Batteries + Energy Storage

Since the dawn of the electric age, utilities have controlled the generation and delivery of electricity to end users, maintaining a constant balance between supply and demand for a commodity that’s both created and consumed in the same instant.

The rise of distributed energy resources, whether from rooftop solar PV, industrial and commercial cogeneration plants, or self-contained microgrid systems, is bringing more and more customer-generated electricity onto that grid.

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Solar ITC Extended, Huge Public Market Investment in Solar: What it Means for 2021

The solar industry’s year ended with good news for 2021, and other positive headlines may be coming. Not only did the industry see high public market investment in 2020. The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) was extended. 

“The solar industry looks fantastic,” says Sean White, instructor of HeatSpring’s  58-Hour  NABCEP Advanced PV certification Training and PV […]

Energy Storage Basics: Sean White’s New Book

Instructor Sean White just published his latest book, “Energy Storage Basics” on Amazon. Sean has written other books, but it’s still a big deal and we want to congratulate him on this latest release.

We asked Sean why he wrote the book and who it’s for. Here’s what Sean said:

Energy Storage is the hot topic […]

December 17th, 2020|Categories: Energy Storage, Solar Plus Storage|Tags: , |

Protecting Firefighters and Solar Homes with Rapid Shutdown During Wildfire Season

When Sean White meets firefighters, he often asks what they do if they encounter solar homes during wildfires. Do they rush to protect the homes?

In the past, the answer was no, says White, instructor of HeatSpring’s 40-Hour NABCEP Advanced PV Certification and CEUs course. He’s the author of numerous books about solar and was the […]

New Standards Aim to Ensure Storage is Safe But Fail to Distinguish Among Battery Chemistries

A lithium-ion battery in a container near Phoenix owned by Arizona Public Service (APS) caught fire in April 2019, then other batteries in the container caught fire, releasing explosive gas and sparking an explosion that hurt several first responders.

Such battery fires, prompted by high temperatures resulting from mechanical failure, damage to the batteries or short […]

October 14th, 2020|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

Load Modeling Tool Helps Users Decide How to Best Use Solar, Storage & Controls

To make the most effective use of solar, it’s critical to know when and how a customer is using power–and see if there’s a match between load and solar availability.

While this seems like a simple idea, using a load modeling tool can help potential solar customers uncover details about their usage they hadn’t considered before […]