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Why sale leasebacks? How this PPA solution gets commercial solar projects financed

Why sale leasebacks? How this PPA solution gets commercial solar projects financed

November 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

An increasing number of solar developers are realizing they can use sale-leaseback financing to take advantage of tax incentives for solar installations, and in turn, reduce costs, conserve cash, increase profitability and enhance their brands. Reducing energy costs is a major consideration for many businesses and government entities because theyRead More

Pared-down MLPE: How Empower Micro Systems does residential solar with two SKUs

Pared-down MLPE: How Empower Micro Systems does residential solar with two SKUs

November 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm 0 comments

In its early days, the U.S. residential solar market was dominated by high-volume buyers like Sunrun, Solar City and Vivint, which means they bought most of the equipment, with the remaining market being served through distribution channels. But big-time growth going forward in the residential solar segment will be drivenRead More

SB Buzz Podcast: Discussing rail-less mounting with Ecolibrium Solar

SB Buzz Podcast: Discussing rail-less mounting with Ecolibrium Solar

November 9, 2017 at 8:00 am 0 comments

We ventured out to Boulder, Colo., to discuss rail-less solar mounting with Chris Berg and Jonah Coles of Ecolibrium Solar. Because it is Colorado, the Ecolibrium office was located like 50 feet from a brewery, Asher Brewing Co., so that seemed like a good place to chat. Click to listenRead More

Solar Builder Project of the Year Winner: Roadrunner Food Bank

Solar Builder Project of the Year Winner: Roadrunner Food Bank

November 7, 2017 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Solar energy is superior to other generating resources not just because of what it provides but because of what it can save. Deployed in the right situation, energy costs go down, CO2 emissions are removed from the atmosphere and maybe a few other nonrenewable resources get to stay put underRead More

PV Pointer: Minimize truck rolls by using smart software

PV Pointer: Minimize truck rolls by using smart software

November 6, 2017 at 3:14 pm 0 comments

We’ve all heard the expression “work smarter, not harder,” but you would be surprised how often solar installers get in a truck and roll out to a jobsite to adjust or repair something that probably could have been fixed remotely back at HQ. Many software-savvy solar installers are boning upRead More

Solving C&I Solar: How boutique financing is growing this underserved solar segment

Solving C&I Solar: How boutique financing is growing this underserved solar segment

October 24, 2017 at 8:10 am 0 comments

Boutique financiers armed with massive databases and complex algorithms are changing the way that small commercial and industrial (C&I) solar projects get financed. Typically targeting projects under 250 kW, these financiers have automated and accelerated as much of the underwriting chore as possible. The result is that old back-office costsRead More

SB Buzz Podcast: SunLink VP on tech, data, diversity and the path forward for solar

SB Buzz Podcast: SunLink VP on tech, data, diversity and the path forward for solar

October 16, 2017 at 8:30 am 0 comments

We sat down, with mimosas in hand at 9 a.m. on the last day of Solar Power International, with Kate Trono, VP of Products for SunLink, for an in-depth discussion on the role that data and technology will play in the future of solar and (hopefully) the grid. At someRead More

The LG NeON 2 ACe debuts at Intersolar 2017.

Modules and integration: Four reasons why AC, smart modules are on the rise

October 10, 2017 at 9:01 am 0 comments

At Intersolar 2017, the industry’s newest power couple made its engagement announcement: LG and Enphase have teamed up on an AC module. Known as LG’s NeON 2 ACe, the new product combines LG’s NeON 2 technology with Enphase’s IQ6+ microinverter. “This changes the basic architecture of an install — theRead More

Module Evolution: What big-time PV improvements will boost panel efficiency?

Module Evolution: What big-time PV improvements will boost panel efficiency?

October 2, 2017 at 9:48 am 0 comments

The solar industry is forever in need of constant innovation and scientific breakthrough. Even now, with PV capacity reaching record highs, prices continuing to fall and efficiencies inching up, more innovation is needed. A lot more. (Not to mention whatever fallout is felt in the module market following the SectionRead More

FINAL ROUND: Vote here for the 2017 Solar Builder Project of the Year

FINAL ROUND: Vote here for the 2017 Solar Builder Project of the Year

September 25, 2017 at 8:00 am 0 comments

  The two-week Round 1 voting scrum has ended and we have our Project of the Year Finalists from the three categories of C&I, Utility-scale and Solar + Storage! Check them out below. But there can only be one. Think about them carefully because it’s time to vote one lastRead More