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Solar Builder Essay Contest: Tell us your big ideas, innovations, predictions for the Solar+ Decade

Solar Builder Essay Contest: Tell us your big ideas, innovations, predictions for the Solar+ Decade

July 11, 2019 at 12:58 pm 0 comments

SEIA has branded the 2020s the Solar+ Decade, and we at Solar Builder agree. We are anticipating a widespread renewable energy disruption, led by the solar industry, and we are excited to see what new business models and technology emerge in the coming years. Stuff like: • Building-integrated PV •Read More

Capital Dynamics, Sol Systems are forming Sol Customer Solutions to boost commercial solar biz

Capital Dynamics, Sol Systems are forming Sol Customer Solutions to boost commercial solar biz

July 10, 2019 at 5:09 pm 0 comments

Capital Dynamics, an independent global private asset management firm, announced that its Clean Energy Infrastructure (CEI) business and Sol Systems, one of the most experienced solar finance and development platforms in the United States, have formed a joint venture: Sol Customer Solutions. Sol Customer Solutions is a partnership focused onRead 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 0 comments

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

Sapphire Solar Project, a 2.47-MW install in Lake City, S.C., using Solar FlexRack’s TDP 2.0 Solar Tracker.

Scaling up: Behind-the-scenes moves have readied Solar FlexRack to supply larger projects

July 8, 2019 at 1:42 pm 0 comments

Solar FlexRack, a division of Northern States Metals, is a supplier of custom-designed, fixed tilt ground mount and single-axis solar tracker systems. The Youngstown, Ohio-based company basically handles everything involved in large-scale solar mounting, specializing in full turnkey packages that include all of the engineering, geotechnical and pullout testing plusRead 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

Man on roof top checking on solar panel installation

PV Pointer: What can solar installers do now to prep for the new build market?

July 2, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

  One of the best things that solar contractors can do to prepare for solar in the new homes market is to get familiar with designing and selling solar for new construction and ensure that they have a strong process in place. This will help ensure they can hit theRead More

Example of 10-kW rooftop of Sun2 Sunflare panels that are simply stuck to the roof using industrial strength sticky-back tape. Total cost including standing seam metal roof was approximately $28,000.

You down with BIPV? Here’s a rundown of today’s solar shingle contenders

June 27, 2019 at 8:00 am 1 comment

This is a continuation of installment III in our Countdown to 2020 series, “Would you like solar with that?”. Will more solar being installed during new construction or roof replacement hasten the shift to solar shingles or other building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) innovations? Tesla’s solar shingles are still mostly a myth,Read 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 0 comments

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

RBI Solar’s Sunflower Single Axis Tracker is designed to rotate PV modules on the East/West axis.

The perfect couple: How RBI Solar’s new solar tracker relies on custom jaw couplings to conquer tough environments

June 18, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Solar tracking system popularity has expanded as costs have come down and as more customers recognize the advantages compared to fixed-tilt systems for certain applications. RBI Solar is the latest well-recognized solar mounting system manufacturer for commercial and utility-scale projects to heed this market demand by debuting its Sunflower SingleRead More

Residential Solar Mounting Guide 2019: Situations and Solutions

Residential Solar Mounting Guide 2019: Situations and Solutions

June 11, 2019 at 10:13 am 0 comments

Solar installers face jobsite annoyances every day. Awkward roof space. Plastic baggies of tiny components. Missed rafters. And so on. Death by a thousand racking cuts. Luckily, for all of these situations, there is a mounting solution out there to make your life easier. Micro but Mighty It’s not theRead More