Solar & Renewable Power

Pop-up PV

With no foundation required, the SolarZone charging and shade structure allows for power virtually anywhere. Completely prefabricated, its capacity allows for lights to be on for 8 hours; or four hours of wireless phone charging per day; or eight hours of computer charging per day. It comes with four wireless charging outlets, four 110V outlets, and LED lighting. Total wattage: 1,800W; Nominal battery capacity: 4,800 Wh (24V, 200Ah); Allowable depth of discharge: 50%; Maximum continuous load ( at 77°F): 700W (exclusive of lights). MSRP: $17,500 for base unit with local Bluetooth data monitoring; $250 for bench (0-4 benches per unit).

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A Good Match

The s-5-T Mini-clamps were selected to attach solar panels onto the new 238T symmetrical standing seam roof of McElroy Metals’ Clinton, Ill., facility. Featuring a two-piece design for easy installation anywhere along the panel seam, the mini clamps are specifically designed to fit profiles with a “T”-shaped seam configuration.

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Lithium Ion done Differently

Blue Ion LX-HV battery systems use a ferrous phosphate chemistry that requires no rare minerals and is more stable than other lithium ion designs. The batteries are backed by a 15-year performance warranty, and Blue Planet Energy offers a suite of accompanying services, including project design, installation support and operations and maintenance services.

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Grid-in-a-Box

The Solar Container brings together prewired solar panels, batteries and an inverter in a single shipping container for easy, plug-and-play installation for both backup power and peak-shaving. Multiple units can be combined for both grid-tied and off-grid operations.

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All-Electric Apartment Development

A new apartment complex in Herriman, Utah, is offering residents clean energy living and greater energy resilience along with access to EV charging and a club house with a pool and fitness center. Soleil Lofts is a 600-unit, all-electric development that uses rooftop solar and a battery storage system from Sonnen in every residence to form a 12.6 MW-hour “virtual power plant” (VPP). Though the $34 million VPP is owned by project developer The Wasatch Group, it will be managed by the local utility, Rocky Mountain Power (RMP). The utility will be able to operate the community’s aggregated battery output to help power residents during high-demand periods. And, the combination

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Solar PV Options

Pvilion’s single-pole, 16-ft. × 16-ft. Solar Sail is a lightweight, but durable PVC-coated polyester fabric structure that delivers 800W. The 13-ft. × 15-ft. double-pole option delivers 500W, but provides greater shading.

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Connecting People, Technology and Nature

The GO OutdoorTable brings integrated solar power to support formal and informal activities, individuals and groups, in a variety of postures. GO has a sleek and simple profile, a smooth, flat top that provides an ideal surface for writing, and rounded edges that offer a comfortable perch.

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UC Davis West Village Neighborhood

Live/Work Lifestyle

UC Davis West Village, the nation’s largest planned zero net energy community, continues to work toward its goal of producing 100 percent of the energy it uses.A 2015 report released by UC Davis and the West Village Community Partnership LLC said the community is 82 percent of its way toward reaching zero net energy, or ZNE. The analysis covers the time period between September 2013 and August 2014. “The neighborhood is close to where we want it to be, but we still are not at the finish line,” said Sid England, assistant vice chancellor of the UC Davis Office of Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability. “I think we’re on track to get to 100 percent in t

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Solar Appeal

The Snap-Clad 24-gauge panels in Weathered Zinc added to the farmhouse-styled design on this Chicago residence by Evanston, Ill.-based Kipnis Architecture + Planning. Standing-seam metal roofing provided an easy attachment option for rooftop solar panels. The seams allowed for solar panels to be clamped into place without need for roofing penetration.

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Green Gas

While gas stations aren’t typically the first thing to come to mind when someone says “green building,” a St. Louis area gas station challenges that perception. The ZOOM station’s unconventional-looking canopy over its gas pumps supports a two-way solar panel system capable of producing 109,000 kWh of electricity annually—enough to power most of the station and its convenience store and car wash. Manufactured by Prism Solar Technologies, the glass-on-glass solar panels can generate 35% more energy per watt than traditional modules via advanced bifacial N-type silicon cell technology that can generate electricity on both its front and back surfaces. The panels al

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