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Adoption Processes Raise Safety Concerns for PV Installations

Adoption Processes Raise Safety Concerns for PV Installations

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA Photovoltaic (PV) system installations around the country have increased tremendously. Installers, inspectors, and designers keep their eyes open for any National Electrical Code® (NEC) changes relevant to these systems. Code adoptions are critical in order to enforce changes and create safer installations. These changes are based Read more [...]
Putting Sustainable Energy to Work in the Developing World

Putting Sustainable Energy to Work in the Developing World

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Robert Freling, Executive Director, Solar Electric Light Fund More than one billion people around the world do not have access to electricity. Given their remote, sparsely populated, rural locations, the majority will probably never be connected to a major power grid. Without electricity, most lack access to modern education, effective healthcare, food and water security, and economic Read more [...]
Net Metering Rules Evolve in Solar-Rich States

Net Metering Rules Evolve in Solar-Rich States

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA The price of solar photovoltaic systems fell by more than 50 percent between 2009 and 2014, and annual solar installations in the U.S. increased by approximately 1,100 percent over the same time period.[1] This solar boom has been fueled by three primary drivers: falling equipment and installation Read more [...]
NEMA/MITA Highlights: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

NEMA/MITA Highlights: President Obama’s 2016 State of the Union Address

By Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA President Obama’s final State of the Union address set the tone for his last year in office and set forth his vision for policies in America. The full transcript of the address can be found here. NEMA’s summary of key points in the address that affect electrical equipment and medical imaging technology manufacturers is provided below. International Trade Trans-Pacific Partnership President Obama touted the completion Read more [...]
New NEMA Engineering Bulletin would be a valuable adjunct to photovoltaic (PV) training

New NEMA Engineering Bulletin would be a valuable adjunct to photovoltaic (PV) training

Recently, UL in conjunction with several North Central Texas inspection authorities held a one-day training session on photovoltaic and supporting emerging technologies, including panel discussions on electrical requirement. As more of these training sessions are conducted around the country, UL should consider including as a handout, the newly posted NEMA Engineering Bulletin 103, Photovoltaic Wiring Methods. This Bulletin offers a concise summary of Article 690 wiring methods permitted Read more [...]
Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

This week, the deadline passed for the federal government to appeal the February ruling by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which invalidated the establishment of National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.  These NIETCs were conceived in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and designed by the Department of Energy to streamline the regulatory landscape in two of the most congested regions of the country—the Southwest and the Mid-Atlantic.  If progress in these areas can be stymied, what Read more [...]
The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

George Carlin was made famous for his 7 Dirty Words.  But when it comes to meeting our electricity demands of the 21st century, we can add another word whose utterance should cause shock and outrage to the general public: NIMBY. NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard”) is the genesis for much of the opposition to various endeavors that would serve the public, such as improving the electrical grid. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has just released an updated report on the state of transmission Read more [...]
Bridging Solar Power And Wind Power

Bridging Solar Power And Wind Power

I was listening to the Wall Street Journal this Morning and came across an interesting story.  Two Italian designers came up with way to make wind turbines less of a potential eyesore.  They have designed a proposed highway bridge that incorporates wind turbines between the support pillars. Additionally, the road would be paved with solar cells and covered with a hard plastic.  The innovative design would generate as much as 36 million kWh per year, which is enough electricity to power Read more [...]
The president “has no clothes?”

The president “has no clothes?”

We all remember Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the emperor and his new clothes, right? He was swindled by two weavers into believing that his new suit is made of fabric that is invisible to those who are stupid. And so the emperor, wearing this new suit, goes out among his subjects, until one young boy cries out that he has no clothes. Well, isn’t that what is happening in the current debate about renewable energy? The president correctly advocates the production of renewable Read more [...]
Solar Trash Cans? YES!

Solar Trash Cans? YES!

So I was walking from the Metro to NEMA's headquarters in Rosslyn, Va this morning and low and behold I see it. Yes, the world now has solar powered trash cans! Apparently these have been around a few years, Philadelphia in particular, but they are new to DC. It looks like any modern plastic trash can from a distance, but when I honed in on it I immediately did a double take. Rosslyn has implemented an initiative of solar powered trash cans that use sunlight to compact trash for optimal space Read more [...]