Category Archives: PV Modules (Photovoltaic Panels)

Taking aim at Nanking ends up hurting Knoxville!

Since 2009, Simple Energy Works has been designing, selling and installing complete residential and commercial solar energy systems throughout Tennessee. When we started out, about three years ago, there were only about five solar installers in the middle of our … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting PV- for the Lazy (and frugal)!

“Happy MegaWatt Day” I didn’t realize it, but the solar system on our house recently produced one full Megawatt hour of electricity (1000 kwhs). I haven’t been tracking closely, but my friend has! I realized it when I got an … Continue reading

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Solar’s “Breaking Dawn”

Ok, I’m not much for Vampire movies. I’ll admit it. I have watched a few of them with my wife (to be social), and wouldn’t say that I was bored….. They just aren’t my movie preference. Of course, I would … Continue reading

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The 1603/USDA two-step!

The end of 2011 is a deadline for some of the solar incentives. It makes sense to research now about those incentives and see if now might be the time to move forward with solar!   The news is busting … Continue reading

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Those “Evil” Free Market Chinese- Part 1

Last month SolarWorld (a German company) and 6 un-named “Co-conspirators” filed a complaint in Congress alleging that China is “dumping” their solar panels in the US and that US manufacturers need to impose a tariff of 30% to 100% on … Continue reading

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Imagine the impossible PV Growth Scenario…

Without a vision there is no mission; without a mission there is no action. The vision of a world being powered by solar energy might seem impossible – but it makes sense to seek a way to make it possible. … Continue reading

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27.8 kW Photovoltaic system for Christmas!

We  just put the finishing touches on a commercial photovoltaic system here in Cumberland County, TN.  It is the largest Photovoltaic system in Cumberland county and it uses Enphase Microinverters. We have 124 modules (we used Sharp 224w) and we … Continue reading

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Yingli Shines at the World Cup!

BEIJING — China did not qualify for the World Cup, but the country is still making an appearance in South Africa. An ambitious Chinese solar company, the country’s first World Cup sponsor, has placed advertising in all the stadiums in … Continue reading

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MicroInverters ready for the big time!

Andalay solar, a subisidiary of AKeena solar has recently partnered with Westinghouse and is preparing for a big push into the residential markets. Akeena is a large installer of PV systems in California and in 2007 they partnered with Enphase … Continue reading

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Here comes the Sun: Review

Excellent overview of the “solar Miracle” that has occurred in Germany over the past 10 years. Included is an interview of the architect of the solar revolution in Germany. Very insightful and encouraging. They deal with issues as they currently … Continue reading

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