Former President Jimmy Carter Just Made a Solar Farm to Power Half His City
In 1979, in the throes of the U.S. energy crisis, then President Jimmy Carter addressed the nation as he installed 32 solar panels designed to use the Sun's energy to heat water. He told the country, "A generation from now, this solar heater can either be a curiosity, a museum piece, an example of a road not taken, or it can be just a small part of one of the greatest and most exciting adventures ever undertaken by the American people."  More

Harnessing the Power of the Sun on the Seabee Base  
A new solar energy facility is up and running on the Seabee base in Gulfport. This new solar farm will not only produce electricity, it will also produce a sense of security. With the ribbon cutting signaling a new beginning, the 13,000 solar panels are now generating four megawatts of power, enough to run 450 homes. Tony Smith is the project manager with Mississippi Power.  More

Ideal Power and Nextracker Team Up for Solar-Plus-Storage Products
At Intersolar North America, Ideal Power announced a new partnership with NEXTracker. Ideal Power will supply NEXTracker with its 30-kw SunDial storage-enabled multi-port PV string inverter, its 30-kw Stabiliti power conversion system, and a custom NEXTracker-exclusive 15-kw SunDial, which NEXTracker will integrate into its NX Fusion Plus solar-plus-storage product.  More

A Startup Wants Homeowners to Design Their Own Solar Systems
Lennie Moreno believes customer empowerment is key to unlocking the next phase of growth in residential solar, which is why he created Draw My Roof. "I strongly believe the companies... that will win over the market in the long term will succeed because customers have full transparency," said Moreno, CEO of the emerging solar software company Sofdesk and a former solar installer.  More

Orlando's New Solar Plant Takes Shape As Florida's Solar Energy Erupts 
Rising with the toxic ash of coal burned to make electricity for Orlando, a man-made hill east of the city is about to have a new role in energy. The nearly 100-foot-tall landfill has been covered with 20,368 solar panels, conjuring the image of an enormous land beast armored with shiny scales. But while providing unusual scenery in east Orange County, the city's solar plant is a modest presence amid an unprecedented burst of solar power at sites across Florida.  More

Designing Storage For Homes That Don't Have Solar Yet   
Much has been made of the interoperability problem with home energy storage systems. Existing solar customers need battery systems that can connect easily with their legacy equipment. AC-coupled storage has proliferated to solve that problem. When Maine-based Pika Energy got to work designing power electronics for a new residential storage platform, the team decided to go in a different direction.  More

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