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Four C&I solar project development lessons learned by Standard Solar

July 8, 2019 at 3:38 pm Comments are Disabled

One of the many reasons working for Standard Solar is so rewarding is that we do not design and install cookie-cutter projects. We customize each system with the specific host, site location, environmental situation and unique challenges of the project in mind. Overcoming these challenges and providing the best possibleRead More

How close is solar + storage to beating natural gas? WRI takes a look

How close is solar + storage to beating natural gas? WRI takes a look

July 8, 2019 at 10:35 am 1 comment

By Devashree Saha In April 2019, in the heart of coal country, Indiana regulators rejected a proposal by its electric and gas utility, Vectren, to replace baseload coal plants with a new $900 million, 850 megawatt (MW) natural gas-fired power plant. Regulators were concerned that with the dramatic decline in theRead More

IEEFA: Renewables poised to outpace coal on a quarterly basis starting with Q2 2019

IEEFA: Renewables poised to outpace coal on a quarterly basis starting with Q2 2019

June 26, 2019 at 3:49 pm Comments are Disabled

By Dennis Wamsted It’s in the books: Utility-scale renewable resources in the U.S. generated more electricity than coal for the first time in April—and the trend will likely persist through the entire second quarter of this year. If the projection comes to pass, it would mark the first time renewablesRead More

Dynamic Duo: Optimizing the performance of spray polyurethane foam and photovoltaic systems

Dynamic Duo: Optimizing the performance of spray polyurethane foam and photovoltaic systems

June 19, 2019 at 10:18 am Comments are Disabled

Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) and PV systems are increasingly paired together as a joint solution for energy savings. With the continued push toward sustainability and growing movements such as zero net energy (ZNE) construction, SPF and PV systems combine to provide a logical solution to generate renewable energy while conservingRead More

IHS Markit: Outlook for energy storage strengthens due to demand for utility-scale solar co-location

IHS Markit: Outlook for energy storage strengthens due to demand for utility-scale solar co-location

May 13, 2019 at 10:23 am Comments are Disabled

The year 2018 set a record for deployment of grid-connected battery energy storage. Global installations almost doubled, especially driven by growth in South Korea in the first half of the year. The four largest markets in 2018 were South Korea, the United Kingdom, China and the United States, together accountingRead More

How to predictably scale and grow your solar installation business

How to predictably scale and grow your solar installation business

April 16, 2019 at 7:59 am Comments are Disabled

Even as the residential solar installation market continues to grow, most solar businesses are looking for ways to lower the cost of acquiring new customers. How can your residential solar contracting business manage customer acquisition so that you have the right amount of business through each season without over-spending onRead More

PV Pointer: Maintain edge distance for compliant roof attachment

PV Pointer: Maintain edge distance for compliant roof attachment

April 11, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

The quality of a solar installation has many parameters. One frequently underevaluated aspect is a compliant roof attachment. Load calculations that determine the number and spacing of attachment points prescribe not only the length of lag screws that must enter structural members but also their edge distance or the effectiveRead More

Get Connected: Best practices for eliminating PV connector failures

Get Connected: Best practices for eliminating PV connector failures

April 9, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

PV connectors play a crucial role in the wiring of solar arrays. As designed and if correctly installed, they provide a high-voltage, high-current, low-resistance DC connection in a housing that is water-tight, temperature-resilient, UV and wire-pull-resistive over the 25-year-plus life of the solar installation. In addition, their snap- together connectionRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Adding Energy Storage for Grid-Tied Inverters

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Adding Energy Storage for Grid-Tied Inverters

March 19, 2019 at 2:48 pm Comments are Disabled

In many parts of North America, the utility rate structure for renewables has moved from incentive based to effectively punitive by eliminating feed in tariffs, restricting or eliminating net metering, and employing time of use (TOU) rates outside of the solar production window. Therefore, adding storage to the huge base of installed grid tied solar generation systems has never been more relevant or cost effective than now.
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ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Using HD Aerial Imagery to Bid Smarter, Design Faster and Win More Solar Business

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Using HD Aerial Imagery to Bid Smarter, Design Faster and Win More Solar Business

November 9, 2018 at 1:37 pm Comments are Disabled

This webinar will highlight the use of how aerial imagery integrates with leading PV design platforms, and how having the most recent property location content aids in both the strategy and tactical side of your business. Project managers, designers, and contractors rely on high-res 2D orthomosaics, oblique aerial imagery, and 3D location content to unlock insights, streamline worksite operations, and communicate with confidence.
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