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Commercial inverter manufacturers like CPS America are easing installation and O&M with separable wireboxes.

Seven trends from our 2019 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

May 14, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

We asked every inverter manufacturer to tell us about their latest and greatest products for our 2019 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide. What came back was a range of innovations from the most powerful microinverter on the market to the latest utility-scale string technology. At this point, solar inverter spec sheetsRead More

Solar System Wire Management Buyer’s Guide 2019

Solar System Wire Management Buyer’s Guide 2019

May 7, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

We humans have a lot in common with wires. We are vessels of energy and information that need grounding for stability. When put in situations that best suit our skillsets, we thrive. We are also prone to getting tangled up, stuck in our own way. We can be fragile. WeRead More

Solar PV plant maintenance white paper: Optimizing Solar PV Plant Performance with AutoMow

Solar PV plant maintenance white paper: Optimizing Solar PV Plant Performance with AutoMow

April 29, 2019 at 8:00 am 1 comment

The following white paper was sent our way by By Bri Bruce, marketing manager for AutoMow. Though the topic is often overlooked in comparison to other plant concerns, vegetation control is an important consideration for utility-scale PV plant operation and maintenance. Unchecked vegetation growth can lead to shading of theRead More

Our four big takeaways from the 2019 California Solar Power Expo: Storage, storage, policy and more storage

Our four big takeaways from the 2019 California Solar Power Expo: Storage, storage, policy and more storage

April 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm 0 comments

A great discussion of the state of solar+storage policy and markets at @SEIA‘s California #SolarEXPO with @SEIA rate expert Tom Beach, @CALSSA_org ED Bernadette @DelChiaroSolar,and @ENGIEResources CA Policy Lead Allie Detrio pic.twitter.com/1jHvfNe20a — Rick Umoff (@RickUmoff) April 25, 2019 This is not your grandfather’s grid. Almost one-third of the generationRead More

Overview of Vector solar lab; this is new space (and people) devoted to solar.

How Apex Solar Power streamlined its PE letter process with Vector Structural Engineers

April 23, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Apex Solar Power is headquartered in tranquil Queensbury, N.Y., which is upstate close to Lake George and not too far from the Vermont line. Over the past two years alone, Apex has installed more than 3,000 home and business solar systems throughout the Northeast. Along the way it has learnedRead More

Wire you doing that? Top four solar installation wire management issues

Wire you doing that? Top four solar installation wire management issues

April 23, 2019 at 8:01 am 0 comments

1. Cross-mating Cross-mating, which refers to the plugging of connectors from different manufacturers (between modules to optimizers/microinverters, modules to field-connectors, optimizers to field connectors or field connectors to the BOS system) is one of the most common PV wiring mistakes. In fact, the EU-funded Solar Bankability Project’s Failure Modes andRead More

How to predictably scale and grow your solar installation business

How to predictably scale and grow your solar installation business

April 16, 2019 at 7:59 am 0 comments

Even as the residential solar installation market continues to grow, most solar businesses are looking for ways to lower the cost of acquiring new customers. How can your residential solar contracting business manage customer acquisition so that you have the right amount of business through each season without over-spending onRead More

PV Pointer: Maintain edge distance for compliant roof attachment

PV Pointer: Maintain edge distance for compliant roof attachment

April 11, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The quality of a solar installation has many parameters. One frequently underevaluated aspect is a compliant roof attachment. Load calculations that determine the number and spacing of attachment points prescribe not only the length of lag screws that must enter structural members but also their edge distance or the effectiveRead More

Get Connected: Best practices for eliminating PV connector failures

Get Connected: Best practices for eliminating PV connector failures

April 9, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

PV connectors play a crucial role in the wiring of solar arrays. As designed and if correctly installed, they provide a high-voltage, high-current, low-resistance DC connection in a housing that is water-tight, temperature-resilient, UV and wire-pull-resistive over the 25-year-plus life of the solar installation. In addition, their snap- together connectionRead More

Crossing Wires: Solar installers are connecting new services to spark new sources of business

Crossing Wires: Solar installers are connecting new services to spark new sources of business

April 2, 2019 at 8:00 am 0 comments

More solar installers are adding products and services to their core offering, both to help customers fulfill their sustainable energy goals and to drive ancillary revenue. Products like battery storage, EV charging stations, Smart Home devices and electrical upgrades are natural add-ons for many customers. At the same time, moreRead More