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First Solar exits the EPC business

SEPTEMBER 20, 2019

Citing the wild success of its Series 6 module, First Solar has announced that it is closing its engineering, procurement and construction business in the United States in order to concentrate on scaling, developing, and selling modules.

There is no further news on the First Solar website, but this seems to be unwelcome news for Tempe.

See the pv magazine USA article for more detail: First Solar exits the EPC business

Proposed changes impacting photovoltaic (PV) installations in the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC)

A look at some of the more significant changes under consideration for the 2020 National Electrical Code (NEC) that will affect future distributed generation systems (solar electric wind, etc.). Article 690, Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems and Article 705, being renamed Interconnected Electric Power Production Sources, are specific to distributed generation.

The referenced article below by IAEI, a membership driven, non-profit association promoting electrical safety, has a good summary of upcoming changes.

https://iaeimagazine.org/magazine/2019/09/10/pv-installations-for-the-2020-nec/

Japan’s largest floating PV plant catches fire

This is not Arizona, but it is a lesson on how high winds can damage a PV system and produce a serious fire. Kyocera’s 13.7 MW floating project at the Yamakura Dam was damaged by 120mph winds the typhoon brought to the coastal city of Chiba. It appears that the wind caused some of the floating array to break loose and pile up such that there was a short circuit in the wiring that produced a fire.

Watch the video at the link below.

https://youtu.be/_EEc1MTb7DM

Full story at:

https://www.pv-magazine.com/2019/09/09/japans-largest-floating-pv-plant-catches-fire-after-typhoon-faxai-impact/

 The basic product used in this project seems to be:

https://www.cieletterre.us/hydrelio-floating-solar-system/

Waste of good PV modules

The world's first solar road has turned out to be a colossal failure that's falling apart and doesn't generate enough energy

BUSINESS INSIDER has a good article on how NOT to use PV modules in roads. Inaugurated in 2016, in Tourouvre-au-Perche, France, this project has turned out to be a colossal failure.

See the full story:The world's first solar road has turned out to be a colossal failure that's falling apart and doesn't generate enough energy, according to a report