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Mar 25th 2015

Solar Energy in the News

Get the latest on solar energy and learn about all things under the sun across the country. US Solar Generation Doubled in 2014, Renewable Output Grew 11% Reported on Renewable Energy World Magazine, the U.S. Energy Information Administration 2014 report saw non-hydro renewable energy generation increase by 11 percent over the previous year — and solar power led the charge in growth, if not in overall share of U.S. electricity supply. “Solar still made up less than one-half percent, and […] Read More »

Mar 18th 2015

Different Types of Telecom Towers: Which Design is Right For Your Site?

When choosing which telecom tower will best suit your project, it is important to consider a number of factors first, including design, tower height, location (environment) and weight. Identifying the most efficient telecom tower design can be challenging but KMB is committed to helping you select the style that is right for your project and accommodate increasing connectivity demands. We are a leading provider of Design & Build tower modifications and reinforcement services and a member of NATE. Towers, commonly used for […] Read More »

Mar 11th 2015

Telecom Engineering: Wireless Controls for Small Businesses – BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

With the explosion in mobile devices over the last few years, it is becoming the norm for individuals to bring their own wireless devices into the office. Organizations are also becoming more and more dependent on wireless technology to connect remote and mobile workers to the company network. It has become an integral part of businesses, not only boosting employee productivity but also becoming a viable alternative to wired (Ethernet-based) accessibility to the network. As the number of people using […] Read More »

Mar 4th 2015

Importance of Sustainable Hospital Engineering: Going for the Green

Sustainable building engineering design and construction is the practice of creating structures and using processes that are environmentally responsible and resource efficient throughout the life cycle of a building– from selecting the site to design, construction, operation, maintenance, renovation, and finally, deconstruction. Energy and resource efficient, eco- friendly designs are beneficial to the community and environment, socially responsible and thus well received. Hospitals have a mission to improve the health and well-being of patients, staff and the communities they serve which is why sustainable engineering […] Read More »

Feb 4th 2015

Energy and Resource Efficiency Tips for the New Year

According to USA.gov, the most common New Year’s Resolutions include to lose weight, quit smoking, get a better job, and save money. But it’s never too late to make your own resolution that can save you money (and the earth) by embracing some simple energy and resource efficiency tips (like “going green”). Try these tips and tricks from KMB to create a money-saving, waste-reducing, eco-friendly company that makes you, and the earth, proud. Sustainable architectural designs can help to reduce […] Read More »

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, Energy.gov 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 »