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Clean energy leaders discuss a 100 percent clean energy future at IREC Vision Summit

Clean energy leaders discuss a 100 percent clean energy future at IREC Vision Summit

March 17, 2020 at 10:14 am 0 comments

Just before the country fell under quarantine, national, state, and local decision makers and clean energy thought leaders were able to convene in the nation’s capitol to discuss the pathways and critical steps needed to make bold clean energy goals a reality at the second annual IREC Vision Summit hostedRead More

Rapid Shutdown Rewind: Let’s re-examine the impact of NEC 2017 on rooftop solar PV safety and installer choice

Rapid Shutdown Rewind: Let’s re-examine the impact of NEC 2017 on rooftop solar PV safety and installer choice

March 16, 2020 at 10:00 am 3 comments

The Solar+ Decade is starting off as the module-level power electronics (MLPE) decade. In its most recent U.S. PV Leaderboard, Wood Mackenzie reports SolarEdge inverters and optimizers were used on 60.5 percent of U.S. residential installations through the first three quarters of 2019, with Enphase a distant second at 19.2Read More

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Beyond code: The effects of cost cutting in racking, modules on wire management

March 16, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

When we talk about wire management and the code, it is easy to meet the basics of the NEC: neat and orderly, secured every 2 to 4 feet, proper bend radius, among others. But meeting the basics of the NEC tells a completely different story than having and executing aRead More

Residential Rooftop Report: A focus on new home solar business for solar installers

Residential Rooftop Report: A focus on new home solar business for solar installers

March 9, 2020 at 10:34 am 0 comments

  The Residential Rooftop Report for 2020 focuses on solar PV sales and installs for the new home market. There is a lot of opportunity in this segment and much more to come – as long as you are prepared for it. Once again we’ve teamed up with PV designRead More

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A Breath of Free Air: Let’s talk about above-grade cable management for large ground mounts

March 6, 2020 at 1:47 pm 0 comments

Solar is the new “cash crop” for landowners who have had land for agricultural uses for generations, but now cannot yield traditional crops due to topsoil degradation. This type of site often consists of a few inches of topsoil below grade and afterwards a mix of shale rock, bedrock andRead More

Solar PV Inverter Buyer’s Guide 2020: 14 manufacturers tell us what’s new and what’s next

Solar PV Inverter Buyer’s Guide 2020: 14 manufacturers tell us what’s new and what’s next

March 3, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

The Solar Builder annual Solar PV Inverter Buyer’s Guide is a chance to check in with all of the inverter manufacturers – from the market leaders to the up-and-comers – to get a sense of how their technology has evolved and what new products are now available for installation. ThisRead More

Install Insights: RPCS explains why it prefers Array Technologies’ trackers

Install Insights: RPCS explains why it prefers Array Technologies’ trackers

March 2, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

For another perspective on the ins and outs of Array Technologies’ technology, we reached out to RP Construction Services (RPCS), a turnkey designer, supplier, and installer of Array’s DuraTrack HZ V3 ground mounted solar tracker, to explain why this is their preferred system. Among the main considerations for a solarRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Rapid Shutdown Showcase — A review of commercial solar RSD strategies and solutions

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Rapid Shutdown Showcase — A review of commercial solar RSD strategies and solutions

March 2, 2020 at 9:32 am 0 comments

  Rapid Shutdown (RSD) requirements have been a moving target for commercial solar PV system designers, and solutions to meet and exceed NEC 2017 standards have continued to emerge and evolve. In this webinar, CPS America, the leading commercial inverter supplier in the country, will go in-depth on the evolutionsRead More

Chatting about improving PV plant performance with BayWa-backed Raycatch

Chatting about improving PV plant performance with BayWa-backed Raycatch

February 27, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

Last May, we reported on a cool new AI-based Software as a Service (SaaS) solution, DeepSolar, a diagnostic system that enables large-scale PV plant owners and operators to optimize solar assets and maximize their return on investment. DeepSolar is the brainchild of Raycatch, a PV plant diagnostic company backed by global renewableRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Solar O&M: The business case for professional solar plant monitoring

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Solar O&M: The business case for professional solar plant monitoring

February 26, 2020 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

  What: Revamping or retrofitting performance monitoring on existing plants often means a truck-roll and associated costs for the installers. Can a business case be made for professional solar plant monitoring or solar plant monitoring retrofit? Is the retrofit worth it for the plant owner? In Uncovering Hidden Value in YourRead More