Fortifiber Corporation’s Fernley, NV facility manufactures and distributes moisture barrier and energy efficient building products. Now the sustainable products manufacturer has added some green energy to its roof. Read the rest of this entry »
In the heart of America’s wine region, the Raymonds built their family winery from the ground up, leveraging 35+ years of experience in the winemaking industry. Over 45 years later, the Raymond Vineyards are getting a little extra boost from the sun.
Raymond Vineyards is now the largest 100 percent solar-powered winery in Napa, California, according to utility provider Blue Sky Utility, thanks to a mixed 750kW solar PV system. The solar energy installation features over 50,000 sq ft of solar modules mounted by the RBI Solar MS and VS solutions on the winery’s roofs. A 17,000 sq ft solar canopy also helps reduce the winery’s energy consumption by providing a shaded area that can be utilized during the harvest and for storage of the fermentation tanks. Blue Sky Utility, along with contractor BPI, are responsible for the design, construction, and maintenance of the PV systems.
The 3,123 Talesun 240 watt solar modules are expected to produce over 1.3 million kWh of energy each year, offsetting approximately 990 tons of harmful carbon emissions. Read the rest of this entry »
Here in the northern hemisphere, it is commonly advised that the best direction for solar modules to face is south. This is because your modules would, in theory, receive the most direct sunlight. But of course, not all rooftops are oriented this way. So what are your solar PV options for a non south-facing roof? Read the rest of this entry »
Aquafil USA is one business that has taken significant steps to be a leader in sustainability. With their Eco Pledge, the company has embraced sustainability as an important principle that guides their operations.
It’s been a good year for solar. Jobs are on the rise. Over one million solar systems have been installed across the country. Innovations continue to wow the world (floatovoltaics, solar flowers, and a solar plane to name a few).
As we push forward toward a clean energy future, we must constantly assess and improve upon our processes, our technology, and our methods of communicating the value of solar and sustainability to the public. While not all-inclusive, the recent publication of Solar Power World’s Top 500 Solar Contractors report offers a glimpse into the current state of the industry and the direction we are heading. There’s much to be gained from assessing the key players and sectors of the industry that have pulled ahead—and those that are falling behind. Read the rest of this entry »