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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 0 comments

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 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

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

At its Jackson facility, 25 percent of the Seraphim workforce comprises military veterans, including the operations and production staff.

Seraphim USA looks to fill void in domestic module supply

October 17, 2017 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

  Being a large, vertically integrated manufacturer for cells and modules was a solid business practice at one point, and may be again, but that is not the case in the current market. As is often the case aboard this solar coaster though, when one or two companies dip, oneRead 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

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 Comments are Disabled

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