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Gearing up for Back to School with System O&M Visits

Posted 8.7.19 in General

Plainfield BOE: Academy of the Arts School
Plainfield Academy of the Arts

As teachers and students are gearing up for another school year, Advanced Solar Products Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Team are checking on systems to optimize performance and ensure safe operation.

Over the summer our O&M staff has visited over 25 schools for system checks. The inspections include a complete visual audit of the system, infrared scans of connections, performance verification summaries, and equipment manufacturer specified services. After the inspection is complete we provide a detailed report of the findings to our clients.

Our experienced team is led by our NABCEP Certitied O&M Manager, Joacine. Under his guidance, he and his crew routinely attend inverter trainings and are familiar with a range of PV products and installation types. Their knowledge of the equipment paired with the support of our engineering staff allow us to provide top notch service while upholding manufacturer warranties.

If a solar energy system is installed at your school or office it important that routine inspections are scheduled to ensure that the system is operating to it’s full potential and safely. Advanced Solar recommends at minimum, an annual review for systems but if that is not in your budget here are a few important items to look for:

  • Conduit separation,
  • Confirm roof drains are cleared
  • Broken modules
  • Inverter alerts
  • Water ponding
  • Debris under modules or near them
  • Signs of rodents or other pests on site
  • Loose wires
  • Changes in production output.

Advanced Solar will inspect commercial systems that we did not install. If you notice any of the aforementioned system concerns, we recommend that you contact your system installer or reach out to us for a service visit.

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Module Installation: 100%

Posted 8.6.19 in General

Advanced Solar Products Achieves Another Milestone on NJ Hospital PV Installation

South Jersey Medical Center

It was a busy second quarter for Advanced Solar Products as our team worked feverishly to install all of the PV modules, achieving yet another milestone on this beautiful system for an NJ Medical Center. The system is located in South Jersey and we could not be more thrilled by the work of our team which includes Union Electricians and local subcontractors. We anticipate having this system fully interconnected by early mid-September.

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Class of 2019 Interns

Posted 6.28.19 in General

Advanced Solar class of 2019 interns

Advanced Solar Interns Visit Energy Storage Sites

Advanced Solar Products project managers were thrilled to take advantage of the beautiful weather and tour some of our energy storage sites in Pennington, NJ with our 2019 summerinterns. Senior Project Manager, Gerry Lax shares his expertise on the Solar + Storage that he has installed at the local high school and Department of Public works.

The first stop was Hopewell Valley Central High School, with carport canopies plus roof mounted arrays and two Dynapower 500KW inverter battery storage containers. The second site was Pennington DPW, with a PV ground mount solar array and a Tesla battery system, the first of its kind in NJ. Both arrays were part of PSE&G’s “Solar 4 All” Program, and will help with emergency power when needed.

Advanced Solar Products has dedicated itself to the mission of building a sustainable future. Sharing our knowledge and experiences in renewable energy with this amazing group of up and coming engineers reignites our passion for PV design and innovation. We are grateful to have such a talented and inspiring group working with us.

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Highland Park Solar Storage System

Posted 4.25.19 in General

Advanced Solar Products is beginning construction on their eighth project for PSE&G. The Highland Park project has been designed utilizing Tesla batteries that will support grid-stability. Please read the attached article from NJBIZ for more information on this project.

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New Jersey aims for cheaper, cleaner energy BY Michael Hill, Correspondent | December 28, 2018, 5PM EST

Posted 12.30.18 in General

Lyle met with NJ TV News Correspondent, Michael Hill to discuss Solar Policy and the future of PV in NJ. They discussed Murphy’s Clean Energy Act and the benefits of the new law.  The segment can be viewMount Laural, NJ- 532 kWed on the NJ News website, NJTVOnline.org.

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NEW JERSEY GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY SIGNS HISTORIC CLEAN ENERGY BILL

Posted 5.23.18 in General

Mid Atlantic Solar Energy Industry Association (MSEIA) notes in the press release that Governor Murphy, who took office on January 16th of this year, has quickly followed up on his campaign pledge to utilize solar power, offshore wind, and batteries to move the state toward a goal of 100% renewable energy by 2050. Lyle Rawlings, President Advanced Solar Products as well as President and co-founder of MSEIA, goes on to compliment the Governor’s achievement, “Considering the complexity and scope of this pivotal change in our economy, Governor Murphy has moved with remarkable speed to create a basis in law to advance these goals”. MSEIA PRESS RELEASE – NJ GOVERNOR PHIL MURPHY SIGNS HISTORIC CLEAN ENERGY BILL – 5-23-18

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Renewable Energy in New Jersey’s Energy Future

Posted 2.23.18 in Events

Governor Phil Murphy wants 100 percent of New Jersey’s power to come from clean energy by 2050 which is an ambitious goal since only 4 percent of our current energy comes from sources such as solar or wind. How do we get there and what should our priorities be? Experts, Lyle Rawlings and Barbara Blumenthal participated in today’s panel discussion moderated by Tom Johnson of NJ Spotlight.  They provided a realistic look at those targets and what it will take to reach them.

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Trump’s Import Tariffs Cast a Dark Cloud Over Local Solar Installers

Posted 1.24.18 in General, In the News

Philly.com posted an article yesterday summarizing the impact that the solar tariff has had on the solar industry and local installers.  The tariff has caused a shortage on modules as availability became scarce while installers scrambled to secure panels to complete projects.  Advanced Solar Products, Lyle Rawlings comments, “We want to build up the solar industry and fight global warming, and there isn’t much of a bright spot in this decision.” To read the complete article visit Philly.com

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NJBIZ Energy Panel Discussion

Posted 1.19.18 in In the News

 

NJ Biz hosted a panel discussion for Renewable Energy on December 12, 2017.  Advanced Solar Products was pleased to participate in the open discussion moderated by William Amann.  The panel focused on the Energy Master Plan and the goals on incoming Governor Phil Murphy.  Please visit NJBIZ to read more.

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Power-On-Puerto Rico

Posted 1.18.18 in General

Advanced Solar Products is proud to be a part of the Power On Puerto Rico Team and lend our service and support of this initiative.

In response to the ongoing humanitarian disaster in Puerto Rico, a group of U.S. solar companies and a global disaster relief agency are mobilizing to bring portable emergency power trailers to remote areas of the unincorporated U.S. territory.

Roughly 40% of Puerto Rico is still without power and clean drinking water after the catastrophic Hurricane Maria tore across the island in September. Hundreds of thousands of island residents are risking serious illness daily as they are forced to collect water from streams and other untreated water sources that are known to be contaminated. Without access to power to charge cell phones or computers and roads destroyed or blocked by fallen trees, many island residents are isolated and unable to get information on aid opportunities.

Amurtel, a non-profit disaster relief agency, and Amicus, a purchasing cooperative of about 50 American solar companies, have created a partnership to bring emergency solar power and drinking water systems to those struggling to recover from the hurricane. The effort, called Power On Puerto Rico, is enlisting volunteers from Amicus member-companies to design and build Solar Outreach Systems (SOS) that will be delivered to the areas of greatest need identified by Amurtel staff on the ground in Puerto Rico.
Located close to the equator where solar energy is most abundant, Puerto Rico is an ideal geography for harnessing solar energy. The Solar Outreach Systems, which are portable community-based communication, water purification and emergency power hubs, will immediately assist on-the-ground relief efforts.
The SOS units will be deployed by the Aireko Foundation, an offshoot of Aireko Energy Solutions, which is a Puerto Rico-based member of Amicus. These units will be loaned to the communities for the duration of their need and then be redeployed to other disaster areas around the globe as needs and events dictate.
“The aftermath of Hurricane Maria has been as difficult and often even harder than surviving the storm itself, especially for those communities in the interior of the island. After more than two months, reestablishment of electric power for those communities is still unknown, and the quality of water is not the best – for those communities that are lucky enough to have this service, which are very few. Sadly, those communities are far from returning to their normal lives,” said Hector Rivera Russe of Aireko Energy Solutions. “I’m deeply touched by how my Amicus partners, alongside Amurtel, have jumped without hesitation, to putting their time, resources and effort to give relief to my people in Puerto Rico. I will always be thankful to them,” said Russe.
The first three SOS units are being manufactured in the North Andover, MA warehouse of ReVision Energy, a founding member of Amicus recently named the #1 Rooftop Solar Installer in New England by Solar Power Industry magazine. “We are chomping at the bit to build these portable emergency power units,” said Phil Coupe, a co-founder of ReVision Energy. “The great news is that we already have more than enough volunteers to build the units once we obtain all the necessary components.”

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