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Last chance: Enter your best solar projects in our 2020 Project of the Year Awards

Last chance: Enter your best solar projects in our 2020 Project of the Year Awards

August 28, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

If you completed a solar project this year — the year of the coronavirus — congrats. That is no small feat. Reward yourself and all involved by submitting that project in Solar Builder’s Project of the Year Awards, where we highlight the most outstanding PV projects in the solar industryRead More

Pull the alarm: Rooftop solar fires are on the rise, studies point to two possible causes

Pull the alarm: Rooftop solar fires are on the rise, studies point to two possible causes

August 26, 2020 at 9:45 am 0 comments

Solar PV system-caused fires are rare, but they are on the rise in the United States. The numbers here are hard to track down, but Lawrence Shaw, owner of Higher Powered LLC, a residential solar preventive maintenance company in Arizona, reached out to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), dug throughRead More

How to develop managers for your solar business (and why)

How to develop managers for your solar business (and why)

August 25, 2020 at 12:52 pm 0 comments

Managing people is a difficult but rewarding job. At our own company, EnerBank, we like to develop and promote people from within whenever possible. We spend a great deal of time developing employees at all levels, in fact, because we view them through the lens of their potential, knowing theyRead More

Solar + Whatever: How to provide home energy resilience (and keep a customer’s damn lights on)

Solar + Whatever: How to provide home energy resilience (and keep a customer’s damn lights on)

August 24, 2020 at 10:46 am 0 comments

It only takes one hurricane, tornado or wildfire for the value of a resilient home energy system to sink in. Add to such increasing natural disasters the unpopular new utility practice in California of Public Safety Power Shutoffs (PSPS) — a preemptive shut down of swaths of the grid toRead More

Three policy pathways to climate and COVID recovery through renewable energy

Three policy pathways to climate and COVID recovery through renewable energy

August 19, 2020 at 10:28 am 0 comments

Clean energy can fuel economic recovery. Large commercial and industrial (C&I) energy buyers, like corporations with ambitious clean energy goals, are demanding the ability to purchase renewable energy to power their operations and facilities with limited success due to persistent market and regulatory barriers. Voluntary corporate purchases of renewable energyRead More

How to manage your solar company’s online reputation according to SolarReviews

How to manage your solar company’s online reputation according to SolarReviews

August 18, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

For better or worse, the internet is now a major part of every business. Many customers search for reviews about potential contractors before committing to a company, making what they find online about your business extremely important. In fact, upward of 90% of people make decisions based on what theyRead More

Paralleling power controls: onboard vs. centrally located

Paralleling power controls: onboard vs. centrally located

August 17, 2020 at 12:19 pm 1 comment

Many facilities run several generators in parallel to ensure power reliability and guarantee sufficient emergency or backup power. Paralleling generators in this way improves reliability, increases load management flexibility, manages run time on engines and provides maintenance flexibility reducing generator costs. Synchronizing engine generators to a common bus, operators canRead More

Storm season prep: Best practices for renewable energy project resiliency

Storm season prep: Best practices for renewable energy project resiliency

August 12, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Earlier this summer, a study projected 16 tropical storms to hit the Caribbean and Atlantic coasts, eight of which would turn into hurricanes, making it a record-breaking year for hurricanes. This forecast, coupled with the heightened need for optimized health and critical infrastructure amidst the COVID-19 crisis, makes it clearRead More

The Pitch: Unlocking added value with AC-coupled PV + storage via SMA, Dynapower

The Pitch: Unlocking added value with AC-coupled PV + storage via SMA, Dynapower

August 11, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

The annual ESA conference is coming up August 24 to 27, hosted as virtual event this year by the Energy Storage Association, and prominent among the exhibits / panels this year is the partnered DC- and AC-coupled solutions being offered by SMA America and Dynapower. On this episode of TheRead More

Hello, Pneumatics: The case for Sunfolding’s intriguing air-powered solar tracker

Hello, Pneumatics: The case for Sunfolding’s intriguing air-powered solar tracker

August 10, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

New systems with “innovative concepts” can be a challenging decision for solar developers and EPCs, and rightfully so when it comes to solar trackers. But what if that innovation is based on one of the oldest, most reliable power-conversion concepts humankind has, fueled by our most plentiful free resource? ThatRead More