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Feb 3rd 2015

Solar Power Glossary of Terms

Technical terms related to solar power and photovoltaic (PV) technologies can be confusing (don’t worry, you’re not alone). Acronyms and lexicon used in the solar industry are numerous; the following solar power glossary just scrapes the surface defining terms and vocabulary related to all things solar. For a more in-depth look, has provided an exhaustive list of solar terminology and definitions. Below is an introduction to the solar terms you most need to know. So, let’s dive right in […] Read More »

Feb 2nd 2015

Differences between a Micro Inverter vs. Central Inverter in Photovoltaic Systems

Determining to use micro inverters versus central inverters can be a common solar question that arises when choosing the optimal photovoltaic design concept. First it’s important to understand the solar engineering differences between a micro inverter and a central inverter. Solar micro inverters have been on the US market since the 1990s. A single small “micro” weatherproof inverter is installed behind each individual solar module. A solar micro inverter converts the DC power generated by the solar panel into AC […] Read More »

Structural Engineering: Benefits of Tower Co-Location

Co-location services today are critical to support the explosive data growth and the need for high-bandwidth, low latency connectivity to wireless networks. Over the last few years, many carriers are moving from building and owning new towers to selling off the vertical infrastructure and becoming a tenant. In addition to this change in infrastructure, ownership is a huge push to co-locate on existing towers rather than incurring the expense of building new towers. Tower companies typically own or lease a […] Read More »

Jan 20th 2015

Behind the Scenes: Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Overview

When machines “talk” they do so in a language known as “telemetry.” The concept of telemetry — remote machines and sensors collecting and sending data to a central point for analysis, either by humans or computers isn’t necessarily new but the machine to machine (M2M) concept takes that communication to a whole new level. M2M is a broad label that can be used to describe any technology that enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions without the manual […] Read More »

Jan 12th 2015

Snowy Solar: Do Solar Panels Work in Snowy Climates?

Surprise, the weather forecast may be calling for snow sometime very soon. And with snow, comes storms bringing the possibility of power outages. Last winter’s polar vortex caused widespread power outages which highlighted the advantages of solar energy but also raised the question: Do solar panels work in snowy climates? Winter isn’t automatically a bad thing. In order to make solar power work, you need panels that absorb the heat and light from the sun. On clear winter days, the […] Read More »

Nov 30th 2014

Solar Panel Installation Factors that Affect Levels of Solar Energy Generation

Many variables affect the amount of solar energy output generated by your system. Though some are out of your control, knowing what these factors are before scheduling your facility’s solar panel installation can help you combat those that you can change. Location The more sunshine, the better! Latitude matters; your proximity to the equator affects the power generated by your system. Solar panels generate more electricity the closer you are to the equator. Top 20 Solar Cities by Total Installed […] Read More »

Nov 26th 2014

Benefits to Solar Panel Installation on Shopping Mall Rooftops

Solar energy’s rapid growth in America is evident at an astounding 418% from 2010-2014 according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Savvy companies are moving towards solar panel installation because it’s cost effective and helps our environment. Simply put, solar continues to shine across the United States with clean, reliable and affordable electricity. A few key stats: • Corporate solar users in America have more than doubled their solar capacity over the last two years. And according to the United […] Read More »

Nov 25th 2014

Importance of Supermarket Refrigeration Engineering

Retailers faced with tight operating budgets often seek means of reducing energy expenditures through increasing the energy efficiency of their refrigerated display cases and associated systems. Generally, the largest consumption of refrigeration system energy in supermarket settings is attributed to open display cases, such as traditional meat and dairy cases, which are subject to much higher heat loads than cases with transparent display doors. The amount of costs associated with all the refrigeration equipment that exists inside (cold chambers, preparing […] Read More »

Oct 30th 2014

Save Energy with a Commercial HVAC Upgrade

If your HVAC (Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning) system is more than 10 years old and you find yourself making frequent repairs, don’t wait until the system dies. Replacing an old, inefficient system can save on your utility bill and make your building far more comfortable. HVAC refers to the equipment, distribution system, and controls that provide heating, ventilation, and air conditioning for buildings. HVAC systems are the main energy consumers in commercial buildings. They account for approximately half of […] Read More »

Oct 28th 2014

Solar Power Forecasting: Photovoltaic (PV) Energy Production Estimates

Solar energy represents a vast, renewable resource that can be tapped to meet society’s growing demand for electrical energy. Everyone knows that solar can help the planet; many know it can also save money in the long run, but in either case, the question that often comes up is: “how much?” The amount of PV energy a solar array produces can help to answer this question. Solar power forecasting involves knowledge of the sun´s path, the atmosphere’s condition, the scattering […] Read More »