Articles by: SB Staff

Four energy dense solar mounting systems for C&I rooftops

Four energy dense solar mounting systems for C&I rooftops

June 20, 2018 at 10:00 am 0 comments

SunModo SunBeam As a permanent part of the building and roof structure, the SunBeam system eliminates any abrasions, moss build up and need of system removal for roof repair or re-roofing. In addition, it provides shading of HVAC equipment, increasing efficiency and faster temperature response. Twenty-year warranty. Material: High-grade aluminumRead More

Photovoltaic facades: How feasible is the technology, and in what applications?

Photovoltaic facades: How feasible is the technology, and in what applications?

June 14, 2018 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

There are several flavors of technology today jostling to make the dream of electricity-generating windows a reality. While these are likely too expensive and inefficient to be in your home any time soon, pilot projects for such windows in commercial buildings are gaining momentum, and studies (utilizing annual data ofRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Utility-Scale String Design

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Utility-Scale String Design

May 1, 2018 at 10:03 am 0 comments

When designing a large site one consideration is String or Central. Both have well defined benefits. Historically, the large utility-scale sites have mainly relied upon central inverters. Now a third option, the Virtual Central, is paving the way for string inverters into this space. Higher powered string inverters, longer stringsRead More

Products to watch: 9 customer service, proposal tools for the solar installer

Products to watch: 9 customer service, proposal tools for the solar installer

April 5, 2018 at 10:58 am Comments are Disabled

The main components of a solar system, at this point, have been figured out. Module efficiency is higher than ever, inverters are more reliable and it’s tough to imagine more cost-effective and complete racking systems. So, what’s next? Storage? Sure, that’s coming at some point. Solar + storage + EVRead More

Hoosier Efficiency: Walk through the solar decision-making process with this Indiana homeowner

Hoosier Efficiency: Walk through the solar decision-making process with this Indiana homeowner

March 19, 2018 at 9:18 am Comments are Disabled

Bloomington, Ind., isn’t a typical solar energy hub, but homeowner Karim Abdelkader and Alex Jarvis, president of Solar Systems of Indiana, prove that it can be with the right customer and PV solution. The goal for the Abdelkader family was to put panels on both their home and adjacent poolRead More

Battery showcase: Four solar + storage solutions for your next project

Battery showcase: Four solar + storage solutions for your next project

February 20, 2018 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Recommending a battery to a customer in a solar + storage project is no less complicated than recommending a particular solar array solution. Depending on customer goals of low initial cost, ease of maintenance, frequency of use, depth of discharge, source of recharge energy, longevity and warranty, however, choices narrowRead More

PV Pointer: Find the hidden value in ‘oversizing’ inverters

PV Pointer: Find the hidden value in ‘oversizing’ inverters

February 14, 2018 at 4:33 pm Comments are Disabled

While inverter oversizing is not new to the solar industry, there are still inverter manufacturers that do not offer an attractive DC:AC ratio for their inverters. This highly impacts cost and profitability of a solar system. Therefore, it’s important for system designers and solar installers to have a closer lookRead More

Source: GTM Research U.S. Downstream Solar Service.

Solar installation five-year forecast reduced 11 percent due to Trump tariff decision

January 23, 2018 at 3:10 pm Comments are Disabled

According to new analysis by GTM Research, the tariffs on imported solar cells and modules set forth by the Trump administration will result in an 11 percent decrease in U.S. solar PV installations over the next five years. This represents a reduction of 7.6 GW of installed solar PV capacity between 2018Read More

What will solar systems look like in 2020? Fronius makes predictions

What will solar systems look like in 2020? Fronius makes predictions

December 6, 2017 at 10:21 am Comments are Disabled

In just a few years, we will flip the calendar to a new decade. However, in a rapidly evolving industry like solar, a few years can mean significant changes. So what will solar systems look like in 2020? Fronius has some bold predictions they’d like to share, as well as aRead More

Q&A: Does your solar business have the insurance coverage it needs?

Q&A: Does your solar business have the insurance coverage it needs?

November 21, 2017 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

With insurance (or the destruction of it) in the news so much lately, we figured we’d reach out to Christy Howley, solar program manager at ProSight Specialty Insurance, for some solar installation insurance advice. Recently, ProSight aligned with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and became theRead More