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Burlington Free Press: New research center aims to energize solar business in the US

Post • Williston center, one of 5 in country, expected to be operational within next few months   WILLISTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., looked on the bright side of Monday’s finger-numbing cold weather at the announcement of a federal solar panel test center coming to Chittenden County. “There’s sun out there to dispel any...

Future UCF solar panel research center may spur business

Post • Future UCF solar panel research center may spur business Orlando Business Journal, February 3, 2012 “because manufacturers would want to be near where the latest technology is being tested and validated,” said James Fenton, director of the Florida Solar Energy Center and one of the key players behind the planned center....

HelioVolt: Leveraging Test Centers to Validate System Performance

Post • They may be small in size, but the 5-kilowatt HelioVolt solar installations recently deployed at three DOE Regional Test Centers (RTCs) represent a big step for the photovoltaic (PV) industry. As the first three PV arrays to be tested under the SunShot Technical Assistance program, these solar energy systems kick-start a multi-year...

Norwich Technologies and the VT RTC Featured in TV News Story

Post • In December 2015, Norwich Technologies hoisted by crane a 5.3kW photovoltaic (PV) system onto a roof at the Vermont Regional Test Center (RTC)—a test center funded by DOE and managed by Sandia that focuses on PV performance data and supports collaborative research on integrating of PVs into Vermont’s electrical grid....

Prism Solar Bifacial System Installed at the NM RTC

Post • New bifacial photovoltaic (PV) cell technology makes it possible to harvest sunlight from both sides of a PV module, resulting in significant energy gains at future larger production scales with minimal cost increases. Sandia recently installed a bifacial solar PV system, built by Prism Solar, at the New Mexico Regional...

Sandia Lab building solar test centers across US

Post • “With the trend in the solar industry toward larger systems and greater capital investment – substantial amounts of money are going into this field – the financial community is increasingly scrutinizing how well these systems operate,” said Charles Hanley, manager of Photovoltaic and Distributed Systems Integration at Sandia. “The RTCs...

Sandia Labs tapped again to lead national solar evaluation centers

Post • Solar engineer Joshua Stein works on one of several photovoltaic systems being evaluated for industry partners at Sandia National Laboratories in the U.S. Regional Test Centers program. ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Sandia National Laboratories won a three-year renewal of a Department of Energy contract to manage the U.S. Regional Test Centers (RTCs), a...

Solar Power in Vermont

Post • Sen. Bernie Sanders was joined on Monday by Gov. Peter Shumlin and representatives of IBM, Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy to launch the Vermont Photovoltaic Regional Test Center. Sen. Bernie Sanders was joined on Monday by Gov. Peter Shumlin and representatives of IBM, Sandia National Laboratories...

SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum

Post • The SunShot Grand Challenge: Summit and Technology Forum was the first event in a series of Department of Energy Grand Challenges. This event focused on SunShot Initiative goals of achieving grid-parity solar energy within the decade. The SunShot Summit and Technology Forum included: Plenary sessions featuring Energy Secretary Steven Chu and other...

Valley News: U.S. Solar Power Testing Site to Be Built in Vt.

Post • By Wilson Ring Associated Press Tuesday, November 5, 2013 (Published in print: Tuesday, November 5, 2013) Williston, Vt. — A seven-acre field in Williston is being converted into an outdoor laboratory where scientists and engineers will study the effectiveness of solar panels when used in areas known for bad weather...