Chuck Ross

Freelance Writer

Chuck Ross is a freelance writer and editor who has covered building and energy technologies for a range of industry publications and websites for more than 25 years. He specializes in building and energy technologies, along with electric-utility business issues.

Articles by Chuck Ross

December 2014
Once upon a time, many solar-enthusiast homeowners saw their rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels as investments in a greener future, not as contributors to their own household budgets. Now, though, as panel prices have fallen and net-­metering compensation plans have proliferated, those panels are becoming real players in the nation’s electricity market. READ MORE
November 2014
In solar installations, ranging from rooftop panels and larger community- and utility-scale arrays, photovoltaics (PVs) are becoming increasingly important to our energy supply. With the growing presence of such intermittent resources comes mounting concern regarding their impact on overall grid stability. READ MORE
November 2014
Talk to folks in the electric vehicle (EV) industry about commercial charging opportunities, and there is a very good chance you’ll hear that old which-came-first/chicken-or-egg metaphor applied to the market’s potential. You need enough cars to make charging equipment profitable, but prospective EV buyers may balk if they fear there won’t be enough charging stations to meet their needs. READ MORE
October 2014
You could call it utility-scale renewables 3.0. 
The previous two phases focused on getting large solar arrays and wind farms up and running (1.0) and then boosting their output (2.0). Today, developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of panels or bigger turbines to their plans. READ MORE
October 2014
Electric vehicles (EVs) appear to be in a boom cycle in 2014. Year-to-date figures at the end of June were up 33 percent compared to 2013’s numbers, and May, June and July all posted sales in record or near-record territory, according to the EV-tracking website InsideEVs.com. READ MORE
September 2014
With the ability to turn off lights during peak-demand periods, demand-response (DR) programs offer a number of advantages for larger commercial and industrial electric-utility customers. These benefits can include utility incentive payments and, of course, lower electricity bills. READ MORE
August 2014
Rooftop photovoltaic (PV) panels might not yet be a standard home appliance, but they could be on their way if current growth rates keep up. Even after several record years, installation figures continue to climb. READ MORE
August 2014
Last month, We began our exploration of how—and how much—today’s electrical contractors (ECs) are working, with Part 1 of our coverage of the 2014 Profile of the Electrical Contractor. We focused on the kind of work ECs are doing and the types of projects most important to their bottom lines. READ MORE
July 2014
So, tell us, how the heck are you? Oh, wait, we already asked 
you that while conducting our recent Profile of the Electrical Contractor research study. More than 2,700 of you responded, using snail mail and the Internet, 
and told us what it’s like to be an electrical contractor (EC) in this day and age. (Editor's note: To read part 2 of the Profile, click here.) READ MORE

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