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13
NOV
2018

CPP’s Dr. David Banks on the effects of wind on solar panels

In February of 2015, CPP Principal Dr. David Banks, P.E., an expert on how solar panels behave in the wind, co-hosted a webinar with Ron LaPlante, S.E., chair of the Solar Photovoltaic Systems Committee of the Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC). Wind Design...
15
AUG
2018

New California law brightens solar power’s future

Boosted by tax incentives and increasing concerns for the environment, solar power has grown exponentially in the U.S., projected to double from 1 million solar panel installations in 2016 to 2 million by the end of 2018. Meanwhile, a landmark California mandate will ensure the...
10
JUL
2018

Wind loads on roof-mounted solar panels

If it seems like solar modules are popping up everywhere, you’re right. In 2006, a new solar energy system was installed, on average, every 80 minutes in the US, and by 2013, installers were building a new system every four minutes. And the installations haven’t slowed down. In...
08
DEC
2017

CPP contributes to SEAOC’s new publication “Wind Design for Solar Arrays”

The Structural Engineers Association of California (SEAOC) has announced the revision of their industry-leading publication about wind loads on solar racking systems. SEAOC is respected as an authoritative world leader in the practice of structural and earthquake engineering. The...
08
JUN
2016

Banks & Fewless presenting at BBAA8

CPP Around the World CPP’s team of technical experts and industry innovators share their knowledge around the globe. Join us to gain insight into the various effects of wind and learn how to incorporate innovative techniques into your planning and design. Banks & Fewless...
28
DEC
2015

A bright future for solar energy

As 2015 draws to a close, we have every reason to be optimistic about the future of solar energy in North America and around the world. Thanks to the recent passage of renewable energy budget legislation, the American solar industry stands to continue on the track of record...
19
JAN
2014

Renewable Energy Technical Papers

CPP’s engineers and scientists have authored many technical papers on renewable energy, here are just a few. Wind on Solar Arrays Torsional Instability of Single-Axis Solar Tracking Systems (Rohr, Bourke & Banks, 2015) A hybrid method of generating realistic full scale...