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Turning Toward the Sun

To boost its power generation capabilities, a client set its sights on a utility-scale solar project — spanning 106 acres. Using EPC project delivery, we created a solar field to follow the movement of the sun and convert the solar energy captured into enough electricity to serve 3,300 homes.

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With a little creativity and a lot of exploration, complex energy storage technologies can evolve into cost-effective, scalable solutions.

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Tracking the Life Span of PV Power Systems

There are limited studies on the long-term performance and degradation of utility-scale photovoltaic power plants. Explore a comprehensive summary using a refreshed literature survey and systematic data analysis of power plants in operation for over five years.

The Solar Squeeze

With large amounts of photovoltaic generation on the horizon, utilities are implementing smart solar interconnection, after learning from others’ experiences.

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Documenting the Renewable Energy Standards of Top U.S. Corporations

Corporate America has made vast strides to integrate renewable energy into its facilities as sustainable goals. Based on a review of how some of the top U.S. companies incorporate renewable forms of energy into operations, it’s possible to identify and learn from the powerful impact of their leadership.

What to Know for Solar Builds

With costs dropping, renewable mandates increasing and the solar ITC scheduled to decline, interest in solar is high. A changing marketplace, however, is complicating the development of new utility-scale solar farms. Now, more than ever, contractor knowledge and experience in the current landscape are critical for successful completion.

Bifacial Modules: There Are Two Sides to Every Solar Panel

Most of today’s solar panels collect solar irradiance from only the front side of the panel, which faces the sun. A new generation of bifacial panels capable of capturing light reflected off the ground onto the back side of the panel may be a game changer.

Seven Questions to Consider for Offshore Wind Transmission

The U.S. offshore wind market has potential to supply vast amounts of clean, renewable energy to millions of homes and businesses. Turning it into reality will involve addressing many challenges. Among them: convincing power industry stakeholders to agree on how to connect this offshore generation to the onshore electric grid.

Lessons the U.S. Offshore Wind Market Can — and Can’t — Learn From Europe

It’s estimated the U.S. has over 2,000 GW of offshore wind potential — four times the amount of electricity needed to power the country. Given Europe’s 15-year head start in this sector, U.S. developers might be tempted to take an identical approach. But it’s not that simple.

Empowering Renewable Energy to Cross U.S.-Mexico Border

Baja California in Mexico offers some of the strongest wind resources on the West Coast. For all the minute details involved in developing a major wind farm to help serve demand in nearby Southern California, Sempra and IEnova turned to us, a frequent partner on wind projects, for owner’s engineer services.

Overcoming Renewable Energy Obstacles With Reciprocating Engines

As the demand for flexible, efficient electricity rises, the market is beginning to recognize the compatibility of reciprocating engine generators with the intermittent energy supply created by wind and solar. Boasting performance benefits over gas turbine alternatives, the market for reciprocating engines is rapidly expanding.

Unlock a 100% Renewable Energy Solution

The City of Denton, Texas, announced plans to increase renewable energy use to 100 percent by 2020. But before adding more solar and wind power to its energy portfolio, it first would need a way to produce power when renewable sources were unavailable. And it would need it quickly.

Supply Chain Challenges Facing U.S. Offshore Wind Projects

Tapping into the wind resources off the U.S. coastline has the potential to provide clean energy resources and bring economic prosperity through direct and indirect job creation. However, developers must address highly specialized supply considerations to meet schedule, budget and long-term operational needs.

Floating Foundations: The Next Frontier In Offshore Wind Power

Most offshore wind power generation projects to date have been developed in shallow ocean waters where foundation structures could be affixed to the ocean floor. However, the more powerful wind resources found above deeper coastal waters and farther out at sea have largely gone untapped. The development of new floating foundations may soon change that.

Charting a Course to Grid Stability: Offshore Wind Project Challenges and Solutions

As the number of offshore wind projects continues to grow, addressing grid interconnection challenges is critical for these systems to successfully fit in the evolving power grid. Maintaining system frequency and voltage stability while supplying sufficient short circuit current is key for offshore wind projects to achieve grid stability.

Flow Batteries Offer Utilities Another Energy Storage Option

Lithium-ion technology dominates the market for battery energy storage systems, but redox flow battery technology is gaining traction as an energy storage alternative that can make economic sense under several scenarios for utility-scale applications.

Promising Outlook for Lithium-Ion Battery Technology — Once Risks Are Addressed

Lithium-ion batteries have become the technology of choice for utility-scale energy storage configurations. Further growth will depend on how manufacturers and the utility industry address battery safety challenges.