Tag: photovoltaic systems

A photovoltaic system, also solar PV power system, or PV system, is a power system designed to supply usable solar power by means of photovoltaics. It consists of an arrangement of several components, including solar panels to absorb and convert sunlight into electricity, a solar inverter to change the electric current from DC to AC, as well as mounting, cabling and other electrical accessories to set up a working system. It may also use a solar tracking system to improve the system’s overall performance and include an integrated battery solution, as prices for storage devices are expected to decline.

Regulators Approve TEP Renewables Plan

Regulators Approve TEP Renewables Plan

State regulators on Tuesday approved Tucson Electric Power Co.’s 2016 renewable-energy plan, minus some controversial proposals.

The Arizona Corporation Commission approved a 2016 program budget of $56.6 million, including $9.4 million for company-owned renewable-energy projects and expansion of an energy-storage pilot project. TEP and other state-regulated power companies are mandated to

Gilded Highway: France’s Solar Road

Gilded Highway: France’s Solar Road

France’s art, language, and cuisine lend it an aura of sophisticated charm. And so does the infrastructure. Bridges are sculptural, and parks are painterly. Its streetlights perfectly illuminate the Champs-Élysées. And soon the roads will soon be paved with gold…well, almost anyway.

Ideal Power Secures Multi-year Purchase Agreement With Sharp Electronics

Ideal Power Secures Multi-year Purchase Agreement With Sharp Electronics

AUSTIN, Texas July 30, 2014 Ideal Power Inc. (NASDAQ: IPWR), a developer of a disruptive power conversion technology, is pleased to announce that it has signed a multi-year purchase agreement with Sharp Electronics Corporation (hereafter “Sharp”) whereby Sharp will utilize Ideal Power’s 30kW battery converter in its SmartStorage

Recyclebank Names 10 Inspiring US Programs Paving the Road to Sustainability

NEW YORK, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — From Philadelphia’s commitment to hit aggressive environmental goals in six years to Corpus Christi’s cutting-edge wind energy plan, Recyclebank today revealed 10 American initiatives it is recognizing for setting the bar for urban sustainability and environmental practices. The company that encourages and rewards

Energy Efficiency Survey

Energy Efficiency Survey

Since 1977 when the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) was founded, energy efficiency has been a growth market regardless of which party occupies the White House. Demand for energy efficiency professionals also continues to grow. Over the last five years, even as the US economy was in turmoil, the Association

Built-in Efficiency

Built-in Efficiency

Building envelopes are encompassing an increasing use of renewables as interdisciplinary cooperation between architects and engineers, and an emerging preference for outcome-based designs is ramping up. Addressing renewables and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification, Joe Murray, a principle design architect with IDC Architects, a wholly owned subsidiary

Saving Before You Start

Saving Before You Start

What do we have now? How do we use our energy? How much does it cost us? It seems sensible and practical to understand how we spend our energy (and our dollars) before we start taking steps to improve efficiency and performance. A competent energy audit makes sense for all

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