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It’s Easy Being Green: America’s Top Green Energy Businesses

It’s clear that sustainable building practices are quickly becoming the industry standard and expectation. While going green used to mean you were ahead of the pack, these days it is something you must maintain to stay competitive. Companies have had to learn how to incorporate green energy practices including solar, energy storage and building efficiency technologies that address these social and economic responsibilities. So, as we recognize Green... Read More

Clean Power Plan & Future of Renewable Energy

August 2015 Solar in the NewsObama’s Clean Power Plan: Solar Companies Win, Taxpayers LoseOn August 3rd President Obama rolled out a new plan to increase clean energy. According to Solar Industry Magazine, “The fundamental objective of the Clean Power Plan is the phasing oufavor of low- or zero-emission sources”. The plan does not directly call for the installment of photovoltaic systems, but it does increase incentive to create and enhance... Read More

Solar Power On the Rise Across the United States

Solar power was the fastest-growing form of electricity generation in the United States in 2014. Solar power is a clean, reliable, increasingly affordable source of energy and is experiencing remarkable growth across the U.S. The potential for commercial, municipal and industrial building construction to incorporate renewable energy systems has never been greater.KMB Design Group is at the forefront of the escalating solar industry, and is considered... Read More

Sun through the Centuries: The History of Solar

Solar technology isn’t new. Humans have been trying to harness this energy into a usable source of power since ancient times. Its history spans from the seventh century B.C. to today. Thousands of years ago, harnessing the sun’s energy began by concentrating the sun’s heat with glass and mirrors to light fires. Now, we have everything from solar-powered cars to solar-powered airplanes.As the solar industry continues to take shape throughout... Read More

Top Cities Solar Power | First Solar Road | Solar Sailing Spacecraft

Get the latest on solar energy, photovoltaic news and learn about all things under the sun across the country, from the KMB photovoltaic and engineering design group.Top 16 U.S. Cities For Solar PowerThe solar power industry is in the middle of a spectacular growth spurt in the United States, especially in densely populated areas. Contrary to what you may suspect, some of the most rapid rates of solar installation have been seen in cities not especially... Read More

Measuring Solar Power

Some say the amount of energy reaching the surface of the Earth every hour is greater than the amount of energy used by the Earth’s population over an entire year. So when the sunshine hits a photovoltaic solar electric panel generating DC power, a natural question is, “How much power is my solar panel generating?” Measuring solar energy can help position your solar panel for maximum efficiency, so let’s start with the basics.Understanding... Read More

Celebrating Earth Month with Solar Energy

With more than one billion people around the earth celebrating Earth Month in April (this year is the 45th anniversary), you might be inspired for something new to do at your company to show your interest in saving the planet. We’ve compiled five great ideas below to help motivate you to make some changes:1. Enter the Solar Energy EraSolar panels are the most popular form of renewable energy today. Used to generate heat, electricity, and indoor... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More