rooftop solar Articles

  • Imagine a podcast from a federal agency. Then listen to this.

    The U.S. Department of Energy just jumped on the podcast train — and what it’s bringing on board just might surprise you. Far from a dry, self-promoting description of government-funded research or admonishment to buy energy-efficient appliances and drive less, the first installment of ...


    By Ensia

  • On rooftops worldwide, a solar water heating revolution

    The harnessing of solar energy is expanding on every front as concerns about climate change and energy security escalate, as government incentives for harnessing solar energy expand, and as these costs decline while those of fossil fuels rise. One solar technology that is really beginning to take off is the use of solar thermal collectors to convert sunlight into heat that can be used to warm ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Harnessing the Sun`s Energy for Water and Space Heating

    The pace of solar energy development is accelerating as the installation of rooftop solar water heaters takes off. Unlike solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that convert solar radiation into electricity, these "solar thermal collectors" use the sun's energy to heat water, space, or both. China had an estimated 168 million square meters (1.8 billion square feet) of rooftop solar thermal collectors ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • NexGen, Bella Energy to develop 2.6 MW rooftop solar project in Utah

    NexGen Energy Partners, LLC (Boulder, CO) and Bella Energy (Louisville, CO) have received a contract from Salt Lake County in Utah to design and install a solar power installation on the roof of the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in downtown Salt Lake City. NexGen and Bella have presented a plan to install up to 2.6 MW of solar modules on the building—a capacity ...

  • The Grid vs. Rooftop Solar

    The development of solar micro-grids and mini-grids in the remotest parts of Australia seems to be a rational step in the right direction economically. However, network operators all over the world are still in doubt when it comes to the vast population in urban areas adopting similar methods. The question lies with the homeowner choosing to buy the necessary power generating equipment ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Retrofit of a century old land-house to a low-energy house

    Converting a low-quality brick construction into a low-energy solar house takes five steps. First, avoid spillage by optimal space allocation. Second, apply natural and/or somatic energy wherever and whenever possible. Third, integrate passive and semi-passive solutions. Fourth, harvest renewable commodity energy. Fifth, efficiently complement previous steps with commercial energy. Twelve ...


    By Inderscience Publishers

  • Schneider Electric Case Study

    Schneider Electric is the global specialist in energy management and automation. At their North American headquarters in Boston, the company wanted to create a visible example of their microgrid technology in action, while offsetting energy costs and creating a backup power source during outages. REC Solar built and will operate the canopy and rooftop solar arrays that power the microgrid, which ...


    By REC Solar

  • V.E. Petersen Co., Inc., cuts energy usage by 30 percent with solar array built by Rudolph/Libbe Companies

    A new, 28kW rooftop solar array is reducing energy costs usage by 30 percent for V.E. Petersen Co., Inc., based in Walbridge, OH.  Rudolph/Libbe Inc., of Walbridge, developed, designed and built the rooftop solar array. GEM Inc., of Walbridge, performed electrical work. The solar panels were manufactured by ISOFOTON, in Napoleon, ...


    By Rudolph/Libbe Companies

  • Smart Energy Islands, global test-bed for batteries - Case study

    A £10.8 million project on the Isles of Scilly will provide a model for electric vehicles and home batteries to play a major role in low-carbon smart energy systems around the world. Moixa will develop platforms allowing electric vehicles and smart home batteries to be used to help balance supply and demand within the islands’ energy system, although the project will not fund the ...


    By Moixa Energy Holdings Ltd.

  • Solar Basics: Roof-Mounted Vs. Ground-Mounted

    When a business goes solar, one major decision is the type of system that is best for the site: roof-mounted or ground-mounted? In this blog, we will break down some of the major distinctions and discuss when one type would be better suited for certain sites. What Is a Roof-Mounted System? In a rooftop solar system, photovoltaic panels are mounted on the roof of a building, as the ...


    By EnterSolar

  • The Growing Solar Industry

    Solar industry is still growing despite the several crises it faced so far this year. According to Bloomberg New Energy Finance, the worldwide solar capacity will grow by 37 gigawatts in 2013 when it grew by 30.5 gigawatts the previous year. Strong interests toward solar industry are shown, mostly from Asia. During the second quarter of the year, solar systems’ shipments were ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Bentley Motors Installs ‘UK’s Largest’ Rooftop Solar System – April 12th, 2013

      Car manufacturer Bentley, a customer of Envantage Ltd  is upping its green credentials and installing what it claims is the largest roof mounted solar system in the UK. The 5MW project will include 20,000 solar panels and cover 2.45 ...

  • EkonoRack 2.0 is our best-selling mounting system

    If you have a commercial flat rooftop and plan to install solar panels, our EkonoRack 2.0 mounting system is perfect for you! EkonoRack 2.0 is our #1 best-selling commercial solar mounting system for flat roofs. The system is a simple non-penetrating solar mounting solution with a single racking component that acts as a ...


    By KB Racking

  • Avoiding the Power Grid with Renewable Energy

    For approximately one hundred years, thriving countries have been dependent on only one form of distributing power; electricity sent over large transmission grids from plants generating electricity, to customers in businesses, homes, and factories.  Generators extract energy from rooftop solar panels, garbage, and sewage, which replace or assist coal, nuclear, and natural gas plants. A ...


    By Greenshine New Energy LLC

  • Plan B 4.0 by the numbers - data highlights on solar energy

    Concerns about global warming, rising fossil fuel prices, and oil insecurity have prompted calls for a new energy economy, one that replaces fossil fuels with renewables. The sun is an enormous reservoir of energy; in fact, the sunlight reaching Earth in just one hour is enough to power the global economy for a whole year. Harnessing some of this energy is an essential component of Earth Policy ...


    By Earth Policy Institute

  • Why Choose KB Racking for Your Solar Installation?

    Are you planning on making your organization more energy efficient and eco-friendly? If so, the team at KB Racking can deliver a dependable solution. Our solar racking systems are a great way to future-proof your commercial operations, designed for a wide range of use cases. Let’s go over some key reasons why choosing KB Racking for your solar installation is a sound ...


    By KB Racking

  • Home is where the sun is

    The numbers stack up nicely: Three Staten Island homes, three rooftops, 62 solar panels and 19,236kW of projected energy generated each year. All three newly-solar-powered homes are neighbors, and they all switched to solar power with NRG Home Solar on the same day. But what do the numbers really mean, and how do they translate into energy savings? We’re glad you asked. (Even ...

  • Why smart utilities are embracing distributed electricity

    Power companies that take initiative now can position themselves for a bright future in tomorrow’s clean energy economy The growth of distributed energy generation, particularly in the form of solar energy, leaves the aging, monopolistic electric utility system a daunting choice: Come out swinging in defense of the status quo or boldly jump into the cockpit, put on the ...


    By Ensia

  • India’s Potential in Harnessing the Alternate Energy Sources

    Long queues for gasoline, high prices and shortage of gasoline are the signs which show that how natural resources are on the verge of depletion. This shows that it is high time for us to view how to utilize natural resources. India is mainly depended on import of petroleum products for its energy requirements. It meets its requirements by importing 70% of petroleum products. This is a point of ...


    By Jay Khodiyar Machine Tools

  • Energy efficiency, the Nerd

    The renewable energy business has done a remarkable job at positioning itself in the public psyche as the ‘it girl’ of our era.  Just about everyone – politicians, celebrities, major industries – likes to be seen as pro-renewable. But if renewable energy is the girl that everyone wants to be ...

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