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Battery chemistry matters: What to know before installing solar + storage systems

Battery chemistry matters: What to know before installing solar + storage systems

February 20, 2018 at 8:00 am 1 comment

The days when a residential or commercial solar installer did not need to know the difference in performance between lead-acid and lithium-based batteries are over. Battery storage has emerged as an unavoidable complement to solar, slashing peak charges and outwitting utility time-of-use charge games, not to mention saving microgrids fromRead More

The LONGi-term play: Get familiar with this record-breaking Chinese manufacturer

The LONGi-term play: Get familiar with this record-breaking Chinese manufacturer

February 13, 2018 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Even amid the tariff uncertainty, China-based LONGi Solar is ready to establish a bigger presence in the U.S. and intrigues us in the (ahem) long-term. Wholly owned by LONGi Group, there was speculation that in a punitive tariff scenario the company might consider establishing its own U.S. manufacturing line, butRead More

Solar trade case talk and what’s next with SEIA CEO Abigail Ross Hopper

Solar trade case talk and what’s next with SEIA CEO Abigail Ross Hopper

February 12, 2018 at 9:54 am Comments are Disabled

At Solar Power Northeast last week in Boston, we grabbed 15 mins of SEIA CEO Abigail Ross Hopper’s time to chat about where SEIA and the solar industry go now that the trade case drama has ended and the 30 percent tariff is in place. Below is a truncated versionRead More

Rapid Shutdown and Beyond: Inside NEC 2017 and the effort to streamline PV design

Rapid Shutdown and Beyond: Inside NEC 2017 and the effort to streamline PV design

February 8, 2018 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

New codes and regulations are notorious for raising prices and halting innovation in industries, but the new rapid shutdown requirements facing the solar industry are having the opposite effect. Thanks to a coalition of manufacturers and interested parties across solar, the solutions being developed to meet NEC 2017 Module LevelRead More

Look at all of these. Installers often change modules based on availability, so being able to test in-house is a big time savings.

This is Certifiable: Ecolibrium Solar walks us through the UL 2703 testing process

February 5, 2018 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

Simplification is one of the key objectives of the solar industry, but the path to get there, ironically, is super detailed. Removing components to simplify a racking system, being compatible (and compliant) with a broad range of suppliers and just generally re-thinking what’s already been established is a deliberate andRead More

Ask a Distributor: We ask distributors for their purchasing advice, products to watch in 2018

Ask a Distributor: We ask distributors for their purchasing advice, products to watch in 2018

January 29, 2018 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

Solar is now the No. 1 new source of capacity being added to the grid, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and solar installer is the fastest growing job in the country according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And what’s the reason for the rise of this newRead More

Our big takeaway from SEIA’s latest Grid Modernization report: Utilities need to step up

Our big takeaway from SEIA’s latest Grid Modernization report: Utilities need to step up

January 18, 2018 at 10:37 am Comments are Disabled

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) continues its in-depth look at state-level efforts to modernize the electric utility grid with the fourth paper in the series, Getting More Granular: How Value of Location and Time May Change Compensation for Distributed Energy Resources. The focus in this one is ways inRead More

Podcast: How to sell solar in the Midwest with Inovateus Solar President TJ Kanczuzewski

Podcast: How to sell solar in the Midwest with Inovateus Solar President TJ Kanczuzewski

January 8, 2018 at 4:47 pm Comments are Disabled

Outside of the solar hotbeds on the coasts, a solar company might need to be even more passionate to succeed. Inovateus Solar, for example, has carved out a sizable solar development market in the Midwest – a journey that has required a ton of customer education and a deep corporateRead More

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10 predictions for community solar in 2018 via Clean Energy Collective

January 5, 2018 at 8:23 am Comments are Disabled

From an evolving market structure to technology innovation, the community solar landscape is transforming quickly. What does this mean for 2018? Clean Energy Collective (CEC), the nation’s leading community solar developer and solutions provider, forecast what is on the horizon for community solar. CEC’s experts offer the following 10 predictionsRead More

Four tools to improve your customer service in 2018

Four tools to improve your customer service in 2018

December 28, 2017 at 12:00 pm Comments are Disabled

The following article will appear in the Jan./Feb. issue of Solar Builder magazine. Sign up for your free subscription (print or digital) today. 1. Education tools. Often, the biggest hurdle for selling solar is a lack of understanding by potential customers. Energy costs can be hard to understand, not toRead More