Category: Green & Clean

  • Q&AWM: Discussing the hidden value of hangers

    Affordable Wire Management (AWM) was founded by three engineers who believed new product options were needed in large scale wire and cable management. CEO Scott Rand (formerly with Merit Controls and First Solar) and CTO Dan Smith (formerly with Array and First Solar) got the ball rolling in 2020, and Peter Hruby (formerly with First……

  • To grade or not to grade? How SIFT determines optimal layouts for challenging solar sites

    We focus a lot on the new structural solutions engineered by solar tracker manufacturers to mitigate challenges from undulating and difficult terrain — shorter torque tubes, ground screw foundations, more robust bearings, and so on. But those tools are only deployed after a thorough site assessment. Site assessment is another area of crucial innovation in……

  • 12 takeaways from VDE tracker hail stow strategies report

    Protecting solar facilities from damaging weather can save project stakeholders big in the long run. A new report from VDE Americas and Wells Fargo Renewable Energy & Environmental Finance provides actionable strategies for the best way to stow trackers during a hail storm or other similar event. Published Feb. 14, “Best Practices for Hail Stow of Single-Axis……

  • Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship accepting applications to support energy construction

    The Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship is now accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year. Awarded to students interested in pursuing a career in energy construction, applications for the $2,500 scholarship are due by May 31. Students can submit applications through the SkillsUSA website at skillsusa.org.   The Bob Westphal Memorial Scholarship is a five-year program that was established……

  • Fire safety code conundrums continue for battery suppliers

    Manufacturers of batteries for stationary energy storage are facing a moving target for fire safety code as written by the leading U.S. defining body for fire safety, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). NFPA Code 855 is now in its third iteration, with a fourth and fifth already in the works. National electric codes follow……