Featured

Soltec is testing for all bifacial tracking variables at its new evaluation center in Livermore, Calif.

Bifacial Gains: How much will bifacial modules add to solar tracker value? We are about to find out

October 23, 2018 at 8:00 am 4 comments

We are on the verge of the bifacial solar tracker era. Projects are being quoted with many starting to break ground later this year and early 2019. Only two issues remain in the way of serious wide-spread adoption. First is the price of bifacial modules, which sits at about 30Read More

Diagram provided by Shanghai Shengpu.

How a sealant pump reduced solar panel waste by 50 percent

October 18, 2018 at 1:33 pm 1 comment

Based in Shanghai, China, Shanghai Shengpu entered the solar market in 2008 and is a primary developer of systems solar manufacturers use to dispense sealant that bonds solar panels together. While Shanghai Shengpu’s dispensing systems are prevalent in the solar industry, its systems are also prominent in the gas andRead More

Market Driver: When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

Market Driver: When augers, ground screws make economic sense for solar contractors

October 11, 2018 at 8:08 am 2 comments

  The use of augers and ground screws has been of interest in mounting solar systems for some time, and for the right size job, they offer smaller solar contractors an opportunity to grow their business. Small site factors For one, with smaller PV systems, one may not need toRead More

Clear and Present Data: Utility data is kept in the dark, but these providers are shedding some light

Clear and Present Data: Utility data is kept in the dark, but these providers are shedding some light

October 9, 2018 at 7:02 am 1 comment

Solar customer data is increasingly being used for quantifiable savings by solar installers, developers, energy arbitrators and utilities. The software companies specialized in gathering and aggregating this data on residential, commercial and industrial levels are also building more functional systems that will help to standardize energy efficiency and asset managementRead More

Six solar industry storylines to watch from Solar Power International 2018

Six solar industry storylines to watch from Solar Power International 2018

October 2, 2018 at 10:57 am Comments are Disabled

Your Solar Builder editor entered the whirlwind of news, numbers and handshaking that is Solar Power International and emerged with a notepad filled with gibberish. What language is this? What secrets does it hold? We sent it to a forensics lab, the archaeological department at Oxford and the guy withRead More

Solar Power International Action Plan: What to see at the largest solar trade show in the country

Solar Power International Action Plan: What to see at the largest solar trade show in the country

September 20, 2018 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Wondering what to see, where to stop and what’s new at the largest solar industry trade show in the United States? To help you figure that out, pick a statement that fits what you need and see where it leads. Think of it as a Choose Your Own Adventure story.Read More

New York utilities seek demand charges in REV mass market rate design proposals

New York utilities seek demand charges in REV mass market rate design proposals

September 14, 2018 at 8:54 am 1 comment

New York is at an important juncture in its Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) development as a working group is currently assessing proposals for mass market rate design, two of which include demand charges. Considering the whole point of REV is to build toward a distributed future, this raised ourRead More

Solar customers can easily share their utility data with this new Urjanet program

Solar customers can easily share their utility data with this new Urjanet program

September 12, 2018 at 4:57 pm Comments are Disabled

Wider, transparent access to utility data will be crucial for growing the solar industry, and Urjanet, already a leader in utility data aggregation, is making things even easier for solar installers with its new Urjanet Solar Quickstart program. This suite of web-based tools streamline the link between customer utility accountsRead More

Vote for the 2018 Solar Builder Project of the Year

Vote for the 2018 Solar Builder Project of the Year

September 10, 2018 at 8:41 am 13 comments

After sifting through a ton of entries to our Project of the Year awards, we narrowed the field to 16 candidates that stood out for a variety of reasons. Some overcame the odds. Some will have lasting effects in their community. All of them now look to you, dear reader,Read More

Shadow costs: How outdated local processes stifle the true solar market

Shadow costs: How outdated local processes stifle the true solar market

August 27, 2018 at 2:26 pm Comments are Disabled

While PV technology has made considerable gains in terms of cost reduction and increased efficiency over the last decade, many authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) around the country have not. Government often gets credit for growing the solar market through subsidies, but this ignores regulatory hurdles in the way of projectRead More