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    Pika T701 Wind Turbine Showcased in Energy Department Headquarters

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s headquarters building in Washington, D.C. features a mini-museum filled with displays of scientific and technical progress. This week, a Pika Energy T701 turbine, is the newest addition to the Forrestal Building’s lobby. It replaces the Skystream wind turbine developed by Southwest WindPower in collaboration with DOE and the National Renewable…

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    Pika T701 wind turbine achieves full SWCC certification

    CLIFTON PARK, N.Y. – The Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC) has granted certification to the Pika Energy T701 small wind turbine. The T701 becomes the seventh SWCC-certified wind turbine to meet the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) Small Wind Turbine Performance and Safety Standard. “SWCC is pleased to add the Pika Energy T701 to our list of…

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    A look inside Pika Energy’s on-site nanogrid

    Pika Energy’s manufacturing headquarters in Westbrook, Maine, is also the site of a DC nanogrid using solar power, batteries and DC lighting connected by Pika inverters, optimizers and charge controllers. Here’s a photo of the solar-powered backup system, which directly powers the DC lights with exceptional efficiency. Note that this system includes two battery banks…

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    Pika Energy Powers DC Microgrid at Greenbuild 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – Pika Energy’s core technology, the REbus™ direct current nanogrid, provided the backbone of the “Net Zero Energy Zone” at Greenbuild 2015 in Washington. Some 10,000 attendees of Greenbuild witnessed the power of Pika Energy’s 380VDC electronics in the demonstration housed within the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The microgrid used solar photovoltaic…

  • Pika Energy secures patent for DC nanogrid

    Pika Energy Secures Broad Patent for Core DC Nanogrid Technology

    Power electronics firm working with industry partners to make clean power the future of energy supply and demand PORTLAND, Maine – Pika Energy has secured a broad patent for its core direct current (DC) nanogrid technology that enables homes and small commercial buildings to efficiently collect, manage, store, and use clean power. The patent is the…

  • ‘Ask This Old House’ features Pika Home Wind Turbine

    Viewers of the PBS program “Ask This Old House” will spot a Pika Home Wind Turbine on a recent episode featuring a customer’s hybrid wind/solar system. Robin, the proud owner of a model T701 Pika Home Wind Turbine, talk with hosts Richard and Kevin about his clean energy harvest at his Texas ranch, his estimated system…

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    Smarter solar-plus-storage: Say goodbye to AC coupling

    AC coupling has been a commonplace way to solve an important problem: Adding batteries to solar PV. But now, there’s a much better solution. Solar-plus-storage gains steam With the arrival of lithium ion smart batteries comes an increase in residential buyers for solar energy systems with battery backup capabilities. The benefits of adding storage to a new residential…

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    Green Mountain Power Selects Pika Energy to Power Emerald Lake State Park with Solar Power and Tesla Powerwall Batteries

    Pika Energy to enable Vermont’s first “ePark” Rutland, VT and Westbrook, ME – September 10, 2015 – Green Mountain Power has selected Pika Energy to provide the design, planning and expertise required to transform Emerald Lake State Park into Vermont’s first “ePark.” Emerald Lake will be fully powered by the sun, with Tesla Powerwall batteries…

  • Pika Energy to Supply Advanced Power Electronics for Clark University DC Nanogrid Project

    Math-Physics building will use solar and wind power to demonstrate renewable energy efficiency WORCESTER, Mass. – Sept. 14, 2015 – Pika Energy’s 380VDC REbus™ nanogrid platform will be installed in Clark University’s Math-Physics building as part of a demonstration project to power direct current (DC) loads with a 2kW solar PV array and a small wind turbine.…

  • Pika Energy and GenPro Energy Solutions Team to Deliver Wind-Solar Hybrid Energy System to Ravenna Public Schools

    The nation’s first integrated wind-solar system installed at a public school delivers clean energy and smart grid management PORTLAND, Maine — April 22, 2015 — Pika Energy, a Maine-based manufacturer of residential wind turbines and wind-solar hybrid systems, and GenPro Energy Solutions, a South Dakota-based provider of customized energy solutions, announced they have completed the…