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Community solar often blocked by utilities lobbying uninformed policymakers

Community solar often blocked by utilities lobbying uninformed policymakers

June 17, 2020 at 10:52 am 0 comments

From Energy News Network: Utility lobbying has blocked community solar expansion, but a recent study suggests it’s been effective in part because many policymakers don’t understand the concept and its potential benefits. Community solar programs let groups of investors or subscribers share in the costs of installing and maintaining aRead More

Roof assessment checklist for rack-mounted solar installs

Roof assessment checklist for rack-mounted solar installs

June 17, 2020 at 8:00 am 2 comments

The technology and techniques for mounting solar panels on roofs has been around for a surprisingly long time (as early as 1884). Thanks to that history and the improvement of techniques over time, rack-mounted solar panels present the lowest financial barrier to homeowners considering solar. There are, however, many thingsRead More

A Nebraska utility’s solar project plans suddenly clash with new zoning rules

A Nebraska utility’s solar project plans suddenly clash with new zoning rules

June 16, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

From the Energy News Network: A Nebraska utility’s ambitious solar power plans have collided with a suburban county’s development aspirations just outside of Omaha. The Sarpy County board of commissioners adopted new zoning language earlier in June that would complicate, and possibly undo, plans by the Omaha Public Power DistrictRead More

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Four benefits of Panasonic’s Residential Solar Installer Program according to Elite installers

June 16, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

The pandemic this year has caused slower than usual residential solar sales but has also served as an opportunity to pause and evaluate business models. A lot of the focus on that front has been modernizing sales and design processes. A less discussed strategy for local solar installation companies toRead More

Directional wind effects on single-axis solar tracker stow strategies explored in new whitepaper

Directional wind effects on single-axis solar tracker stow strategies explored in new whitepaper

June 15, 2020 at 3:44 pm 0 comments

As we enter the next decade of the utility-scale solar PV rollout, there are many uncertainties surrounding the future of the industry. Uncertainty surrounding the “greenness” of coronavirus recovery plans, and further legislation to disincentivize the use of fossil fuels puts a massive question mark beside any estimate on futureRead More

With COVID-19, what are the best countries today for sourcing solar modules?

With COVID-19, what are the best countries today for sourcing solar modules?

June 11, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

I was talking with a friend in the solar industry last week. He asked, “Given the situation with the coronavirus, where in the world can you secure quality solar modules now?” My answer: Geography doesn’t define quality. With business again growing across Asia, solar sourcing can still be accomplished byRead More

Residential BIPV in 2020: Solar shingles yield to roof-integrated innovation

Residential BIPV in 2020: Solar shingles yield to roof-integrated innovation

June 8, 2020 at 1:27 pm 0 comments

The integrated solar roof has long been a solar technology goal — combining solar power with a watertight roof covering — but the category (often seen as just “solar shingles”) is perceived as too expensive or too experimental compared to the cost of separately installing solar and a traditional roof usingRead More

The BayWa r.e. Solar Town Hall on June 17 will focus on shifting our "mental models" and the changing "solar mindset" of contractors.

BayWa r.e. CEO on ‘transforming the mental models’ for solar leadership in the new normal

June 2, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

As states and counties begin modifying COVID-19 sheltering restrictions, the pressure to return to “business as usual” is substantial. But practical concerns like hygiene, compliance, and customer assurance remain a priority, and the opportunity is ripe to envision a future that differs significantly from even the recent past. More thanRead More

Residential Mounting and Racking Buyer’s Guide 2020: The How-To Edition

Residential Mounting and Racking Buyer’s Guide 2020: The How-To Edition

June 1, 2020 at 9:31 am 1 comment

For this year’s Residential Mounting and Racking Buyer’s Guide, we asked residential rooftop mounting and rail system providers to tell us exactly how one of their systems installs and what the advantages might be for certain roofs and solar installation companies. Here is what they had to say. SunModo’s NanoMountRead More

How to deliver solar safely (and successfully) during COVID-19

How to deliver solar safely (and successfully) during COVID-19

May 28, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

In any scenario, the construction phase of a solar energy project brings with it a slew of logistical challenges and decision points for the delivery team. During the COVID-19 crisis, that list has understandably grown. COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of construction, both administrative and in the field. Where solarRead More