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Aw Snap: We look at the Solar Raceway wire management solution

Aw Snap: We look at the Solar Raceway wire management solution

May 23, 2018 at 9:12 am 0 comments

Fresh eyes are valuable every now and then. That was the position New York Manufacturing found itself in when it was approached by a large building products company to assist with its wire management needs. Their solar installations were continually plagued by one common theme: wire management. Like many otherRead More

OMCO’s Field-Fast racking design incorporates value-added touches that leverage its OEM factory-direct capability.

Rolling Large: Roll-forming leader OMCO rolls out its new factory-direct racking

May 16, 2018 at 9:09 am 0 comments

In this uncertain #TrumpTariffs market, many investors have less appetite for newer, less proven systems, seeing that as another avenue of risk in projects where pennies and seconds count more than ever. This puts the spotlight on companies and products that can deliver the most certainty in terms of upfrontRead More

Data Drivers: Inverter monitoring system trends in the residential market

Data Drivers: Inverter monitoring system trends in the residential market

May 10, 2018 at 9:00 am 0 comments

This is an excerpt from the 2018 Inverter Buyer’s Guide. Be sure to download the full free report, complete with specs on 136 inverters at the bottom of this page. Don’t let the hard, boxy exterior fool you — today’s inverters are all about transparency. A key in inverter selectionRead More

Time for use? How to prepare PV systems today for storage tomorrow

Time for use? How to prepare PV systems today for storage tomorrow

May 3, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

This is an excerpt from the 2018 Inverter Buyer’s Guide. Be sure to download the full free report, complete with specs on 136 inverters at the bottom of this page. We know that a PV system is a 25-year asset, but we maybe don’t think enough about what that meansRead More

PV Pointer: How tile hooks factor into safety, noise prevention, long-term leak protection

PV Pointer: How tile hooks factor into safety, noise prevention, long-term leak protection

May 2, 2018 at 10:00 am 0 comments

The two most common approaches to mounting PV arrays on tile roofs are “standoff” posts and tile hooks. Standoff posts tend to be stronger due to their simple column loading design, while tile hooks use a cantilevered loading configuration (think diving board), which deflects under wind and snow loading. ARead More

SB Buzz: How to design a perfect solar system — then sell it — with Aurora Solar COO

SB Buzz: How to design a perfect solar system — then sell it — with Aurora Solar COO

April 26, 2018 at 2:25 pm 0 comments

In our March/April issue, we included a roundup of new technology that could improve a solar company’s customer service capabilities, whether it was through quicker project design, better proposals or advanced monitoring capabilities. Aurora Solar was one company in the roundup, which provides one of the best PV design andRead More

Growth Profile: How J&B Solar and Electric built its Florida-based solar business

Growth Profile: How J&B Solar and Electric built its Florida-based solar business

April 12, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

For many opportunistic entrepreneurs, the solar industry is an enticing place to start a business. There is a demand for sales teams and installers to help expand the reach of solar. However, too often, those individuals do not have solid business plans and burn out quickly, doing more harm thanRead 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 0 comments

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

Solar Service 2.0: Identify new service, upsell opportunities with smart home technology

Solar Service 2.0: Identify new service, upsell opportunities with smart home technology

April 3, 2018 at 7:13 am 0 comments

Solar inverter intelligence and monitoring has evolved mightily over the last few years, from silent rows of capacitors to today’s circuit-programmable, WiFi-enabled guardians of PV arrays. These systems sense minute changes in operation and advise system managers of options, in real time, for energy management and O&M (operations and maintenance).Read More

Install of new Quick Mount PV QRail rooftop racking system.

Strength in numbers: How solar installers can build business through third-party programs

March 26, 2018 at 1:02 pm 0 comments

As the story goes, solar system costs came down, which drove up demand. But this story is a bit too simplistic because the price drop and demand rise allowed the solar market to mature. In those years where module, mounting and inverter manufacturers drove down costs, quality increased, better salesRead More