Solar Windows – another view of the Clear Future

Solar panels have traditionally been installed on roofs, whether it’s a home or business. As solar technology continues to develop, unique and cutting-edge designs are emerging. One such technology is the idea of a solar window. A solar window consists of clear glass or plastic, sometimes flexible, typically installed in high-rise buildings. They generate electricity like traditional panels but over a clear, see-through surface. This technology allows for solar to be installed in even more unique places. Imagine if your car had a glass ceiling that allowed for a great view and helped charge your car battery while driving. Or perhaps cell phone screens could be made of this material, allowing you to charge your phone while you use it. Regardless of the application, solar windows appear to be an exciting addition to the future of solar!

Creative Vegetation Management with Sheep

Maintaining the site vegetation is part of a regular operation for PV Solar Asset Managers with large ground mounts. Typical management includes grass cutting and weed abatement. Using landscapers and grassmowers to maintain the site has been industry standard. However, a new creative green solution for controlling the vegetation on site is using sheep. The sheep graze on grass and weeds across the entire site. They require little oversight and management. They require no gas or electricity to power. And they are competitively cost-effective when compared to mowing. Sheep maintenance may not be the right solution for every solar array, but it creates a solution in a growing solar industry.

Having a strong O&M provider can help minimize the potential for damage

When severe weather hits, it can potentially cause damage to solar PV systems. All solar systems are designed and engineered to withstand high wind events. Over the lifetime of a system, equipment can loosen or wear out. Performing annual or routine maintenance checks can help ensure all racking components are torqued to specification. Having a strong O&M provider can help minimize the potential for damage while maximizing your system’s lifespan. In addition, an intelligent system owner will inspect their system before or after storms to ensure equipment has not shifted.

What is Cloud Seeding? More human innovation solving today’s challenges:

Cloud Seeding is a process that has been used since the 1940s to increase precipitation during a storm. It involves the use of silver iodide, which is loaded onto a plane and shot into a cloud at a certain altitude to cause individual water droplets to freeze together to form snowflakes.

Although cloud seeding cannot single-handedly end a drought, recent studies have shown that it is effective and can yield a 5% to 15% increase in precipitation. This has made cloud seeding an important water management tool in areas experiencing droughts or water shortages.

The ongoing drought in the American West has prompted the Southern Nevada Water Authority to accept a $2.4m grant from the US Bureau of Reclamation to fund cloud seeding across other Western states whose rivers supply the parched desert region.

The funding will be used to upgrade generators to those that can be operated remotely and to seed clouds using planes in the Upper Colorado River Basin.  Cloud seeding has been used in Colorado since the 1950s to increase snowfall in the mountains, which serves as a major source of water for the Colorado River

Cloud Seeding is an important tool for increasing water supply in areas experiencing droughts or water shortages. In combination with solar, wind, and other innovations, these efforts are intended to support the increasing population and economic growth in many of our states out West.

See this video from CNBC for more information.

Gas Bills Are Going Wild

As The Wall Street Journal stated, “Homeowners and Businesses have seen their gas bills go wild,”….” and the turbulence isn’t going to end anytime soon.”

Shouldn’t you be looking at solar and other renewable sources for your commercial facilities?

There are many reasons why a building owner or facility manager should consider commercial solar for their rooftops,
parking areas, and available ground areas. Incentives, environmental impact, and positive brand are just a few. Over
Gordian’s nearly 15 years in the commercial solar industry, utility costs were not as critical in the solar decision; both
inflation and utility rates have remained mostly stable and low. That’s all changed.

Consider solar as a w strategy to hold a significant cost center of our facility, both lower and predictable.

With nearly 15 years of solar experience and over 100 years of commercial roofing experience, Gordian Energy Systems
is the partner that will help you navigate the complexity of designing, financing, and building the right system.


The Increasing Need for EV Battery Minerals

The world is rapidly shifting towards electric vehicles (EVs) as an alternative to traditional cars powered by gasoline. This shift is being driven by a variety of factors, including a focus on tackling climate change, reducing air pollution, and improving energy security.

At the heart of EVs is the battery, and this battery is made up of a variety of minerals and elements. Currently, lithium-ion batteries are the most commonly used for EVs, and these batteries require lithium, cobalt, nickel, and graphite as their primary components. The
massive global increase in demand for EVs has created an unprecedented need for these minerals, leading to challenges in securing a steady and reliable source. And from areas of the world that are politically reliable

The challenge is increasing securing the minerals with demand rising. Many companies are trying to find innovations, such as recycling used batteries. Additionally, many countries and companies are exploring the possibility of using other battery technologies that don’t rely on cobalt, such as lithium-iron-phosphate or lithium-metal-polymer batteries.

Recent reports are that the U.S. and Europeans are considering a cooperative group that would work together to procure minerals, relying less on China and Congo. This “buyers’ club” could advance the industry toward reducing dependency on one source.

The shift to EVs is a major step forward in tackling climate change, but it’s essential that the minerals used in these batteries come from a reliable, ethical, and sustainable source.

The commercial solar business – The Gordian Knot gets tighter

When the Gordian Energy Systems brand was created, we recognized the complexity of solar projects for our clients, particularly private, commercial clients.

But what’s in a name?

Our job is to cut through the Gordian knot challenges of commercial solar projects and solve complex issues for our clients and partners.

Recently, the commercial solar opportunity, and the complexity that comes with it, has only intensified. The Inflation Reduction Act has provided more incentives and opportunities for renewable energy projects, perhaps even more opportunities than can be implemented.

At the same time, our team needs to monitor supply chain challenges, pricing variations, unclear incentives with new regulations attached, tariffs, and import trade regulations. All are elements that are vastly more complicated today.

At Gordian, our job is to keep pace with all the changes and “cut the Gordian Knot” to make things easier for our clients.

Know that as the expansion of renewables continues, your team at Gordian Energy Systems will be there to deliver a great project of clean, renewable energy.