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2021 Guide to Residential Solar Installer Partner Programs

2021 Guide to Residential Solar Installer Partner Programs

January 5, 2021 at 9:00 am 0 comments

A strong residential solar industry is developed, in part, by quality PV system products and the strong brands behind those products. Solar installation contractors who partner with these companies – via partnership programs or dealer networks – can also reap other ancillary benefits to build a stronger business, from preferredRead More

Battery capacity vs. operating temperature: Sizing a storage system when ambient temperatures vary

Battery capacity vs. operating temperature: Sizing a storage system when ambient temperatures vary

January 4, 2021 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

One of the most common questions asked by PV Installers, as well as customers, is how to properly size and charge a battery bank in places where ambient temperatures may vary considerably throughout the year. Temperature affects battery performance in two ways. The standard capacity rating of a battery isRead More

New DER planning model shows why local solar-for-all costs less

New DER planning model shows why local solar-for-all costs less

December 16, 2020 at 9:28 am 0 comments

The grid of the not-so-distant future will be clean, distributed and co-optimized. What that means is that generation and other resources on transmission and distribution lines will be designed and built to work together for maximum efficiency and savings for individual customers and the system as a whole. The FederalRead More

What’s the answer for solar PV panel recycling? Manufacturers share their thoughts

What’s the answer for solar PV panel recycling? Manufacturers share their thoughts

December 10, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

  The solar PV panel recycling issue continues to loom large in the U.S., with more articles being written to show something needs to be done than actual things getting done. The volume of discarded modules could total 80 million metric tons by 2050. In addition to quantity, the natureRead More

How Mosaic sped credit approval, dropped solar loan payments under $100 a month

How Mosaic sped credit approval, dropped solar loan payments under $100 a month

December 7, 2020 at 1:04 pm 0 comments

Residential solar lender Mosaic is now offering the lowest APR residential solar loan in the market – 0.99% APR for a 20-year loan and 1.99% APR for a 25-year loan — and customers can be approved for it in seconds via a new easily shared URL. Here to explain howRead More

At a glance: Ideematec Horizon L:Tec solar tracker (debuts in the U.S. in 2021)

At a glance: Ideematec Horizon L:Tec solar tracker (debuts in the U.S. in 2021)

December 7, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

In case you missed it in the fog of virtual SPI this year, Ideematec solar trackers are making their official debut in the United States in 2021. While new to the U.S., Ideematec has proven its tracker tech over 12 years, gaining market share in Europe, the Middle East andRead More

Illinois Commission sides with solar in Ameren’s attempt to skirt net metering rules

Illinois Commission sides with solar in Ameren’s attempt to skirt net metering rules

December 4, 2020 at 9:37 am 0 comments

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) voted 4-1 on Wednesday to reject Ameren Illinois’ proposed calculation of the number of solar net metering customers in their territory, resulting in the reopening of full retail net metering in their service territory. The decision will allow new solar customers to participate in theRead More

Solar and storage reduce GHGs differently — here’s how policy can address that

Solar and storage reduce GHGs differently — here’s how policy can address that

December 3, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

In my last article (“Solar is Hardware, Storage is Software”), I addressed how solar and storage, while very complementary, are also very different resources, and that getting the most value from storage will require policies unlike those that drove solar’s remarkable growth. In this piece, I’ll drill deeper into whatRead More

The Pitch: Large-scale energy storage value drivers with SMA

The Pitch: Large-scale energy storage value drivers with SMA

December 1, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

Large-scale energy storage is entering a boom period. On this episode of The Pitch, we explore the key value drivers and the technology improvements that are leading the segment’s growth trajectory with Chad Spring, Energy Storage Project Sales Account Manager with SMA America. We discuss new revenue streams, what utilitiesRead More

Designing for impossible solar clients (and the key to win them over)

Designing for impossible solar clients (and the key to win them over)

November 24, 2020 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

When it comes to designing solar systems for clients, handling the technical aspects of the job is easy. You have the tools, you have the knowledge, and you have the job that needs to be designed. People, though. People can be a problem. “I have come across many difficult customers inRead More