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ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Batteries Included — Optimizing New Home Construction to Minimize Costs while Maximizing Benefits of Energy Storage

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Batteries Included — Optimizing New Home Construction to Minimize Costs while Maximizing Benefits of Energy Storage

August 1, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

With new Title 24 requirements in California and growing demand for power resilience across the country, incorporating an energy storage system (ESS) with home solar PV can provide meaningful differentiation for a new home. This webinar will cover best practices for optimizing the home and ESS design & build to keep installation costs low and maximize the marketable benefits of a home that can provide its own power.
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Burn before you build: The importance of destructive battery testing

Burn before you build: The importance of destructive battery testing

July 30, 2019 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Batteries solve the problem of intermittent solar irradiance and reliable clean energy. With energy storage systems, PV project owners and off-takers can continue using solar power long after the sun sets. After years of hype, battery systems are finally gaining traction in major markets, especially in states such as Hawaii,Read More

PV Pointer: Considerations for super small-scale ground-mount PV systems

PV Pointer: Considerations for super small-scale ground-mount PV systems

July 18, 2019 at 10:50 am Comments are Disabled

When does a ground-mount system work best? Many times, a roof mount is the only option due to space constraints, but when a bit of open land is available, putting a solar project on the ground provides some huge benefits to homeowners: Flexible design. While a roof is fixed atRead More

IHS Markit: The global solar EPC market continues to fragment (Sterling and Wilson takes top spot)

IHS Markit: The global solar EPC market continues to fragment (Sterling and Wilson takes top spot)

July 10, 2019 at 4:46 pm Comments are Disabled

By Josefin Berg, Research & Analysis Manager, Solar & Energy Storage, IHS Markit India-based Sterling and Wilson ascended to the top position in the global solar engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) market in 2018, as the company’s PV installations more than doubled for the year. Sterling and Wilson’s PV installationsRead More

Have a solid staging plan, especially on constrained-area sites like rooftops.

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