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Involved in Every Step

Involved in Every Step

March 20, 2013 at 8:35 am Comments are Disabled

The United States’ largest panel manufacturer also offers construction services. Did you know SolarWorld does more than just produce solar modules? The company also designs and installs large-scale projects. Solar Builder had a chance to speak with Dave Wallerstein, manager of business development, and Julie Ungerleider, head of systems, aboutRead More

Underground Network

Underground Network

March 20, 2013 at 8:30 am Comments are Disabled

Wiring pre-installed in HDPE pipes and installed under a solar farm speeds construction, increases efficiency and extends the solar system’s lifetime. By Stephen C. Cooper For solar farms, installers are finding that using underground cable in conduit (CIC) made from high-density polyethylene (HDPE) speeds construction and increases the life ofRead More

Pretty / Handsome / Attractive / Tasteful

Pretty / Handsome / Attractive / Tasteful

January 15, 2013 at 9:10 am 2 comments

Solar power systems can be aesthetically pleasing for the end customer, something PHAT Energy encourages with its carport and canopy designs. Almost everyone appreciates the benefits of solar power systems. Almost no one thinks they look attractive — especially residential installations that look like an afterthought on sloped rooftops. PHATRead More

Escape from (Fossil Fuels at) Alcatraz

Escape from (Fossil Fuels at) Alcatraz

January 15, 2013 at 9:01 am Comments are Disabled

The national historic landmark recently installed solar power in a way that doesn’t change the island’s authenticity but does shrink its carbon footprint. It’s safe to say that Al Capone never saw a solar panel. The solar cell was first patented in 1946, more than a decade after Capone wasRead More

When Should You Worry About Snow on Solar Panels?

When Should You Worry About Snow on Solar Panels?

January 15, 2013 at 9:00 am 1 comment

“Prediction of Energy Effects on Photovoltaic Systems due to Snowfall Events,” a report released at the 38th IEEE Phovoltaic Specialists Conference in June 2012 by researchers Rob W. Andrews (Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario) and Joshua M. Pearce (Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.), found only a small percentage ofRead More

A three-phase string inverter from Chint.

New Standard: Three-Phase String Inverters

January 15, 2013 at 8:50 am Comments are Disabled

Somewhere between micro and central lies a better inverter architecture for commercial rooftops. By Casey Miller Throughout the last few years, solar inverters have become more advanced and efficient enabling new technologies to challenge old norms. Microinverters have made great strides to become a dominant force in the residential market,Read More

Solar Panel Cleaning

Solar Panel Cleaning

January 15, 2013 at 8:49 am 2 comments

Crystalline modules are delicate creatures. A few cleanings every now and then will help them live up to their full potential. It’s a few months after your solar project “flipped the switch.” You bought these solar modules because the manufacturer promised they were the best in the industry. So whyRead More

What’s Next for Crystalline Modules?

What’s Next for Crystalline Modules?

January 15, 2013 at 8:45 am Comments are Disabled

The trend for 2012 was a downfall — continuously dropping module prices and shrinking revenues. According to information and analytics provider IHS (formerly IMS Research), the module market will finally see relief in 2013. The decline in PV module pricing will slow down in 2013, eventually stopping by the secondRead More

Common Solar Distributor Myths

Common Solar Distributor Myths

January 15, 2013 at 8:42 am 1 comment

Common misconceptions customers have about partnering with a solar distributor are listed here. Myth #1: It’s cheaper to buy directly from the manufacturer. • Installers might imagine they are cutting out a huge margin that distributors are taking in, but distribution is generally a high-volume, low-margin business. • Generally, whenRead More

The Benefits of Partnering with a Distributor

The Benefits of Partnering with a Distributor

January 15, 2013 at 8:42 am 1 comment

In a fiercely cost-competitive market, it may seem counterintuitive to purchase solar products from a distributor. However, experienced solar professionals know that the right solar distributor can be a key partner in success and provide risk protection, buying power and market guidance. This support is critical in allowing installers andRead More