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 »
As the solar industry continues to grow, so do the number of solar companies and installers. You might be looking at your options wondering “how do I choose the right partners?” The good news is you’re asking the right question. Your solar team should be just that—a partnership. Going solar is a big decision, and like any major-league life change, you want the right team at your side. Here are a few tips for selecting the best players for your solar team. Read the rest of this entry »
As you begin your solar journey, one of the first steps is to determine whether your home is a candidate for rooftop solar. Several resources are available to give you an early assessment of the feasibility of solar for your house. Though a solar professional will evaluate multiple factors like roof type, roof condition, the direction your home faces, and the region you’re in, solar calculators and estimators are a good way to begin setting realistic expectations for how a solar power system could contribute to your energy needs. Read the rest of this entry »
Just a few years ago, solar thermophotovoltaics (STPV) was more of a theory than an actuality. The idea behind STPV is that the efficiency of solar modules will improve significantly if certain materials are used to trap the sun’s heat before it reaches the module. Photovoltaics, however, have always had certain limitations, as they can convert only a portion of sunlight into electricity. Since 1961, this limit—known as the Shockley-Quiesser limit, was thought to cap a solar cell’s efficiency around 32 percent. Read the rest of this entry »