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Centralized trackers like Array Technologies’ DuraTrack HZ can simplify O&M requirements and reduce the amount of motors needed.

Four trends leading ground-mounted solar in 2018 from IHS Markit

December 28, 2017 at 8:17 am Comments are Disabled

The following article is from the Jan/Feb issue of Solar Builder magazine. Set up your free print or digital subscription here. 1. Demand for ground-mounted PV has been the primary driver of growth in the United States. The United States has become one of the largest solar photovoltaic markets in theRead More

The ‘Carportunity’: How our electric vehicle future means big things for solar carports

The ‘Carportunity’: How our electric vehicle future means big things for solar carports

December 19, 2017 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Electric vehicles taking over the road is no longer a question. Sales of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and all-electric vehicles have surged recently. So now the question is where are all of these things going to get their juice? A new study from the U.S. Department of Energy’s National RenewableRead More

Here’s why residential solar is down more than expected in Q3 2017

Here’s why residential solar is down more than expected in Q3 2017

December 14, 2017 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Despite more than half of U.S states now being at grid parity — meaning the levelized cost of energy is below electricity bill savings in year 1 of system life — the U.S. residential segment posted its lowest solar installation total since the first quarter of 2015, according to theRead More

SB Buzz Podcast: Fronius’ Dan Fortson talks the evolution of solar from the early days to now (and how he’d change it)

SB Buzz Podcast: Fronius’ Dan Fortson talks the evolution of solar from the early days to now (and how he’d change it)

December 7, 2017 at 4:14 pm Comments are Disabled

Dan Fortson, applications engineer for Fronius USA, is a lifer in solar energy – starting back in the wild west days of the ‘80s, learning from the early off-grid PV pioneers to now working for one of the top inverter brands in the industry. He has seen a lot over the years, and he’sRead More

Alencon’s SPOT X2 DC-to-DC optimizer can boost utility-scale PV plant performance.

Close the Gap: How to revive lagging large-scale PV project performance

December 4, 2017 at 10:46 am Comments are Disabled

A completed PV project is like a splashy free agent sports signing. Everyone is all pumped up at the ribbon cutting or press conference, but if it underperforms and misses expectations, that goodwill is gone. Live up to that contract or get booed. In a world where new utility-scale projectsRead More

PV Pointer: Why mass-customized solutions win in utility-scale solar

PV Pointer: Why mass-customized solutions win in utility-scale solar

November 30, 2017 at 9:18 am Comments are Disabled

SunLink started designing solar mounting systems in 2004 when the concept of commercial rooftop solar was novel. The first systems were custom designed for the particular application because everything was new. Needless to say these first arrays were inordinately expensive by today’s standards, but the success of those installations helpedRead More

Geronimo Energy celebrating another community solar install in Minnesota.

Solar for All: How to incentivize community solar projects to benefit low-, middle-income customers

November 28, 2017 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Community solar has taken off within the renewable energy development leagues, melding the interests of residential and commercial or industrial customers, as well as the local utilities. While the inclusion of low- and middle-income (LMI) residential customers are widely enabled by state legislation on community solar, specific carve-outs or percentageRead More

Q&A: Does your solar business have the insurance coverage it needs?

Q&A: Does your solar business have the insurance coverage it needs?

November 21, 2017 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

With insurance (or the destruction of it) in the news so much lately, we figured we’d reach out to Christy Howley, solar program manager at ProSight Specialty Insurance, for some solar installation insurance advice. Recently, ProSight aligned with the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) and became theRead More

Why sale leasebacks? How this PPA solution gets commercial solar projects financed

Why sale leasebacks? How this PPA solution gets commercial solar projects financed

November 16, 2017 at 12:30 pm Comments are Disabled

An increasing number of solar developers are realizing they can use sale-leaseback financing to take advantage of tax incentives for solar installations, and in turn, reduce costs, conserve cash, increase profitability and enhance their brands. Reducing energy costs is a major consideration for many businesses and government entities because theyRead More

Pared-down MLPE: How Empower Micro Systems does residential solar with two SKUs

Pared-down MLPE: How Empower Micro Systems does residential solar with two SKUs

November 15, 2017 at 12:17 pm Comments are Disabled

In its early days, the U.S. residential solar market was dominated by high-volume buyers like Sunrun, Solar City and Vivint, which means they bought most of the equipment, with the remaining market being served through distribution channels. But big-time growth going forward in the residential solar segment will be drivenRead More