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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10 N OV E M B E R / D E C E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ■ The creation, or refinement, of system design standards for qualifying solar projects; ■ A model, instantaneous permitting regime for home and small- commercial solar and battery storage systems installed by certi- fied installers and contractors; ■ A program administrator to oversee and implement the plan, including providing technical assistance to state and local juris- dictions and utilities. There have been several attempts at this over the years, all of which fell short, but this one might have a shot because of the timing. The economic case for solar has never been better, and the technology and techniques are proven with copious examples to highlight. Also, what local government would turn down the promise of budget savings and a ton more local jobs? Solar is for all people To grow that base of skilled solar workers around the country, the Solar Training Network introduced AmericanSolarWorkforce. org, an online platform to help solar companies recruit qualified candidates, allow solar job seekers to find career and training opportunities and help the entire industry build a strong and diverse solar workforce. Using this platform, which is free of charge, employers can post opportunities on a solar job board and connect with thousands of candidates looking for solar career opportunities. Employers can also create company profiles, review candidate applications and communicate with potential hires. "This new online platform helps meet an urgent need for top-quality solar employees across the United States," explained Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation. "The platform allows solar employers to expand their networks and make valuable connections with job seekers, training providers and workforce development professionals in their area." AmericanSolarWorkforce.org is a counterpart to a recently launched toolkit, Strategies for Workforce Development, which outlines steps for solar companies to engage with local workforce development resources and build a pipeline of talented employees. To that end, the online platform also includes a clearinghouse for original research and other resources to support solar workforce development. SCENE ON THE Yotta Solar introduced the SolarLEAF at Solar Power International in Anaheim, which uses a 100 percent passive thermal regulation system for panel-level energy storage. This passive temperature regulation enables the system to operate in extreme temperatures while protecting the battery life without degrading performance. "For solar power to truly reach its full potential, energy storage has to be an integral part of the equation. We designed the SolarLEAF to make add- ing energy storage simple for solar developers and utilities by eliminating the design and site-specific complexities that come with centralized storage," said Omeed Badkoobeh, co-founder and CEO of Yotta Solar. In a nutshell, the SolarLEAF panel-level energy storage system reduces project and operational costs by eliminating the need for HVAC or fire sup- pression systems, plus it doesn't use extra real estate occupied by centralized battery systems in shipping containers. The patented passive thermal regulation technology shields the battery from both hot and sub- freezing temperatures and results in a long and bankable service life, industry leading combined solar plus storage efficiency and higher overall solar generation. The SolarLEAF system is a battery pack with integrated multi-way power flow electronics that easily attaches behind standard 60 to 96 cell solar modules either at the time of panel installation or as a retrofit. Yotta Solar was recently awarded a place in National Renewable Energy Laboratory's (NREL) esteemed Innovation Incubator (IN2) program funded by Wells Fargo. Clean technology companies that are formally selected for the program receive up to $250,000 in technical assistance from the laboratory and project related support. Direct storage Yotta Solar is the latest company to try and solve panel-level energy storage

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