns are becoming more common — a trend that is only expected to continue. Scientists predict that storms will last longer, delivering heavier winds and causing more property damage, power outages and flooding than ever. Selecting the right power backup solutions and determining your standby backup generator requirements are important. KMB can help you through this process to aid you in making an informed decision. […] Read More »

Jul 2nd 2014

Architectural Daylighting

Sustainable building design is officially defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as “the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient throughout a building’s life-cycle from siting to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation and deconstruction. This practice expands and complements the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort.” Architectural daylighting is an important element of sustainable design; rather than relying solely on electric lighting during the day, daylighting brings […] Read More »

Jun 30th 2014

Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Solar?

When asked the question if solar panels work when it’s cloudy, the average person may guess the answer is no – how could they work when the sun’s blocked or even at night when the sun’s not even out? That answer is only partially true (thankfully). True, Solar panels work best during the seasons where sun is more available with longer hours, such as the summer. But ultraviolet light still reaches the earth’s surface in abundance during cloudy days (if […] Read More »

Jun 26th 2014

Types of Solar Panel Installation

Making the decision to invest in solar energy technology yields many benefits. Understanding which type of solar panel installation is right for you and your company is important. Here are three distinctive mounting options to consider for solar panel installation: Rooftop Installations – Rooftop solar energy systems are one of the most popular and affordable solar energy solutions on the market today. From small peak, roof-mount systems for municipal facilities to large ballasted rooftop systems for commercial and educational facilities, […] Read More »