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Inside the upgrades to the most powerful microinverter on the market (now shipping)

Inside the upgrades to the most powerful microinverter on the market (now shipping)

January 17, 2019 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Today’s solar systems require a more robust communication architecture to manage significantly more data points and in-field software updates, and this need was the driving force behind APsystems’s newest microinverter, the QS1, which is now shipping in the U.S. Despite being the most powerful microinverter you’ll find on the market,Read More

The Horne Brothers solar  division operates more than 35 pile drivers with the Vermeer PD10 pile driver representing the majority of its fleet.

Pile On: Horne Brothers Construction explains the dramatic growth of its solar division

January 16, 2019 at 10:40 am 0 comments

The solar division of Horne Brothers Construction is hitting its stride in today’s hot market. Based in Fayetteville, N.C., the division has expanded from around 30 employees to over 400 in just three years. The highly specialized company handles everything from driving piles and installing racking and modules to landRead More

Grid Neutral: How this DC transformerless inverter brings affordable off-grid power to the grid

Grid Neutral: How this DC transformerless inverter brings affordable off-grid power to the grid

January 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm 0 comments

The latest advancements in solar + storage systems have been a departure from the history in this category — mainly, doomsday preppers and hippies getting off the grid, man. No, the solutions of tomorrow are grid-tied but built to reduce a home’s dependency on the grid, using time of useRead More

SolaTrim is a lightweight aluminum skirt that is attached with a 3M VHB 5952 peel and stick adhesive.

PV Protection: Four reasons you should already be installing protective barriers on solar arrays

January 8, 2019 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Installing a protective barrier or skirt with a rooftop solar system should no longer be considered an add-on or upgrade but rather an integral part of the design. The argument why is self-explanatory once you play out the scenario. So, let’s play it out. A protective barrier provides pest protection.Read More

Top 10 Solar Builder articles from 2018

Top 10 Solar Builder articles from 2018

December 26, 2018 at 2:50 pm 0 comments

The solar industry had a so-so year because of the tariffs, but the Solar Builder offices are busier than ever. From calling out local jurisdictions on lax solar policies to understanding the current bifacial module market, this collection of features, live coverage, podcasts and downloadable reports sums up the year that wasRead More

Even this crazy old dude is into it.

Corporate renewable energy procurement hits new single-year record

December 19, 2018 at 9:15 am 0 comments

While the federal government still somehow can’t see the economic argument for pursuing a robust renewable energy strategy, for-profit corporations are procuring it in droves, setting a new single-year record for new capacity of announced wind and solar deals in 2018. According to the deal tracker at the Business RenewablesRead More

NEC 2017 Primer for Solar Installers: Manufacturers explain how their products meet the updated code

NEC 2017 Primer for Solar Installers: Manufacturers explain how their products meet the updated code

December 10, 2018 at 11:17 am 0 comments

Jan. 1, 2019, is almost upon us, which means the National Electric Code (NEC) 2017 is almost in effect. Not all jurisdictions will be up to speed (hell, some aren’t even up on NEC 2014 yet), but around 24 states will require compliance immediately. We asked a variety of manufacturersRead More

The 2-MW solar rooftop system at Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Md., is Safari Energy’s eighth in the state, bringing the total capacity of Safari Energy’s commercial rooftop solar systems in Maryland to nearly 10 MW.

Blue light special: Retail is struggling, but solar can be a ray of hope

December 4, 2018 at 8:00 am 0 comments

As we enter the holiday season, the retail industry is facing challenging times. Business Insider reported that electronics, grocery stores, department stores and drug stores are among the sectors threatened by online retailers such as Amazon. Businesses that were considered “too big to fail” such as Toys ‘R’ Us andRead More

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PV Pointer: Three tactics for better solar designs under time of use rates

November 27, 2018 at 9:24 am 0 comments

The promise of lower utility bills is a key motivator for most prospective solar customers, but time of use (TOU) rates — which charge different electricity prices depending on the time of day — add complexity to finding the best deal for the customer. Luckily, there are several strategies solarRead More

The case for solar as resilience from economic disasters too

The case for solar as resilience from economic disasters too

November 27, 2018 at 8:01 am 0 comments

Resilience is a hot topic in solar industry conversations these days because of how it and other distributed energy strategies can protect critical infrastructure from natural disasters. Resilience can be hard to quantify, but solar industry leaders and regulators should extend the valuation of energy resilience to man-made disasters too,Read More