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What is the market outlook for the solar industry during a Trump reign?

What is the market outlook for the solar industry during a Trump reign?

January 16, 2017 at 10:30 am 0 comments

The following is an article from the Jan/Feb 2017 edition of Solar Builder magazine. Are you a subscriber? Get your FREE print subscription to pass around the office, or save a tree and sign up for the digital edition. Also free. Ever since the results of Nov. 8, there hasRead More

Some solar carport install cost basics from RBI Solar

Some solar carport install cost basics from RBI Solar

January 12, 2017 at 1:04 pm 0 comments

Whether you’re looking to maximize your parking lot, make a visible commitment to sustainability, or take advantage of local clean energy incentives, your carport options are as varied as the reasons for going solar. As mentioned in our Park-onomics feature, your preferences and needs will determine how your structure looks andRead More

All-In-One: All of your solar-plus-storage needs built into one cabinet

All-In-One: All of your solar-plus-storage needs built into one cabinet

January 9, 2017 at 9:47 am 0 comments

The second level exhibit hall at Intersolar in San Francisco (there are three floors total) is dedicated to balance of systems technology, and in 2016, that means the floor was almost entirely made up of energy storage systems as everyone readies for the solar-plus-storage dam to break. Or at leastRead More

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PV Pointers: Tips for mounting PV on a low-slope roof

January 2, 2017 at 8:00 am 1 comment

What is a low slope roof? As defined by National Roofing Contractors Association, the pitch of a low-slope roof is equal to or less than 3:12, seen in Fig. 1. Before a low-slope rooftop system is designed, perform a structural evaluation of the roof deck, structural evaluation of the building,Read More

Solar Frontier’s 900 MW plant in Japan provided the scale needed to improve pricing.

Thin-Film in 2016: Don’t look now, but thin-film PV is positioned for growth

December 19, 2016 at 10:26 am 0 comments

A narrative has formed around thin-film PV modules that doesn’t totally match the reality. Initially neck and neck with crystalline silicon as the solar industry grew in the ‘90s, some high-profile big bets, headlined by Solyndra, did not pay off. We won’t rehash that old territory, but where previous technologyRead More

Driving pile in Minnesota: How Landwehr handles longer than normal piles up north

Driving pile in Minnesota: How Landwehr handles longer than normal piles up north

December 12, 2016 at 10:25 am 0 comments

Large-scale solar projects are becoming more common in Minnesota, and as you might expect, installation of these projects requires a different approach than large-scale projects in those popular desert climates. An example would be a new 5 MW AC Project south of the Twin Cities. On approximately 20 acres, twoRead More

2016 Project of the Year Editor’s Choice: No Energy Left Behind

2016 Project of the Year Editor’s Choice: No Energy Left Behind

December 5, 2016 at 10:31 am 1 comment

We say it every year: When it comes to solar projects, we are all winners. We already announced the winners of our 2016 Project of the Year vote, but we at Solar Builder liked a bunch of the other submissions too. Here is the fourth and final entry in our series ofRead More

PV Pointers: How dynamic systems increase the value of a solar project

PV Pointers: How dynamic systems increase the value of a solar project

December 1, 2016 at 12:35 pm 0 comments

The primary function of solar will always be to generate energy from the sun. Yet we are seeing impressive advances in how solar interacts with the environment in which it is installed. Evolutions in design approaches and integrating intelligent, connected software is opening up a new era for increasingly valuableRead More

2016 Editor’s Choice Projects of the Year: Beyond the Project Impact

2016 Editor’s Choice Projects of the Year: Beyond the Project Impact

November 28, 2016 at 2:31 pm 1 comment

We say it every year: When it comes to solar projects, we are all winners. We already announced the winners of our 2016 Project of the Year vote, but we at Solar Builder liked a bunch of the other submissions too. Here is the third in our series of Editor’s Choice winners. TheseRead More

Financing beyond FICO: Using asset-backed loans, PACE to get solar deals done

Financing beyond FICO: Using asset-backed loans, PACE to get solar deals done

November 28, 2016 at 9:05 am 2 comments

  A solar system as an investment for a homeowner or business has value that goes beyond a typical property improvement purchase or equipment upgrade. Because PV offers both ecological benefits and economic advantages for a property, new and unconventional financing vehicles are available — and can be offered byRead More

 
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