What happened in solar this month? Check out these must-read updates from around the industry. Read the rest of this entry »
SEIA recently released its fifth annual Solar Means Business report, which tracks solar adoptions by some of the largest corporations in the US. This year’s top 10 commercial solar-goers list saw Target nab the top spot from long-standing leader Walmart.
Competition aside, the Solar Means Business report 2016 offered a lot of insight into the state of commercial solar, how we interact with corporate solar in our daily lives, and where the industry can improve. Read the rest of this entry »
For energy solutions provider Alliant Energy, demonstrating a commitment to sustainability and clean energy is an important part of their mission. And their high-profile solar carports stand testament to this mission in front of the company’s headquarters.
Much of the critical work on the carports were done mid-winter in Madison, WI—a city that is no stranger to heavy snows and frigid winter temperatures. Despite these unfavorable conditions, the installation was completed successfully and safely.
Inverted structures were used for the carports to direct rain and snow to a single gutter system. This design helps to avoid large amounts of snow shedding and prevent the possibility of falling snow and ice from injuring those below. A larger clearance height on the outer edge of the carport was chosen to reduce tall vehicle collisions and for aesthetics.
While these covered parking spaces are not the closest to the building’s entrances, they are the first spots to fill up each morning. Alliant Energy employees typically need to arrive an hour early to work to find a space under the protection of the solar canopies. 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 »