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Life of the third-party: Here’s why project-level due diligence is the BOM for solar EPCs

Life of the third-party: Here’s why project-level due diligence is the BOM for solar EPCs

March 5, 2019 at 10:58 am 0 comments

For today’s top EPCs, a solar project’s success comes well before an RFP is even issued. It starts with vendor and product assessment. Often at the request of the buyer, manufacturers send their products — modules, inverters, batteries, trackers — to a third-party lab for extensive testing. The lab thenRead More

Module Buyer’s Guide: 10 modules to know in 2019

Module Buyer’s Guide: 10 modules to know in 2019

February 25, 2019 at 11:03 am 0 comments

For our 2019 Module Buyer’s Guide (included in the Jan/Feb issue of Solar Builder magazine) we rounded up profiles on the newest modules on the market and also surveyed solar module manufacturers on the trends they are seeing and some of the new technology to watch. The seven insights areRead More

Photovoltaic-aways: Solar module manufacturers share 7 insights on PV market trends in 2019

Photovoltaic-aways: Solar module manufacturers share 7 insights on PV market trends in 2019

February 25, 2019 at 10:00 am 0 comments

For our 2019 Module Buyer’s Guide (included in the Jan/Feb issue of Solar Builder magazine) we rounded up profiles on the newest modules on the market and also surveyed solar module manufacturers on the trends they are seeing and some of the new technology to watch. The seven insights areRead More

PV Pointer: Safety tips for rooftop solar panels in snow country

PV Pointer: Safety tips for rooftop solar panels in snow country

February 19, 2019 at 9:00 am 0 comments

If you are installing solar panels in the northern half of the United States, there are a few winter safety precautions you need to take to prevent potentially dangerous situations. Traditional residential asphalt shingle roofs have a high coefficient of friction that helps to hold rooftop snow accumulations in placeRead More

Residential Rooftop Report: Heat up your solar install sales in 2019 (free report download)

Residential Rooftop Report: Heat up your solar install sales in 2019 (free report download)

February 18, 2019 at 11:53 am 0 comments

The Residential Rooftop Report for the first quarter of 2019 is now available for download. The theme is “Heating Up Sales,” and we’ve teamed up with report sponsor Aurora Solar to examine ways for residential solar installation companies to lower customer acquisition costs, close more leads and overall run aRead More

Solar Power Northeast takeaways: Solar’s Catch-22 options for navigating politicians, utilities and the public

Solar Power Northeast takeaways: Solar’s Catch-22 options for navigating politicians, utilities and the public

February 11, 2019 at 1:05 pm Comments are Disabled

The Northeast is a mature solar market already, but how can it keep on growing from here? Solar Power Northeast in Boston last week offered some ideas, but to me, mostly highlighted the complex utility-politician-public dynamic that leads to a lot of Catch 22 solutions. See if you can followRead More

Need for Speed: Inside the upgrades to the most powerful microinverter on the market

Need for Speed: Inside the upgrades to the most powerful microinverter on the market

February 11, 2019 at 10:40 am Comments are Disabled

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. Despite being the most powerful microinverter you’ll find on the market, the QS1 debuted rather quietly at Solar Power InternationalRead More

A snow covered project completed by GP Joule in Lake Waconia, Minn.

Snowlar Builder: We look at the opportunity of solar development in Northern latitudes

February 5, 2019 at 8:06 am Comments are Disabled

Solar power is starting to bolster the energy capacity in northern climes, especially across Canada and Alaska where diesel generators take the cost of electricity sky high. Both fixed-tilt and tracker installations are expanding rapidly in this region, as advancing solar technology helps cope with bitter cold and erratic daylight.Read More

On the Origin of EPCs: How the EPC-supplier relationship influences the evolution of solar development

On the Origin of EPCs: How the EPC-supplier relationship influences the evolution of solar development

January 29, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

The evolution of EPCs in the solar industry is truly that — an evolution — and not in the cliché business-speak way. For starters, large-scale solar construction is a cut-throat, survival-of-the-fittest environment. Over the years, risky business models failed and bad technology sunk, while successful concepts adapted to the volatileRead More

Countdown to 2020, part 1: The role solar plays in California’s new building efficiency standards

Countdown to 2020, part 1: The role solar plays in California’s new building efficiency standards

January 24, 2019 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Installment 1: New Builds, New You Enter the Twilight Zone with me. Tomorrow, we wake up in a reality where solar energy is a standard component of all new homes built across the United States. Between that day and 2026, more solar energy capacity would be installed on just newRead More