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Get on the Modbus: An explanation of IEEE 1547 and why it matters for solar installers

Get on the Modbus: An explanation of IEEE 1547 and why it matters for solar installers

March 3, 2021 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The success of widely-adopted technologies is often tied to standardization. From video formats to the Internet, and now to the energy grid, the establishment of standards reduces the cost and complexity of systems and enables broad adoption at a global scale. With standards, distributed energy — and the solar sectorRead More

Choosing the right pile driver for your jobsite

Choosing the right pile driver for your jobsite

March 1, 2021 at 8:00 am 0 comments

  Applications for pile driving equipment have expanded beyond the traditional uses, creating a growing need for smaller, more nimble models. Find the right one for your needs. Learn more.

Global solar underproduction increased in 2020 — and the No. 1 remedy was collaboration

Global solar underproduction increased in 2020 — and the No. 1 remedy was collaboration

February 25, 2021 at 9:39 am 0 comments

Raptor Maps raised its Series A funding this past year to expand its focus to the entire solar lifecycle. The startup has historically been strong in aerial inspections for commissioning, preventive maintenance, and investigations. Their software-first approach enables them to pinpoint causes of production loss. We asked them to share theRead More

O&M tip: Protect PV connectors at all times

O&M tip: Protect PV connectors at all times

February 19, 2021 at 10:00 am 0 comments

One of the most impressive things about walking around (at least most) utility-scale PV sites, is how neat, orderly, and consistent the cable management is. Unfortunately though this might be covering up some of the issues that happened during the install phase. Issues that create weak points and compromised components,Read More

Borrego Solar operations control room on July 18, 2018 in Lowell, MA. (Photo By: Greg M. Cooper / Borrego Solar)

How does O&M add value to solar power plants? Let me count the ways

February 16, 2021 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Borrego rebranded this year and shifted its focus after implementing a host of organizational changes in 2020. Its three business units—development, EPC, and O&M — have already begun operating independently, drawing on each other’s strengths when needed. We asked them how they built up that O&M business unit specifically —Read More

What solar companies need to know about marketing in 2021

What solar companies need to know about marketing in 2021

February 15, 2021 at 3:00 pm 0 comments

Demand for solar energy is at an all-time high, but with millions ready and willing to spend their hard-earned dollar on your product, how do you reach those potential customers? By making smart marketing decisions. I know from personal experience of owning my own solar business that marketing can be aRead More

Tie breakers: A test of cable management materials in the California desert

Tie breakers: A test of cable management materials in the California desert

February 10, 2021 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Whether you build, operate or own utility-scale PV, managing costs while ensuring quality is top of mind for all involved. At first glance, cable management might not be as critical as modules or central inverters. Over time, cable management issues — specifically cable tie failures — can affect a site’sRead More

Safety beyond NEC 690: How pairing with IEC, UL and IEEE standards mitigates solar install risks

Safety beyond NEC 690: How pairing with IEC, UL and IEEE standards mitigates solar install risks

February 8, 2021 at 11:27 am 0 comments

As commercial and utility-scale solar projects become more widespread, fires and failures shouldn’t. Unfortunately, the number of rooftop solar installation fires in the United States each year increased 69 percent between 2016 and 2018, according to U.S. Fire Administration data. Unprotected, improperly connected or incompatible connectors are some of theRead More

How to ensure your solar components weren’t sourced from Xinjiang or involved forced labor

How to ensure your solar components weren’t sourced from Xinjiang or involved forced labor

February 3, 2021 at 4:44 pm 0 comments

This was originally published by the Clean Energy Associates. In recent weeks and months there has been a lot of press and discussion about the ethical sourcing of PV modules, specifically whether the solar industry is somehow tied to the use of forced labor. Since the 1930’s Tariff Act, theRead More

Four reasons residential solar + storage installations are surging in the U.S.

Four reasons residential solar + storage installations are surging in the U.S.

January 25, 2021 at 10:44 am 0 comments

Until recently, most solar + storage systems have been out of reach of average homeowners. At first, that was because solar systems were expensive, even with the Investment Tax Credit (ITC) from the U.S. government. Then, as solar prices tumbled thanks to inexpensive imported panels, the sticking point became energyRead More