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meet the enphase m190 grid tie inverter

Enphase Energy, the manufacturer of the revolutionary micro inverter system has released a new and improved version of the micro inverter called the m190. Enphase recently put out their preliminary datasheet of their newest addition to the Enphase product mix. The m190 is compatible with 60 and 70 cell solar panels and has the following improvements over the m175 and m200 product lines: a wider temperature range the micro inverter can operate in. The enphase m190 can operate in ambient temperatures between -40c to +65C mean time between failures (MTBF) of 365 years, which triples the MTBF rating of the M175/M200 models. According to the company this was verified by testing the micro inverter for 10 million unit hours of operation in the field. The M190 makes installation even easier by reducing the number of cables to manage to one 6′ cable versus two 3′ cables on the M175/M200 models. You thought the M175/M200 was small enough? The new m190 has a 30% smaller footprint than its predecessors. upgraded racking bracket makes it easier and more flexible to install the m190 face up or down and allows for easier cable routing. The Enphase M190 marks a significant milestone in how the micro-inverter is evolving. In my opinion it’s a good sign that Enphase Energy is making continuous improvements with their product because the results are going to be a more a even smaller, easier to install grid tie inverter solution. Check out the preliminary datasheet below. What do you think about the Enphase...

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Washington DC offers rebates for clean energy

If you’re a Washington D.C. resident, businesses, or nonprofit in the market to install solar panels you might just be shopping at the right time. The Green Energy DC Renewable Energy Incentive Program launched this week gives the people of D.C. up to ,000 in rebates to install solar panels to power their buildings. The interesting part of the D.C. Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP) is that it provides rebates for a portfolio of clean energy technologies including photovoltaics, geothermal, solar thermal air and water heating, biomass and methane-capture. The REIP, photovoltaic (solar panels) incentives are on a tiered scale based on the solar electric system rating in DC kilowatt output: $3 per watt for each of the first 3,000 watts installed $2 per watt for the next 7,000 watts installed $1 per watt for the next 10,000 watts installed The D.C. rebate in addition to the federal tax credit is going to push clean energy system installations into the mainstream in Washington D.C. This is a very generous rebate in my opinion since it bases the amount of money you will receive back from incentive program on DC (direct current) watts versus what the system will produce for you on the AC (Alternating Current) side. Here in California the rebate programs are based on CEC (California energy Commission)-AC, so if you crunch the numbers Californians receive a smaller rebate per DC watt installed then what the D.C. Renewable Energy Incenitve Program offers. Anyways if your in Washington D.C. this is a good time to pick up a clean energy...

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wind power in Antarctica

If you could go anywhere in the world, for most people Antarctica would never be mentioned, unless your a researcher. There are 600 researchers and 2,000 additional people who support life and work on the uncivilized Antarctic continent. Research facilities across Antarctica have plenty of electrical appliances, but how does the limited population get the power they need to energize their lives? Most of the research bases depend on diesel generators to create power. Although the Belgium-based International Polar Foundation research facility is the only base on Antarctica that is carbon-neutral and completely energy independent thanks to Proven Wind Energy system. Proven Energy is a UK-based manufacturer of small scale wind turbines you can put in your backyard but the wind turbine is durable enough to survive the harsh climates of Antarctica. The proven wind turbines will experience average wind speeds of 53mph and gusts of over 200mph, while providing 230V of clean electricity for the research facilities heating, computers, lights and research equipment. According to Proven Energy the electricity generated from the proven wind energy system is expected to be the highest output of any small wind power system in the market. I hope this example gives you an idea of the reliability proven wind energy systems provide, would you consider installing a wind turbine to help power your home or...

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Colorado electric coop offers rebates for solar panels

Generally speaking electric cooperatives don’t typically offer solar rebates. Although San Miguel Power Association, Inc. (SMPA) which serves more than 12,500 meters in Colorado counties of San Miguel, Montrose, Ouray, Dolores, Mesa, San Juan and Hinsdale has recently launched a solar rebate program. Solar electric systems that are installed after after Feb. 2, 2009 will be eligible for a rebate, The New Community Coalition, the administrator of the rebate program is waiting for homes and businesses to apply and lock in their rebates today, the program is in full force. Customers who apply for the rebate reservation have 90 days to get their solar electric system up and running. What makes the program different from other solar rebate programs around the nation is that homeowners who want free money for installing solar panels must conduct a home energy audit to become more energy efficient before they can apply for the solar rebate program. That’s an interesting idea to encourage people to “reduce consumption before producing clean energy”, which is the most cost effective method to lower your energy expenses. If you’re a member of SMPA your solar electric system must be installed and operational by June 19, 2009 for you to secure your solar electric rebate, once the installation is complete and your documents are submitted SMPA will send you a check. It’s unclear how much SMPA is going to give you per watt of solar power you install, does any have details on this the SMPA solar rebate program in Colorado, please...

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green jobs in greenville, michigan

While other industries in the US are laying people off, the solar industry is moving forward creating green jobs for the future. Brian Williams of NBC news recently show cased how UniSolar is creating jobs in Michigan to create thin film solar cells right here in the US. In fact, 80% of the products made in Michigan is being exported to other countries, adding significantly to the US GDP. Two years ago Greenville was abandoned when an appliance manufacturer moved its operations to Mexico, over 4,000 people lost their jobs. Thanks to UniSolar, the company revived the economic climate in Greensville by creating green jobs that not only helping the environment but helping America become energy independent. This is a great case study of how supporting the green energy industry can turn around the US. What are your...

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6 new york utilities improve net metering policy

On Thursday, the NY State Public Service Commission made changes to the net-metering policies of six investor owned utility companies to encourage more homes and businesses to install solar panels or wind turbines to generate clean electricity. The term net-metering, means an agreement with your utility company that specifies the terms of what type and size of clean energy system you can connect to the grid and the value of the credit you will receive for every kilowatt-hour (kWh) from your utility company. The Central Hudson Gas and Electric Corporation, Orange and Rockland Utilities and New York State Electric and Gas Corporation will allow customers to sell back clean electricity generated at retail value. The changes included allowing non-residential entities to benefit from the net-metering policies and also increase the limit to 25 KW from 10 KW for residential solar power systems. These changes allow more people to participate, which encourages the community to support clean energy thus helping our country become more energy independent and provides new opportunities to create local jobs here in the US. What do you think about net-metering policies in general? How do you think we can get more people to contribute to the grid versus being a liability to...

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