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Grid saturation lessons from Australia and Hawaii

Grid saturation lessons from Australia and Hawaii

September 3, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

A number of countries, states, and municipalities have been setting 100% clean energy goals. As the price of renewables keeps dropping, more people and businesses are turning to clean local energy, often in the form of rooftop solar. But in some locations, like Australia and Hawaii, solar adoption has beenRead More

How to develop managers for your solar business (and why)

How to develop managers for your solar business (and why)

August 25, 2020 at 12:52 pm 0 comments

Managing people is a difficult but rewarding job. At our own company, EnerBank, we like to develop and promote people from within whenever possible. We spend a great deal of time developing employees at all levels, in fact, because we view them through the lens of their potential, knowing theyRead More

Three policy pathways to climate and COVID recovery through renewable energy

Three policy pathways to climate and COVID recovery through renewable energy

August 19, 2020 at 10:28 am 0 comments

Clean energy can fuel economic recovery. Large commercial and industrial (C&I) energy buyers, like corporations with ambitious clean energy goals, are demanding the ability to purchase renewable energy to power their operations and facilities with limited success due to persistent market and regulatory barriers. Voluntary corporate purchases of renewable energyRead More

How to manage your solar company’s online reputation according to SolarReviews

How to manage your solar company’s online reputation according to SolarReviews

August 18, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

For better or worse, the internet is now a major part of every business. Many customers search for reviews about potential contractors before committing to a company, making what they find online about your business extremely important. In fact, upward of 90% of people make decisions based on what theyRead More

Paralleling power controls: onboard vs. centrally located

Paralleling power controls: onboard vs. centrally located

August 17, 2020 at 12:19 pm 1 comment

Many facilities run several generators in parallel to ensure power reliability and guarantee sufficient emergency or backup power. Paralleling generators in this way improves reliability, increases load management flexibility, manages run time on engines and provides maintenance flexibility reducing generator costs. Synchronizing engine generators to a common bus, operators canRead More

Storm season prep: Best practices for renewable energy project resiliency

Storm season prep: Best practices for renewable energy project resiliency

August 12, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Earlier this summer, a study projected 16 tropical storms to hit the Caribbean and Atlantic coasts, eight of which would turn into hurricanes, making it a record-breaking year for hurricanes. This forecast, coupled with the heightened need for optimized health and critical infrastructure amidst the COVID-19 crisis, makes it clearRead More

Five things homeowners look for when searching for a solar contractor

Five things homeowners look for when searching for a solar contractor

August 5, 2020 at 9:18 am 0 comments

When a homeowner is considering a solar PV installation, they often keep certain points in mind when searching for the right contractor. Though some homeowners focus solely on the bottom line, most are savvy enough to know that other factors come into play if they want to have the bestRead More

A Solar Solution

A Solar Solution

August 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

  The Vermeer PD5 and PD5R pile drivers are ready to drive you forward. Learn more.

How the lack of a common interconnection rule affects solar installers, customers

How the lack of a common interconnection rule affects solar installers, customers

July 29, 2020 at 11:06 am 0 comments

The inherent nature of energy storage systems (ESS) can become an issue at the time of interconnection in cases in which it is not classified under “generator.” Without this simple addition to the interconnection rules of the utility, longer and costlier procedures for the interconnection of an ESS may beRead More

Optimizing solar + storage for backup operation

Optimizing solar + storage for backup operation

July 28, 2020 at 11:00 am 0 comments

The interest in and adoption of residential storage in the US has grown at a healthy pace in the last few years. Guidance on how to size a system, particularly for AC coupled storage solutions, is a common request from installers with customers interested in adding storage. Few areas inRead More