For years our MS-Series solar generators have led the industry in design and engineering. One feature that has set these units apart is the ability for the user to adjust the solar racking system to maximize solar gain throughout the year. Well that feature just got better. With the release of our Extreme Latitude system, users can now adjust their winter setting all up to 50-degrees.
This allows folks in extreme northern (and southern) latitudes to maximize their solar harvest during winter months – when sun’s path across the sky is lower. The steep angle also allows enhances the unit’s ability to shed snow. So whether you’re in Alberta (or New Zealand) rest assured that your MS-Series unit will be efficient and safe – even when the days are short and the weather is stormy.
Mobile Solar would like to applaud the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for its decision to green light battery-based grid-connected photovoltaic systems. Utilities such as PG&E had been pushing for huge fees and a burdensome regulatory process in order to dissuade homeowners from storing energy in batteries in conjunction with their roof-top solar electric systems. Well the CPUC has stood up and told those self-serving utilities to “sit down!” Hats off to you, CPUC!!!
California to Utilities: Connect Battery-Solar Systems to the Grid
UPDATE: SolarCity resumes applications as California regulators clear way for net-metered solar-battery systems
Jeff St. John
April 16, 2014
California regulators have just issued a rebuke to utilities, and a thumbs-up to customers and companies that want to connect hundreds of now-stalled battery-backed solar PV projects across the state.
On Tuesday, the California Public Utilities Commission issued a proposed decision that would exempt most storage-solar projects from extra utility fees and interconnection studies (PDF). Instead, it would require utilities to treat them as regular old net-metered solar systems, as long as they meet certain requirements.
“Paso Robles, California is a populated urban area with an abundance of solar exposure and limited building space. Due to an unreliable utility grid producing frequent service outages, the community sought an alternative energy solution to offset utility grid dependency and take advantage of California’s lucrative net-metering opportunities. A grid-tied system would exceed spacing restraints and disconnect from the grid during utility outages— an all-too-frequent occurrence. With these limitations in mind, it was clear that this project required a more advanced system with a small footprint.Working within project constraints, Mobile Solar designed a PV system with 418Ah/48V battery backup storage housed in a custom-built structure behind the condominium. The state-of-the-art system includes an OutBack FLEXpower TWO pre-wired system to maintain the backup batteries at a full state of charge and supply power to the OutBack inverters, allowing the resident to sell excess electricity back to the grid for additional financial incentives. Using this net-metering program, the condominium owner now has the potential to completely eliminate costly utility bills.”
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Solar Generators: Clean, Portable Power
11/20/2012 12:01:50 PM
Generators are typically used to provide electricity during power outages (e.g., during storms, emergencies, and related disaster-relief operations) or in off-grid situations or areas where there is no access to a built-in power source (e.g., on construction sites, on camping trips, or at outdoor events—for concert stages, food booths, etc.). So, in a nutshell, they’re mostly used for temporary, portable/mobile, back-up, or remote power needs. Generators are especially critical for some farms, to keep well pumps running (during power outages) to be able to continue to get water to livestock or crops.
Conventional generators have a number of downsides. They require gasoline (or diesel fuel), which can be expensive — especially during emergencies, when there can also be gas shortages. The emissions from gas-powered generators also contribute to air pollution and climate change, and they can cause carbon monoxide poisoning when placed inside a home or building, or too close to doors, windows, or vents on the outside of a building. Furthermore, gas generators are very loud.
One of Mobile Solar’s MS-150 solar generators will be powering this weekends a Earth Day celebration at Cal Poly Canyon! We are glad to apart of this great event.
Come on out to the 1st Annual Central Coast Oyster Festival in Morro Bay this Saturday noon to 8 pm. We’re powering the event with two MS-150 solar generators. Guaranteed good times and great food and music! Visit: http://centralcoastoysterfestival.org/ for more info.