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World Climate Summit: Ambitious Goals Must Be Implemented

On Monday, November 30, 2015, the World Climate Summit negotiations will start in Paris. The goal: a world climate agreement to reduce global warming before it’s too late. Up to now, international climate policy has meant no more than minimal consensus. No surprise that expectations for a breakthrough in Paris are subdued. And yet, the chances for successful negotiations are not so bad, after all.

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More Power? Easier Installation? Who Said you can’t improve the best?

The Sunny Boy TL-US line of inverters with Secure Power Supply is now more efficient and easier to install.

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The sun will rise again for PV in Hawaii

Hawaii’s concerns with its exceedingly high levels of distributed power generation are nothing short of well-documented. As a result, Hawaii’s solar market came, according to some local installers, to a screeching halt and people from across our industry quickly began searching for solutions to get solar installs back on track.

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5 Remarkable Uses of Solar

Mont Blanc Solar Hotel

Solar has become the new norm and can be seen on rooftops and in large-scale commercial projects all over the world.  It has become a key component in many fascinating projects that might give us a sneak peak at what the future holds. Here we’ll introduce five interesting solar projects that push the boundaries of technology.

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SMART LEASING: A Conversation with Sunrun Co-Founder Ed Fenster

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More and more Americans are using photovoltaics to become independent from rising electricity prices. However, most of them are no longer purchasing their PV systems; instead, they are choosing a complete solar service package, an option that is also referred to as solar leasing. Leasing instead of buying–a business model that established itself in the automobile industry years ago–could also become a worldwide model for success in the solar sector. Discussing this option below are Edward Fenster, co-founder and CEO of Sunrun, a pioneer in the solar leasing business model, and Bates Marshall, vice president of the medium power solutions business group at SMA America

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Think Google Maps for Solar. Think PV Potential.

NYC Solar Map LiDAR, Sustainable CUNY

Think Google Maps for solar. This is what the Australian PV Association (APVA) plans to produce. The APVA is investing in an interactive solar mapping web interface and working in collaboration with utilities, policy stakeholders and universities to execute the project. The map will combine 3D solar modelling with layers of data to identify potential PV areas, demonstrate PV generation and track the growth of solar across Australia.

Homeowners, installers, utility providers, city planners and local policy makers can all benefit from the data acquired from solar maps, but can Australia capture the real potential of this tool to develop a sustainable solar marketplace across the country?

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An Off-Grid Journey with Solar Legends Ezra and Melinda Auerbach

Melinda and Ezra Auerbach

It is an early fall morning at the SMA America manufacturing facility located in Denver, Colorado. I have my personal belongings packed away in my car and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my SMA America off-grid colleague and battery-based inverter expert, Roy Dyngen.

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Tokelau – the First Country with 100 % Solar Energy

Tokelau

Tokelau is one of the world’s most remote countries – and the first to generate its energy supply using only photovoltaics. We spoke with Alexander Kaemmerer of SMA Australia, who spent almost a month in Tokelau supporting the project, training Tokelauans to operate the plants and demonstrating to the clients how to proceed with the rest of the commissioning.

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