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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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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

How does SNMP compare to MODBUS?

How does SNMP compare to MODBUS?

July 23, 2020 at 10:13 am 1 comment

SNMP and MODBUS are both components of the application layer in the OSI model. Where MODBUS is a protocol that can be supported by different physical and data link layers, SNMP is exclusively an IP standard. Unlike MODBUS IP, which typically uses the TCP transport layer, SNMP data is usuallyRead More

SGIP funding for solar plus storage is the economic boost California needs now

SGIP funding for solar plus storage is the economic boost California needs now

July 20, 2020 at 11:45 am Comments are Disabled

Clean energy jobs at solar installers and other companies were expected to be some of the fastest-growing occupations over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. But the coronavirus pandemic has been a blow to the sector, as more than 106,000 workers in this field filedRead More

NREL research examines strategies for recycling solar panels

NREL research examines strategies for recycling solar panels

July 16, 2020 at 10:53 am Comments are Disabled

PV modules have a 30-year lifespan. There is currently no plan for how to manage this at end of their lifespan. The volume of modules no longer needed could total 80 million metric tons by 2050. In addition to quantity, the nature of the waste also poses challenges. PV modulesRead More

How to get the best land lease rates for solar projects

How to get the best land lease rates for solar projects

July 16, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

One of the big questions solar developers need answered when moving into a new market is how much to offer for a lease rate. Typically, landowners aren’t actively marketing their property for solar use, aside from a few national land exchange platforms and local real estate brokers aren’t familiar with thisRead More

How standardized solutions for rapid shutdown mitigate supply chain issues

How standardized solutions for rapid shutdown mitigate supply chain issues

July 15, 2020 at 9:45 am Comments are Disabled

Between COVID-19 and escalating trade tensions, especially between the U.S. and China, the global supply chain is experiencing a period of unsteadiness. But rethinking how the supply chain looks can be a challenge, especially for sectors in which the supply chain has been built up over the course of manyRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Managing Risk for Maximum Value in Residential PV with SMA and the SunSpec Alliance

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Managing Risk for Maximum Value in Residential PV with SMA and the SunSpec Alliance

July 6, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Please join us for this educational session where we will illuminate the path to effectively decrease business risks while maximizing the benefits for you and your residential PV customers. Among the considerations we will highlight are energy production, reliability, standardization and service. Tom Tansy from the SunSpec Alliance will joinRead More