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Nextracker explains its bifacial PV gains and how to accurately model them in PVsyst

Nextracker explains its bifacial PV gains and how to accurately model them in PVsyst

September 14, 2020 at 2:51 pm 0 comments

Nextracker recently published findings from its bifacial solar tracker research. It explains some of the advantages inherent within its NX Horizon single-axis tracker design for achieving bifacial gains, but more importantly, it shows how these gains can be accurately modeled within PVsyst. The entire report is worth a deep-dive, butRead More

Vote for the 2020 Solar Builder Projects of the Year

Vote for the 2020 Solar Builder Projects of the Year

September 14, 2020 at 11:59 am 3 comments

Solar Builder readers submitted their coolest, most innovative and noteworthy solar projects of the last 12 months, and after combing through another record amount of submissions, we’ve narrowed the field to these 2020 Project of the Year nominees! This year the field is divided into FIVE categories: Residential (single-family, multi-family)Read More

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Duke Energy, solar developers make a deal to clear utility-scale solar backlog in Carolinas

September 10, 2020 at 11:08 am 0 comments

Duke Energy announced several agreements with third-party solar developers and industry organizations to create a better interconnection framework to facilitate more utility-scale solar energy in the Carolinas. Let’s take a look and see what these will do. Agreement No. 1 First, Duke Energy and most of the major solar industryRead More

Load Profiles: How different storage systems, microgrid controllers fit specific C&I sites

Load Profiles: How different storage systems, microgrid controllers fit specific C&I sites

September 10, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

This section originally appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of Solar Builder. Subscribe today (print or digital) for free right here. Church Load profile: This church in Bakersfield, Calif., is actually multiple facilities. It has two sanctuaries, a gymnasium, offices and classrooms. While certain small areas are occupied intermittently duringRead More

BayWa r.e. adds Enable Energy Inc. to expand its C&I, utility solar + storage services

BayWa r.e. adds Enable Energy Inc. to expand its C&I, utility solar + storage services

September 9, 2020 at 10:11 am 0 comments

BayWa r.e. is making big moves to grow its presence in the Americas. The latest: BayWa r.e. acquired Enable Energy Inc. (EEI), a U.S.-based commercial and industrial (C&I) solar and energy storage solutions provider with extensive skills in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) support. With 750Read More

The Pitch: Installing Generac’s PWRCell to provide whole-home power with existing electrical

The Pitch: Installing Generac’s PWRCell to provide whole-home power with existing electrical

September 8, 2020 at 8:44 am 0 comments

You can now provide whole home backup with just solar and a battery – no separate loads panel needed – via Generac’s PWRCell. Here to make The Pitch, explaining the beefed-up system specs and new technology, is Adam Schroeder product manager for PWRCell at Generac Power Systems. Highlights: – ARead More

Grid saturation lessons from Australia and Hawaii

Grid saturation lessons from Australia and Hawaii

September 3, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

A number of countries, states, and municipalities have been setting 100% clean energy goals. As the price of renewables keeps dropping, more people and businesses are turning to clean local energy, often in the form of rooftop solar. But in some locations, like Australia and Hawaii, solar adoption has beenRead More

What the SunPower, Maxeon split means for U.S. solar installers and EPCs

What the SunPower, Maxeon split means for U.S. solar installers and EPCs

September 2, 2020 at 10:49 am 0 comments

Corporate-level comings and goings aren’t a huge focus for us at Solar Builder, but SunPower spinning off its international business and solar panel manufacturing into its own publicly traded entity, Maxeon Solar Technologies, has implications for U.S. solar professionals across all segments. Here’s what you need to know now, andRead More

How much battery do you really need?

How much battery do you really need?

September 1, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

One of the most common puzzles to a solar installation project with energy storage seems simple, but is quite complex to define: how much battery do we really need? The reason the answer isn’t as straightforward as pointing out a specific product or listing a kilowatt number is that itRead More

The Pitch: Mosaic explains contactless solar sales and 12-month zero payment deal

The Pitch: Mosaic explains contactless solar sales and 12-month zero payment deal

August 31, 2020 at 9:38 am 0 comments

Today on the Pitch we look at a new residential solar financing program from Mosaic, PowerSwitch Zero, that requires no payments for 12 months, plus a slick contact-less way to make the sale — Portal 2X. It’s all perfectly aligned for this difficult, Covid-era time in residential solar sales. HereRead More