One thing learned during the corona-virus pandemic was the effectiveness of soap and water regularly washing our hands was our greatest defense. While dirty solar panels do have the benefit of constant washing to avoid reduced output and efficiency, soap isn’t the solution here As a solar installer and maintenance […]
One thing learned during the corona-virus pandemic was the effectiveness of soap and water regularly washing our hands was our greatest defense. While dirty solar panels do have the benefit of constant washing to avoid reduced output and efficiency, soap isn’t the solution here
As a solar installer and maintenance provider Green Icon Energy (griensolar) never uses a detergent or soap on solar panels, instead counting on deionized water and a rotating-brush system to scrub solar panels.
Soaps can leave bubbles or residue that not only shades panels just like the dirt that was just washed off, but it can even encourage dirt to stay and build up faster, “We use deionized water that’s applied through our rotating-brush system. this is often the simplest method leave the solar panels with a spot-free shine that’s as beautiful like first day they were installed.”
Rather than risk employee safety or potential damage to the solar panels they’re cleaning, the cleaner or company can use Sola-Tecs brush cleaners since 2018. A rolling brush is attached to wheels that glide across the solar panels, allowing an almost-hands-free deep clean.We can also runs the customer’s water through a demineralizing and ionizing system.
We’ve found that together with our water treatment procedure, it’s the most effective method clean solar panels. It requires less water, fewer passes and no harsh chemicals or detergents.”
Also, we finds that using deionized water through water-fed poles and brushes works just fine to wash solar projects.
If you can smelled your hands after washing them with soap, what you smell is that the soap left behind, even if you can’t see any soap afterwards, “If we used soap to wash panels, the very small molecules of soap would go away something behind for dust and dirt to create upon.”
GRIENSOLAR offers a full maintenance suite, including inspections to search out damaged panels that require beyond just cleaning.
The homes and factories nearest the airport and highways gather smog or oil-based pollution, which resist running off with a standard rainfall. These make a number of the older blue panels appear black initially glance. Dirt on the surface reflects light faraway from the panels. A clean panel remains cooler, allowing the flow of electrons to maneuver more easily.
Another way of cleaning solar panels can be by uses a mix of diluted vinegar and peroxide to aide in scrubbing away dirt and dirt.
When rain happens, soil accumulates at the lowestfringe of the solar array , obstructing the lower PV cell row and hindering the assembly efficiency. It’s just like a car getting hosed down — you continue to ought to scrub it or use a soil-releasing mixture so as to avoid scrubbing.
Sometimes just water isn’t enough, but everyone agrees that soap should never be used. That’s why lubricant manufacturer Polywater released its solar array Wash five years ago. The highly concentrated additive isn’t a filmy soap; instead it enhances water’s ability to wash solar panels, said Charlie Cole, Polywater international VP.
Non-soap solar array Wash from Polywater
We’re giving the water the capacity to lift the soil off the panel as against a solvent, which is essentially surrounding the dirt particle and taking it off the panel, [Solar Panel Wash] is safer for the components of the panel. It’s not getting to affect anti-reflective films; it’s not getting to corrode the aluminum rails. It’s biodegradable, meaning that it’s non-persistent, making it friendly with the environment. It’s not getting to affect the groundwater.
Solar Panel Wash modifies the physical phenomenon of the water, so rather than water beading up, it’ll form endless film across the solar panels to lift dirt and debris. Cole said solar array Wash is particularly helpful in arid locations where dust is high and water is scarce, because the wash allows for fewer water to be utilized in cleaning.
A lot of those installations are wiped out desert regions where the supply of water is basically a problem . If we will reduce the utilization of water, it’s an environmental benefit.
Even on residential projects, homeowners will enjoy paying some extra attention to the cleanliness of their few solar panels.
We oftentimes hear customers say that the rain does just fine cleaning their panels, and while the rain does wash some dirt off, it doesn’t truly clean the panels. If the panels are already filthy, the rain just makes it worse by converting dust to thick layers of mud, The perfect analogy is to think about your car. If your car hasn’t been washed in six months, does leaving it call at the rain make the dirt better or worse? an equivalent is true with dirty solar panels.
Just don’t use soap — a touch effort and water work fine.
SMA America announces the Sunny Highpower PEAK3 125-kW as an ideal solution for ground-mount projects with 480 VAC interconnection. This 1,500 VDC inverter that can connect to the grid at 480 VAC without an additional transformer. The PEAK3 125-kW is most applicable in community solar, agricultural aggregate […]
SMA America announces the Sunny Highpower PEAK3 125-kW as an ideal solution for ground-mount projects with 480 VAC interconnection. This 1,500 VDC inverter that can connect to the grid at 480 VAC without an additional transformer. The PEAK3 125-kW is most applicable in community solar, agricultural aggregate metering and other large distributed generation projects.
“This solution was strategically designed to address a growing need for reduced installation and operational costs,” said Chuck Ellis, VP of sales for SMA America. “The Sunny Highpower PEAK3 delivers the highest energy production and offers valuable cost savings for all large-scale ground mount PV systems.”
For PV system developers and integrators, designing plants with PEAK3 and SMA’s centralized, modular system architecture reduces balance of system costs and speeds installation and commissioning. Unlike other 1,500 VDC inverters, the PEAK3 125 kW with 480 VAC output requires no additional stepdown transformer to interconnect with 480 VAC services. Compared with 1,000 VDC string inverters that have traditionally been used in systems with 480 VAC interconnections, PEAK3 offers significant savings in both inverter and installation costs.
For PV system owners, the PEAK3 delivers the highest energy production when compared either to other 1,500 VDC or 1,000 VDC string inverters by eliminating the need for an additional step-down transformer and by reducing line losses throughout the system. Using fewer transformers and inverters reduces lifetime service costs by limiting potential points of failure, while the centralized, modular plant architecture simplifies operations and maintenance, further reducing costs.
SMA also offers the PEAK3 150-kW with 600 VAC output for even greater cost savings in large-scale PV plants with medium-voltage interconnections. Project owners are encouraged to speak with an SMA sales representative to determine which solution is best for their specific requirements.
LFP energy storage manufacturer SimpliPhi Power has partnered with Heila Technologies to deploy intelligent energy storage + solar systems at a demonstration project in Shreveport, Louisiana, with the support of Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (AEP) company. “Behind-the-meter energy storage is a cost-effective way to […]
LFP energy storage manufacturer SimpliPhi Power has partnered with Heila Technologies to deploy intelligent energy storage + solar systems at a demonstration project in Shreveport, Louisiana, with the support of Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO), an American Electric Power (AEP) company.
“Behind-the-meter energy storage is a cost-effective way to help utilities and customers alike manage their electricity usage with the security of knowing they have access to stored energy that can be seamlessly integrated into the grid or islanded during power outages,” said SimpliPhi Power’s CEO Catherine Von Burg.
The demonstration project with Heila Technologies will aggregate distributed energy resources and allow SWEPCO to manage these assets as an optimized fleet. Under a single platform, SWEPCO will be able to leverage the solar + storage systems to correct power factor, perform peak shaving and manage overall energy supply, all while improving customer resiliency. Building resiliency for utility customers using renewable power generation plus storage will be key as the Southeast United States continues to see an increase in extreme weather events due to the impacts of climate change.
Heila’s Senior Engineer and Co-Founder, Jorge Elizondo shared, “The Heila Platform is able to sense changes across all connected components and make the system holistically and automatically respond to the changing conditions of the electrical grid. With SimpliPhi, we have found a safe and high performing battery that is ready to be deployed at scale to make this vision a reality.”
The SimpliPhi+Heila solution, consists of PHI 3.8-kWh batteries, inverter(s), and a Heila EDGE controller which acts as a battery management system (BMS) and an energy management system (EMS). Any and all distributed energy resources (DERs) controlled by a Heila EDGE in a system are then aggregated and optimized to form a distributed intelligent network that can be used by any central controller, ADMS or SCADA to control the fleet as a single entity using common protocols.
The PHI batteries measure and report voltage, current and temperatures, and perform useful calculations to determine real-time battery state of charge (SoC), state of health (SoH) and fault detection. Heila is programmed to operate the PHI battery units in either grid-connected or off-grid mode, and manage transitions between modes, enabling full control of the flow of real and reactive power to and from the grid, load curtailment, and more. The utility or grid operator can set performance objectives at the aggregate level, rather than on a DER-by-DER basis and collect real-time and historical data from all systems to streamline grid operations. This project will serve as a model for other stakeholders who are interested in the benefits of decentralized energy generation and storage working as a virtual power plant.
Some years back, we didn’t presume to imagine a future where in 2020, we might have a 400-watt solar array that appears sort of a beautiful sheet of black glass and be so economical that systems using it economize for homeowners. That said, don’t bet against the forward march of […]
Some years back, we didn’t presume to imagine a future where in 2020, we might have a 400-watt solar array that appears sort of a beautiful sheet of black glass and be so economical that systems using it economize for homeowners. That said, don’t bet against the forward march of technology, especially once you have a team with decades of experience advancing the state-of-the-art in solar.
At present, we’re facing enormous economic, scientific and societal challenges; chief among them is global climate change . However, with advancements in clean energy technology and accelerated clean energy adoption, we are optimistic about the vital role that wider solar deployment will play in combatting global climate change and ensuring a cleaner, safer, healthier and safer planet for all. With this in mind, we continues to style and develop technology innovations in clean energy – doing our part to form the planet a far better place.
While we’re focused on making the simplest solar array on the market, consumers are taking a broader, and in many respects more important, view of solar power . on a daily basis our dealer network is talking with homeowners who want to secure resiliency within the face of power supply interruptions caused by the adverse impacts of global climate change . In short, they need to be a part of the answer to global climate change , not a part of the matter .
But not everyone has the posh of having the ability to spend more of their hard-earned money to fight global climate change . Redirecting funds may be a more practical solution. Buying commodity with less packaging, food from local suppliers, and using public transportation are all ways people are making a difference. and that they are making a difference by putting solar on their roofs, and reducing the strain on electric utilities.
Making a difference doesn’t reduce the importance of other factors. Our homes are nearly always our most precious asset. listening to how they appear matters, so solar systems designed from the start to seem good matters. Solaria solar systems are designed to enrich and enhance a home’s appearance – and boost its value.
And then there’s performance. The more power a roof generates, the more options consumers have.
Customers installing solar systems also can add storage, enabling them to consume clean electricity at the hours of darkness – the battery-stored power that they’ve generated during the day. And, they will use their solar battery to power other appliances. In many cases, they will eliminate their utility bills entirely.
At Green Icon Energy, we’ve been focused on redefining residential solar with breakthrough technology and products. Affiliating with manufacturers that has patented cell design, superior panel architecture and innovative assembly techniques means Solar panels significantly boost power generation, provide outstanding performance and superior economics. The high power density of their solar panels maximize power and energy yield on homeowner roofs, and patented shade-resistant technology keeps. Their solar panels performing beyond when other panels have ceased generating power.
There’s a reason we’re leading the premium segment of the residential market.
We are so pleased with the new technology solar panels that has improved greater than 20% efficiency, sleek Pure Black™ design with no visible circuitry, and proven reliability backed by a 25-year warranty.
Green Icon Energy is doing its utmost to make sure that we’ve a cleaner, brighter energy future by spurring the continued rapid deployment of unpolluted , efficient and yes, beautiful solar. The installers and customers demand the simplest
The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today the approval of a proposal to construct and operate the largest solar project in the United States. U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed the Record […]
The Department of the Interior and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announced today the approval of a proposal to construct and operate the largest solar project in the United States.
U.S. Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed the Record of Decision (ROD) for Solar Partners XI to construct a 690-MW solar PV project and ancillary facilities about 30 miles northeast of Las Vegas. The estimated $1 billion Gemini Solar Project could be the eighth-largest solar power facility in the world when finished.
“As our economy rebounds from the invisible enemy, President Trump is working to make the United States stronger than ever before. Our economic resurgence will rely on getting America back to work, and this project delivers on that objective,” said Secretary Bernhardt.
“This action is about getting Americans back to work, strengthening communities and promoting investment in American energy,” said Casey Hammond, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Exercising the Authority of the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. “Domestic energy production on Federal lands remains fundamental to our national security and the achievements of the Trump Administration.”
The project will facilitate critical infrastructure investments that will create jobs and economic activity and increase renewable energy, helping to meet Federal and state energy goals. It directly advances policy objectives described in President Trump’s Executive Order 13783, which promotes “clean and safe development of our Nation’s vast energy resources,” and Secretary’s Order 3355 prioritizing infrastructure projects and streamlining the environmental review process.
“Despite the challenges of the coronavirus, we’re pleased to see that Nevada will soon be home to one of the biggest solar projects in the world,” said Abigail Ross Hopper, President and CEO of SEIA. “The solar industry is resilient and a project like this one will bring jobs and private investment to the state when we need it most. We appreciate the work that the Trump Administration has done to make this historic project a reality.”
The on-site construction workforce is anticipated to average 500 to 700 construction workers, with a peak of up to 900 workers at any given time, supporting up to an additional 1,100 jobs in the local community and injecting an estimated $712.5 million into the economy in wages and total output during construction.
The Gemini solar project is expected to be constructed in two phases. The first phase of power could come online in 2021 with final completion as early as 2022. Federal revenues are expected to be more than $3 million annually to the U.S. Treasury.
The hybrid alternative specified in the ROD also includes a mowing method that will result in fewer impacts on native vegetation and wildlife, such as the desert tortoise. Extensive long-term monitoring will be required, in addition to possible adaptation of methods used to reduce potential impacts to desert tortoise.
The BLM and Solar Partners XI also developed measures to avoid, minimize and mitigate impacts to other resources including, but not limited to, visual resources, cultural and tribal resources, recreation access and air quality.
The Secretary signed the ROD after the BLM facilitated a comprehensive public process that included two public meetings during a 45-day public scoping period and two additional public meetings during the 90-day public comment period after the Draft Resource Management Plan Amendment (RMPA) and Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) were released. The BLM responded to all substantive comments that it received on the Draft RMPA/Draft EIS, as well as protests on the proposed RMPA and input it received from the Governor’s office. The BLM also conducted government-to-government consultations over several months, traveling to and meeting with the following Tribes: Moapa Band of Paiutes, Las Vegas Paiute Tribe, Fort Mojave Tribe, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, Chemehuevi Indian Tribe, Bishop Paiute Tribe, Colorado River Indian Tribes and the Timbisha Shoshone Tribe.
The ROD approves a right-of-way grant for the project and the associated amendment to the Las Vegas Resource Management Plan of 1998. The authorized solar facilities include 34.5 kilovolt overhead and underground collector lines, a 2-acre (0.8-hectare) operation and maintenance facility, three substations, internal access roads, access roads along generation tie-lines, a perimeter road, perimeter fencing, water storage tanks for fire protection, drainage control features, a potential on-site water well or a new water pipeline, and improvements to the existing NV Energy facilities to support interconnection. The project also includes a 380 MW solar-powered battery system able to store and deploy over 1,400 MWh which can be used when the power is needed most.