15 Apr '11, 1pm

Creating Standard Software Models for Solar PV: It's a standard software model for evaluating solar projects and...

Creating Standard Software Models for Solar PV: It's a standard software model for evaluating solar projects and...

One of my regular themes here is that there are more ways to look at improvements in solar efficiency other than the raw percentage of sunlight converted into electricity. Systems that improve the performance of panels , or lower the legal cost of getting a deal , or reduce the heat loss in going from DC to AC power and back again are all important. So here's another one. It's a standard software model for evaluating solar projects and moving that data among buyers and sellers. Called the Integrated Energy Project , it's both a data interchange format and a set of best practices that makes certain an estimate for a project's return is realistic. Funded by a unit of California's Public Utility Commission , the first version of the model has been created by kW Engineering , an Oakland company that specializes in helping buildings get to “net zero” energy use, generating as m...

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