The Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) today announced the launch of a three-year, $2.1 million project, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), to reduce barriers to widespread adoption of distributed energy resources (DERs) by providing education and resources to expand the knowledge of 30,000 safety professionals.

Lightning’s perfect storm for destruction is on the solar field. Solar panels’ large—and often exposed and isolated—location make surge protection critical for it to last its lifespan.

When the IREC staff member asked our committee to identify the primary elements for approval of a residential PV design we identified three: structural, fire, and electrical.

Without a supply of energy to replenish the battery, the benefit of an ESS can be limited in a prolonged outage. A combination of solar and storage and energy management of supply and loads are needed to make electricity supply reliable to the homeowner and business owner.

Let’s take a look at some of the more significant changes impacting photovoltaic (PV) installations once the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) is validated by the NFPA Standards Council.

Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology hope to help modify state- and local-level recycling efforts by educating current owners about disposal options.

By now, we’ve all had the opportunity to experience a PV wiring system, whether installing, inspecting, or encountering alongside other electrical work.

Energy storage systems help us to realize the true benefits of renewables and advanced grid technologies. They mitigate intermittencies and unlock the potential of solar and wind power by storing clean energy as it is created, so that it can be used when it is actually needed.

Like the ever-changing sustainable energy industry, our wiring methods are also evolving. The increase in outdoor installations opens new opportunities for more innovative products to help solve today’s new challenges.