Solar panel hail testing – details inside
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Solar panel hail testing – details inside

Hail exists. Its break panels. Sometimes, the solar panels win! Sometimes, the hail wins. When this happens is a known equation - based upon hail size and speed versus the glass that is used in the panels. All panels are tested under the same characteristics. I thought you might like to know the exact details on how panels are tested - which is the industry standard that these panels are warranted to: (more…)
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The time to raise solar net-metering caps in Massachusetts is NOW
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The time to raise solar net-metering caps in Massachusetts is NOW

Massachusetts State Representative Robert DeLeo (follow him on Twitter), Senate President Stan Rosenberg (also on Twitter!), and others should all be applauded for separating the States net-metering caps from the rest of the energy-related legislation that's currently winding its way through Capitol Hill. The filling of the caps has stalled several solar projects across the state, due to the lack of certainty on the issue, so the sooner there is clarity on that, the sooner they can proceed. That net-metering, on its own, can not break Massachusetts’ dependance on fossil fuels, is certain. What it can do though is dramatically reduce our consumption of those…
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Flexible Solar Panels May Be the Wave of the Future
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Flexible Solar Panels May Be the Wave of the Future

The art of paper cutting, or Kirigami, is an extremely skilled ancient Japanese art form the creates beautiful pieces with just paper and a cutter. Artists transcend two-dimensional space to create flawless images, sometimes thinking about their piece backwards, from finish to start, in order to engineer it correctly. While Kirigami maintains itself in the art world, its technique can be applied to many other fields, such as science. Well, even more specifically, the world of solar. Scientists have developed what’s known as the Kirigami structure. Through this design, the solar system is more efficient and able to generate a lot…
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In Vermont, A Forward-Thinking Utility Is Helping Customers Share Solar Power
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In Vermont, A Forward-Thinking Utility Is Helping Customers Share Solar Power

Can't have your own solar panel? Now, utility companies and startup Yeloha are making it easy to use the electricity from someone else's—which could change everything about the grid. Even they'd like to go solar, they can't because they're renters or their roof isn't suitable for solar equipment, either because of its design or the direction it's facing. Out of 117 million households in the U.S., only 16 million have solar-friendly roofs, GTM Research says. And that's before we consider all the people who don't have a high enough credit score to lease or loan solar, and those who are put…
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Largest Indoor Basketball Facility in New England is 100% Solar Powered
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Largest Indoor Basketball Facility in New England is 100% Solar Powered

Beaumont Solar has completed one of the most significant solar projects in the region with the design, engineering and installation of a 389.40kW rooftop solar system at Mass Premier Courts in Foxboro, MA.  The 73,000 square-foot indoor basketball facility will be 100% powered by the 1320 solar panels installed on the metal standing seam roof. [adinserter block="1"] Mass Premier owners wanted to have the system fully operational by the end of 2012 to capture the 50% bonus depreciation.  With an in-house staff that is vertically integrated, Beaumont Solar designed and installed the system with the speed necessary to achieve this goal.  Key to maximizing ROI and meeting…
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How tax breaks are driving Vermont’s rush to solar
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How tax breaks are driving Vermont’s rush to solar

Solar is the fastest-growing source of energy in the country, and Vermont’s solar industry is growing dramatically. The solar industry is booming nationwide because of multibillion-dollar federal tax breaks, and developers have their eyes on Vermont because of its additional cash incentives. In 2014, the state ranked at 22 out of 50 states for total solar capacity nationwide. Vermont’s industry employs about 1,500 people at 72 companies, and produces $76 million in output, making it the state with the most solar jobs per capita. [adinserter block="1"] In just the past eight months, Vermont’s Public Service Board has approved 79 nonresidential solar…
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Big utilities entering market for small-scale solar power on customer rooftops
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Big utilities entering market for small-scale solar power on customer rooftops

Traditional power companies are getting into small-scale solar energy and competing for space on your rooftop. The emerging competition comes as utilities and smaller solar installers fight over the future of the U.S. energy system. While the market for residential solar power remains a financial drop in the bucket for a big utility, the installation of solar panels overall grew by more than 50 percent in 2014 and is on track for another record-breaking year at time when the traditional utility business is pretty flat. [adinserter block="1"] "The whole theory is you need to serve your customer or someone will…
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