Solar Builder

NOV-DEC 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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SOLARBUILDERMAG.COM | 13 "From a centralized power system to a more decentralized, it's an opportunity and a challenge. We can't try to bolt on security and retrofit it. We need a lot more collabora- tion and information sharing to get this right." Chris Crowell is the managing editor of Solar Builder. goal is to create an open approach to encourage innovation and allow partners the ability to access our data to create their own products." There's also the utility's conundrum of how to best serve low- to moderate-income (LMI) customers. Not all customers have the resources or interest in taking part in a new energy future, but that shouldn't leave them in the cold. This reasonably leads some utilities with already cheap rates to lag behind modernization and renewable efforts. Why fix what ain't broke for a majority of their customers? "A majority of my customers just think of keeping the lights on," said Mary Kipp, CEO of El Paso Electric. "And we've been successful providing affordable power. We need to make sure people who are silent are not left behind by new technology." Solar is security The intangible effects of climate change over the years didn't stir too much change in the way utilities or businesses operated, but with more tangible effects coming in the form of more frequent and powerful natural disasters, suddenly renewable energy and microgrids look like smart new direc- tions for investment. To put a face and a personal touch on this unfortunate trend, the keynote speaker for the first day of SPI was Salvador Gómez-Colón with a Light and Hope for Puerto Rico, who talked about the devastation in the wake of the hurricane and how renewable energy pre- sented a way forward. Unfortunately, in yet another example of the media ignoring the plight of Puerto Rico, I had to leave the opening session early and missed his talk entirely. Minus points. But even having missed it, resiliency was a pervasive topic throughout the week, more so than I can ever remember it being. "The frequency and severity of natural disasters requires us to think differently about how to operate a system, and our technology is going to be a critical part," Hamm said. Coupled with resiliency was Quiniones' concern about cyber security. Here's his quote about it, but I'd say it also applies to all of the above:

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