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29 June

CITEL TO EXHIBIT 2016-READY SPD’S AT INTERSOLAR NORTH AMERICA 2014

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Below is the press release from one of the presenters at InterSolar North America in San Francisco, CA in July 8-10, 2014.

CITEL TO EXHIBIT 2016-READY SPD’S AT INTERSOLAR NORTH AMERICA 2014

Miramar, FL – May, 2014 – CITEL, the leader in photovoltaic surge protective devices, is excited to announce that their 2016-ready SPD’s will be featured at Intersolar North America this July. “We are excited to show the solar community our surge protective devices at Intersolar 2014.” said Patrick Coyle, VP of CITEL, “Our SPD’s have been specifically engineered to meet the protection needs of PV systems and ready for the UL updates in 2016.” CITEL continues to lead the way in the solar industry by developing innovative surge protection solutions specifically for photovoltaic applications now reaching up to 1500 vdc.

By their remote nature, Photovoltaic (PV) systems are highly exposed and vulnerable to lightning induced power surges. A PV system that is not equipped with surge protection can be severely damaged or even destroyed in the case of an over voltage such as one that would be caused by a lightning strike. Not only are the panels themselves targets for lightning, so are inverters, combiner boxes, feeder lines, structural supports, and even data lines throughout the system. The risk is so high that international standards have been written specifying the type and locations of SPD’s in a PV installation. A full surge risk assessment is an important step when installing a PV system, in order to identify any safety requirements.

Surge protective devices are essential in order to achieve the ROI that fully operating PV systems are designed to provide. SPD’s provide reassurance that the system will be protected in the lightning-prone environment in which it is placed, thus protecting the investment and avoiding costly downtime, repairs, and replacements. It is essential that anybody considering a PV installation also incorporates the protection of an SPD.

Some of CITEL’s surge protective devices that will be displayed at Intersolar North America are:
 DS60VGPV – UL Type 1 CA DC SPD’s
 DS50VGPV – UL Type 1 CA DC SPD’s
 DS50PVS – UL Type 1 CA DC SPD’s
 DS2x0S-xxDC – Type 2 DC or AC SPD’s
The DS60 and DS50 family of SPD’s are also 2016-ready. By 2016, all UL1449 3rd Edition SPD’s will be required to test and publish a short circuit current rating (SCCR) and pass the intermediate current tests in order to comply with more stringent SPD component assembly standard. The DS60 and DS50 products also have the option to feature CITEL’s patented VG Technology. VG Technology provides the key benefits of increased life expectancy, elimination of leakage current, elimination of working current, and will meet the most stringent UL standards with no conditions of acceptability.
CITEL is proud to have the opportunity to exhibit at Intersolar North America 2014 and to share about the necessity of surge protection in photovoltaic systems as well as the upcoming changes to UL. Please stop by booth 8638 to visit CITEL and learn more! About CITEL: Since 1937, CITEL has manufactured a complete line of surge protective devices to protect sensitive equipment from the harmful effects of lightning strikes and other line disturbances. CITEL is a world leader in surge protection solutions and provides a wide range of specialized protective products and components including:  AC Power Surge Protectors  DC Power Surge Protectors  Photovoltaic Surge Protectors  Dataline Surge Protectors  Coaxial Surge Protectors  Gas Discharge Tubes
CITEL is an ISO-9001 company that designs SPD’s to the leading international standards including; UL1449, UL497A, UL497B, UL497E, UL1283, IEC-61643, CSA, VDE, NF, and GOST.
About Intersolar North America: Intersolar North America takes place annually in San Francisco’s Moscone Center. Since its establishment in 2008, the exhibition and conference have developed into the premier platform for the solar industry in North America. The exhibition focuses on the areas of photovoltaics, PV production technologies, energy storage and solar thermal technologies. It is co-located with SEMICON West and, since its founding, has become the international industry’s meeting point for manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, service providers and partners of the solar industry.

CONTACT: CITEL Inc. – Alissa Jean Schafer, Marketing & Communications Manager 10108 USA Today Way, Miramar FL, 33020 – 954.430.6310 aschafer@citel.us

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27 June

InterSolar North America 2014 in July, 2014

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Solar enthusiasts, there are quite a few fantastic upcoming events that you might be interested in attending. We’re starting with the upcoming InterSolar North America Conference of 2014, in July:

InterSolar North America Conference of 2014  will take place between July 7-9, 2014 (Exhibition from July 8-10, 2014), in San Francisco, CA (USA). Conference will be located at InterContinental Hotel San Francisco, 888 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103 Conference Area at Level 3-5. Exhibition will take place at Moscone Center, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA  94103.  This is the most attended solar exhibition in North America. To get a view of what took place last year in InterSolar North America 2013, video below:

 

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21 June

Grupo Clavijo Supplying Trackers For 40MW PV Installations in Chile & Opening Office in Santiago de Chile

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Grupo Clavijo 1 Axis Solar Tracker Installation in Spain (credit: Grupo Clavijo)

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Press Release

Grupo Clavijo begins supplying trackers for a 40 MW photovoltaic installation in Chile, and opens an office in the capital.

Spanish company Grupo Clavijo has begun supplying horizontal single-axis trackers for the Chañares project, an 40 MW installation in the Chilean region of Atacama, with Greenwood Biosar Chile Spa (Aktor Group) acting as the main EPC contractor.

Clavijo also is announcing the opening of an office in Santiago de Chile, to be led by sales manager Cristina Clavijo.

The horizontal single-axis trackers used in this installation feature high performance, robustness, simplicity and quick assembly. Adaptable to all terrain types, they support multiple configurations and monitoring options. They are currently among the most advanced horizontal single-axis trackers on the market worldwide, having already been installed by Clavijo in Eilat (Israel), Hanford and Fairfield (USA), Zuera (Spain) and the Halutziot project (Israel).

This project, paired with the new office, will consolidate Grupo Clavijo’s presence in Chile and will drive the development of photovoltaic projects in the country. Grupo Clavijo specialises in the design, manufacture, installation and maintenance of the most extensive range of photovoltaic structures and solar trackers on the market. With more than 480 MW installed worldwide, it is a benchmark for developers, installers and EPC contractors of photovoltaic projects around the world.

Grupo Clavijo Chile Office:

c/ Orinoco, 90 Torre 1 Piso 21

Nueva Apoquindo, Las Condes. Santiago (Chile)

T. +(56 2) 25737768cristina@grupoclavijo.net

 

More information:

ruben@grupoclavijo.net

www.grupoclavijo.net

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20 June

ANSI/IREC Standard 14732:2014 Is Here!

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ANSI/IREC Standard 14732:2014

 

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Contact: Laure-Jeanne Davignon

email: laurejeanne@irecusa.org

 

IREC Clean Energy Certificate Standard Approved by ANSI

as an American National Standard

June 20, 2014 – A new national standard for the accreditation of clean energy education/training certificate programs, developed by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), has received final approval from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as an American National Standard. IREC was accredited by ANSI in 2013 as a standards developing organization, leading the nation in clean energy education/training credentials and standards.

 

“We’re very proud to receive this recognition from ANSI,” said IREC President/CEO Jane Weissman. “It demonstrates that IREC has exemplified best practices, and truly listened to all sectors of industry in developing these requirements. A program accredited to this national, consensus-based standard distinguishes itself as meeting high-quality education and training requirements that were developed with significant industry input – so the skills of graduates match the needs of clean energy jobs.”

 

ANSI/IREC Standard 14732-2014 was developed by an independent, subject matter expert working group of the IREC Standards Committee, working closely with industry leaders so that the standard is aligned with specific job task analysis, and linked to real-world skills needed by individuals entering the clean energy workforce. Certificate programs that apply for accreditation under the standard may be hosted by a variety of institutions, including colleges, industry training groups, for-profit organizations, or unions.

“Workforce education is so crucial to the development of our industry, and we saw that folks were confused by the proliferation of ‘green’ certificates,” said Laure-Jeanne Davignon, director of the IREC Credentialing Program. “IREC wanted a means for prospective students, employers and ultimately consumers to identify high quality clean energy certificate programs that prepare graduates with market-valued skills needed by industry.”

The IREC Standards Committee and the working groups who develop and revise IREC’s standards help to ensure industry validation and acceptance.

“With IREC, the Standards Committee would like to thank all of the stakeholders who participated in the vital process of developing a consensus-based standard,” said Standards Committee Chair Sydney Roberts, of Southface Energy Institute. “With this ANSI/IREC Standard, IREC continues to show leadership in building the workforce of renewable energy and energy efficiency professionals.”

For questions about IREC’s standards development activities: credentialing@irecusa.org, or call (518) 621-7379.

Download ANSI/IREC Standard 14732 (PDF 636 KB)


About IREC
The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) is a non-profit organization accelerating the use of renewable energy and energy efficiency since 1982.  Its programs and policies lead to easier, more affordable connection to the utility grid; fair credit for renewable energy produced; best practices for states, municipalities, utilities and industries. IREC is a respected resource and national leader in quality assessment, workforce development, consumer protection and stakeholder coordination. Since 2005, IREC has provided a foundation for the growing clean energy workforce through the credentialing of trainers and training programs and through the development of quality standards. As of June 2013, IREC is an accredited American National Standards Developer. For more information, visit http://www.irecusa.org

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19 June

Let’s Take Part In-Indiegogo Campaign For Solar Roadway!

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Remember our TRON-The Solar Roadway in Our Future post back in May of this year? As it turned out, the Brusaws (Scott & Julie) are running an Indiegogo campaign for the Solar Roadway that is still going on until 11:59 PM (PT), June 20, 2014. There are still more time that you may participate. Don’t miss this chance to take part in a fantastic campaign!

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11 June

What Does A Downgrade of U.S. Electricity Sector From Barclays Mean

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Distributed Solar Power at Googleplex (credit: Creative Commons)

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Have you ever heard of Barclays?

Barclays is a British multinational banking and financial services company headquartered in London. It is a universal bank with operations in retail, wholesale and investment banking, as well as wealth management, mortgage lending and credit cards. It has operations in over 50 countries and territories and has around 48 million customers. As of 31 December 2011 Barclays had total assets of US$2.42 trillion, the seventh-largest of any bank worldwide. This PLC (public limited company) organization has been around since 1690, obviously with plenty of experience in observing and forecasting trends of various types.

Well, recently Barclays downgraded the whole U.S. electricity sector, listing it as “underweight.” That means Barclays have little confidence in U.S. electric utilities being able to keep up with the broader economic growth trends. The critical factor lies in the disruptive solar-plus-battery systems. In this Barclays report:

Over the next few years… we believe that a confluence of declining cost trends in distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) power generation and residential-scale power storage is likely to disrupt the status quo. Based on our analysis, the cost of solar + storage for residential consumers of electricity is already competitive with the price of utility grid power in Hawaii. Of the other major markets, California could follow in 2017, New York and Arizona in 2018, and many other states soon after.

In the 100-plus year history of the electric utility industry, there has never before been a truly cost-competitive substitute available for grid power. We believe that solar + storage could reconfigure the organisation and regulation of the electric power business over the coming decade.

Some of you out there may have previously come across another recent report, The Economics of Grid Defection, with similar language or logic, by the Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI).  RMI was forecasting the declining costs of solar plus storage and the soon-to-arrive days when when those systems could reach parity with grid-sourced retail price electricity in a growing number of markets, including Hawaii, California, and New York. In fact, the Barclays report cites RMI as a key source in several of its analyses that lead to this conclusion.
Barclays believes we’re entering a post-monopoly world in which distributed energy resources will take place alongside large-scale central generation as a critical energy resource and a widely available and affordable customer option. In a surprisingly strong prediction for analysts, Barclays views this transition as inevitable: “Whatever roadblocks utilities try to toss up—and there’s already been plenty of tossing in the states most vulnerable to solar, further evidence of the pressures they’re facing—it’s already too late.”  A downgrade suggests two possible outcomes in the near future: 1) analysts tend to move in herds, so expect more news on the U.S. electric sector soon, and 2) capital is likely to get a bit more expensive for utilities, as millions of dollars shift out of the sector.  It’s not all bad news, as indicated recently in “Caveat Investor,” this should ultimately lead to a stronger, more resilient power sector with stronger overall valuations, but the transition is likely to be volatile. The Barclays report suggests we’re about to enter that volatile transition phase.
To learn and quote from Rocky Mountain Institute, what does a utility downgrade mean for the future of distributed renewables, 4 points are listed below:

1) Distributed energy is hitting the mainstream. Historically, it’s renewables’ creditworthiness that has been challenged (while utilities have been considered rock solid), but now this trend appears to be reversing. We’ve seen declining costs of capital in solar (as recent securitizations demonstrate), new financial instruments emerging for related technologies, and lower costs overall. Despite this progress, there is still a large gap between the market acceptance of renewables and the market acceptance of central, fossil-fueled generation. The recent downgrade suggests that people are starting to take distributed renewables seriously, and that utilities and renewables are entering a period of equal (or at least comparable) market strength.

2) Issuing new bonds for thermal fossil generation will become more expensive. While many people focus on the construction costs of new assets (central and distributed generation alike), it’s more often the cost of capital that determines project viability. Traditionally, utilities have almost always been the lowest-cost provider of new energy resources, and part of this advantage has rested on ready access to and favorable terms from the bond market. If that advantage is eroding, then expect new players to be able to compete for providing the nation’s energy, including providers of much smaller, distributed generation.

3) Distributed storage, when combined with already mature trends in generation and energy efficiency, compounds the disruptive threat of consumer-scale investments in energy. Many people have worried that declining demand (through energy efficiency) and distributed generation are putting enormous stress on the traditional business model for investments in central generation. That has not changed at all. So why does the emergence of storage, something that doesn’t reduce consumption or increase generation, suddenly give the markets concern? Simply put, the addition of storage gives customers the option to entirely disengage from their relationship with the utility. While most customers won’t choose to leave, and for good reasons, the threat of grid defection creates consumer leverage that will slow recent upward trends in utility rates out of competitive necessity.

4) These trends are likely to accelerate. As capital shifts from central to distributed generation, this just improves the economics of distributed resources even further, through scale benefits as well as lower cost of capital. Few people would say that we’ve even come close to market saturation for any customer segment for renewables and efficiency. As the traditional electric sector becomes a more challenging place to park capital (or even just a less certain place), more investors will start to notice that investments in distributed resources have similar risk-reward profiles, and this movement of capital will be self-reinforcing.

Distributed generation is likely to be an affordable and accessible choice for more and more customers alongside traditional utility-provided electricity. More options means more competition and increased relevance of the customer. And that’s an upgrade for users of electricity everywhere.

Perhaps this is also a time of warning for the U.S. utilities to take action in making greater effort in encouraging environment that would help to provide incentives for consumers to stay on the grid rather than defecting from the grid. On this topic, please feel free to refer to one of our earlier posts, In-Depth Analysis of Renewable Energy Policy With Toby D. Couture.

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10 June

White House’s Updates on Energy-Environment (Climate Change)

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Our President Obama has taken unprecedented action to build the foundation for a Clean Energy Economy, tackling the issue of Climate Change, and protect our Environment. I would like you all to be aware of this particular site, http://www.whitehouse.gov/energy, where you can sign up for energy and environment updates and be kept abreast of White House’s strategy on energy and environment. Below, is a short video clip representing President Obama’s position on Climate Change:


Be sure to contact our White House and President with your concern regarding energy and climate change/environment issues. Together, we can help to create a cleaner, healthier, and sunnier future.
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