Solar panels just broke another record in the U.S. by Katie Fehrenbacher | Fortune.com

“…the amount of U.S. residential solar panels has been growing more rapidly, and has been expanding across more states than ever before. The amount of home solar roofs grew 70% year-over-year for the most recent quarter, and went from four states with vibrant residential solar markets in 2013, to ten states today.” 

Let’s be clear, the theory is that every home can, and should be powered by Solar Power.

Understanding Maximum Power Points (MPP) BY BRIAN HANSEN | Civic Solar

“Designing systems so that panels operate as close as possible to their Maximum Power Point is critical to maximizing the performance of the system. A large central inverter such as the Solectria 500XTM has one power point, which means that all panels in the array will produce the same voltage and amperage. If the array is uniform and free from shading, this is generally not a major issue.” Here

UTILITIES: Ala. goes back to basics as solar flourishes in neighboring states — Thursday, June 19, 2014 — www.eenews.net

A new solar research institute is opening in a Southeastern state where coal still wants to be king and solar is barely there: Alabama.

The state’s largest utility, Alabama Power, wants to work with the new Southeastern Solar Research Center (SSRC) in Birmingham (EnergyWire, June 12). The utility wants to evaluate how different solar photovoltaic systems operate and perform under the region’s hot and humid conditions, according to information the SSRC released last week.

via UTILITIES: Ala. goes back to basics as solar flourishes in neighboring states — Thursday, June 19, 2014 — www.eenews.net.

Publications and Media from SEPA

via Publications and Media.

SEPA Seminar: System Design, Retrofits, and Field Techniques to Prevent FIRE in PV Systems

and

SEPA Seminar: Commercial Rooftop PV FIREs: Lessons Learned and Prevention with Ground-Fault Design and Codes