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Geronimo Energy celebrating another community solar install in Minnesota.

Solar for All: How to incentivize community solar projects to benefit low-, middle-income customers

November 28, 2017 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Community solar has taken off within the renewable energy development leagues, melding the interests of residential and commercial or industrial customers, as well as the local utilities. While the inclusion of low- and middle-income (LMI) residential customers are widely enabled by state legislation on community solar, specific carve-outs or percentageRead More

Q&A: Does your solar business have the insurance coverage it needs?

Q&A: Does your solar business have the insurance coverage it needs?

November 21, 2017 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

With insurance (or the destruction of it) in the news so much lately, we figured we’d reach out to Christy Howley, solar program manager at ProSight Specialty Insurance, for some solar installation insurance advice. Recently, ProSight aligned with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and became theRead More

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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

Our Project of the Year for 2017 was one such project.

Solar Builder Project of the Year Winner: Roadrunner Food Bank

November 7, 2017 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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