Tag: solar panel

Solar panel refers to a panel designed to absorb the sun’s rays as a source of energy for generating electricity or heating. A photovoltaic (in short PV) module is a packaged, connected assembly of typically 6×10 solar cells. Solar Photovoltaic panels constitute the solar array of a photovoltaic system that generates and supplies solar electricity in commercial and residential applications. Each module is rated by its DC output power under standard test conditions, and typically ranges from 100 to 365 watts.

Zero Energy Schools

Zero Energy Schools

Buildings account for nearly 40% of the nation’s energy use. Why does this matter? Because it means that while buildings are a big part of our energy challenge, they also have the potential to be a major part of the solution to a clean energy future. That’s why the US

Solar Photovoltaic System from Caterpillar Installed in Rantoul, IL

Caterpillar Inc. today announced that Cat® dealer Altorfer has commissioned a 1000 kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Rantoul, Illinois. Built to fulfill a 20-year power purchase agreement with the Illinois Municipal Electric Agency (IMEA), the installation was constructed on an eight-and-a-half-acre site near Heritage Lake Park and the University

Paying Back Over a Lifetime

Paying Back Over a Lifetime

This post isn’t so much about erosion—the closest I can come is to claim it’s vaguely about sand—but I think there’s an interesting question here nevertheless. An article  published last month in the Economist, commenting on research recently conducted in the Netherlands, discusses the “greenness” of solar panels. Solar energy,

Integrating Demand Reduction With Storage and Renewables

Integrating Demand Reduction With Storage and Renewables

The energy storage business is hot these days. It has become the most talked-about trend in the retail energy business in the past three years with large companies offering new products, and startups introducing newly designed energy storage, software, and hardware packages.

The popularity of energy storage is driven by the rapid

Fuel Cells and Energy Sustainability

Fuel Cells and Energy Sustainability

Given that energy sustainability and energy economics are top-of-mind among business leaders, politicians, and the public these days, hydrogen fuel cells may be viewed as a savior technology. If that statement seems hyperbolic, there is plenty of statistical evidence to support the growth of fuel cell use for both stationary

Zero Energy Schools

Zero Energy Schools

Buildings account for nearly 40% of the nation’s energy use. Why does this matter? Because it means that while buildings are a big part of our energy challenge, they also have the potential to be a major part of the solution to a clean energy future. That’s why the US

Why Solar, Why Now?

Why Solar, Why Now?

It became undeniable last year that renewable energy in general, and solar energy in particular, had reached its tipping point. After decades of promise and struggle through adverse market conditions, while incrementally improving its tech­nological performance, solar energy was poised to take off. And take off it did.

Many communities are considering, researching, or implementing microgrid solutions. The underlying rationale often involves complex business, operational, and economic issues. See our FREE Special Report: Understanding Microgrids. Download it now!

It is no longer

Perovskites: A Multi-faceted Solution

Perovskites: A Multi-faceted Solution

Silicon solar cells have come a long way from those that Bell Labs first debuted in the 1950s. Advances in light capture and conversion efficiency have improved significantly. And yet they still have limitations.

For one, it takes a lot of energy to melt silicon dioxide in order to remove the

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