Sunmetrix Go and Track: a solution for "Solar Net Metering with Green Button" - Catalyst - by IdeaScale For every homeowner who already has solar panels installed, there are 99 homeowners who do not. Track 2.0, an online product by Sunmetrix, addresses the problem statement, by considering those homeowners who already have solar panels. But what if we could mobilize the other 99 homeowners with a similarly useful tool? Both of these products provide day-to-day solar performance data by using satellite images and proprietary algorithms. Making a solar energy purchase involves a complex decision. Objectives: We believe that giving consumers easy to understand electricity consumption and generation information, as well as a chance to try solar before they buy can bring multiple benefits: 1) Increased awareness about the advantages of solar power 2) Better understanding of the performance of solar panels on their rooftop 3) More confidence that solar power can meet most of their power needs Usability is a prime design-driver for Sunmetrix Track 2.0 and Go. Track 2.0 and Go are unique offerings.
Making Very Accurate Timers - Electronics Find out about how to make very accurate electronic timers home > electronicsWe have previously published many articles about electronic timers - ranging from short interval timers using the common 555 IC, long interval (multi-hour) timers using a 4060B binary counter IC, and repeat timer circuits which use both. We have also looked at commercial 12V programmable timer switches, and how battery powered programmable thermostats can be modified to operate as (more affordable) equivalents. In this article we will look into how an accurate timer can be put together which will keep good time for weeks or months at a time. The Importance of Timer Accuracy Timers built around the 555 IC are only accurate up to a few minutes - after about 20 minutes that they can become wildly inaccurate. How do Clocks Keep Time Even the cheapest watch or clock can keep time accurately to within a few seconds per 24 hours, so we should look at how they work. Making an Accurate Electronic Timer Buy a Timer electronics
sunmetrix Track is a fun and easy way to keep an eye on the electricity production of your solar power system. By merging near real-time weather data for your site and our powerful algorithms, we can help you keep track of how much power you generate, and the value of that power. We analyze the weather, so that you can focus on what matters most: making the most out of your solar investment. As a homeowner, did you ever wonder if solar is right for you? Track Home Demo Do you have a large scale solar operation? Track Pro Demo Track Home is the perfect tool for home owners who have solar panels on their roofs or are curious to see the impact solar panels can have on their life. Absolutely free to try. No need to install any equipment Customize your system Works on your desktop PC, tablet and smart phone Track your expected production day by day Track Pro brings you all the benefits above, and more! All of Track Home features Dashboard access to easily Track multiple sites Monitor up to 10 sites Register
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Revolution Solar | Denver, Colorado - Solar Power For Everyone Solar Photovoltaic Technology Basics A large silicon solar array installed on the roof of a commercial building. Thin-film solar tiles installed on the roof of a home in Ohio. A large solar array in Germany. Solar cells, also called photovoltaic (PV) cells by scientists, convert sunlight directly into electricity. PV gets its name from the process of converting light (photons) to electricity (voltage), which is called the PV effect. The PV effect was discovered in 1954, when scientists at Bell Telephone discovered that silicon (an element found in sand) created an electric charge when exposed to sunlight. Traditional solar cells are made from silicon, are usually flat-plate, and generally are the most efficient. Third-generation solar cells are being made from a variety of new materials besides silicon, including solar inks using conventional printing press technologies, solar dyes, and conductive plastics. Learn more and watch this video from the National Center for Photovoltaics at NREL. Solar PV Technology BasicsU.S.
43572.pdf Landmark Report Released by IREC: Easing the Transition to a More Distributed Electricity System | Interstate Renewable Energy Council Easing the Transition: The Changing Roles of Consumers, Utilities and Regulators Within the Regulatory Compact Multiple compounding factors are driving national movement toward a more modern electricity grid, one that enables a cleaner energy future. A thought-leading report released today by the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) offers a unique look at easing that transition, and offers five insightful approaches for state utility regulators who, ultimately, will facilitate this transition through the rules and regulations that govern the electricity system and electric utilities. A modern grid will allow for increases in the amount of clean energy produced and universal consumer access, including through distributed generation, for example on-site solar or wind power. It must also include integrated resource planning, two-way flow of energy and information, and increased reliability, security and resiliency, according to IREC. Download the report Image: 123RF.com/kennytong
net-metering-application.pdf FPL | Clean Energy | Net Metering Guidelines Customer-Owned Renewable Generation Grid Interconnections The goal of Net Metering is to offset all or part of the customer's energy use at the customer's metered service account. To offset your energy use at the retail rate (the highest rate) the output from your renewable generator must be used behind the meter where it is connected. Any energy not consumed behind the meter will be sent to the grid and will be accumulated in a "bank" to be drawn on every month as needed to offset future energy used from FPL. In the last billing cycle month of each calendar year (December) all excess energy (accrued as kilowatt-hours or kwh) in the "bank" will be settled to your account as a credit. Guidelines Renewable generator systems connected to the grid without batteries are not a stand by power source during an FPL outage. If the switch is separate from the meter, it should be close to and readily accessible from the meter location.
SolarRebate_Checklist_PV.pdf Helping homeowners harness the sun (Cross-posted from the Green Blog) Imagine sitting on your patio watching the sun’s rays pass overhead, knowing that they power your home with clean energy—at a cost that’s less that what you would have paid using just the grid. That’s what my colleague, engineer Michael Flaster, has been doing at his home in Menlo Park, Calif. since March of this year. He did it with the help of a company called SolarCity, which enables homeowners and businesses to begin using solar energy to power their homes and buildings. Today, we’re announcing that we’ve investing $280 million to create a fund that will help SolarCity finance more solar installations across the country. In SolarCity’s innovative financing model, the company covers installation and maintenance of the system over the life of the lease. We believe the world needs a wide range of clean energy options in the future, each serving different needs.