I never would have thought my local city government and newspaper would be a good place to learn about buying solar panels, but they are turning out to be. Yesterday, I linked to story about the pitfalls of erecting wind turbines without using a certified installer. Well, this morning, the same newspaper carried a story about my local mayor possibly getting hoodwinked in a big solar deal for the schools. It could be a bit of mayoral malfeasance, but negotiating solar contracts on a per kilowatt with escalator clauses with involvement of subcontractors (and subterfuge, too) is complicated stuff. The story is a good read and should make you question how much experience small solar installers have.
In a related matter only involving a large solar installer, National Grid, my electric company, announced plans to set up its own arrays on property it also owns. Ripping a page out of the cell tower playbook, it will also look to build and operate arrays on land deals it strikes with customers (like me - what’s their number). The electricity delivery company will spend $38 million on arrays at four sites it already owns. It claims 20 years experience with solar, putting 4.7 megawatts of solar generation on its New England-focused distribution system.
A quick look into the merger of two powerhouse 3D printing OEMs and the new leader in rapid prototyping solutions, Stratasys. The industrial revolution is now led by 3D printing and engineers are given the opportunity to fully maximize their design capabilities, reduce their time-to-market and functionally test prototypes cheaper, faster and easier. Bruce Bradshaw, Director of Marketing in North America, will explore the large product offering and variety of materials that will help CAD designers articulate their product design with actual, physical prototypes. This broadcast will dive deep into technical information including application specific stories from real world customers and their experiences with 3D printing. 3D Printing is