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Wild West no more: Why transparency is imperative for the growth of solar

Wild West no more: Why transparency is imperative for the growth of solar

April 28, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Every burgeoning industry is akin to the Wild West. The solar energy industry is no different, with its own version of western tropes — cowboys, drifters, lawmen, barons, settlers and townsfolk. However, perhaps the most destructive trope in the West and in solar is the snake oil salesman. From conferencesRead More

This Loanpal Direct Pay Program for solar installers eases the burden of equipment financing

This Loanpal Direct Pay Program for solar installers eases the burden of equipment financing

April 27, 2020 at 1:30 pm Comments are Disabled

Loanpal has ascended the solar financing ranks the last few years, and it looks to keep momentum going during this COVID-19 slowdown. Loanpal is partnering with more than a dozen solar equipment distributors in the U.S. to open up access to financing for hundreds of solar companies that might notRead More

Solar Distancing: Sizing a storage system based on an energy bill

Solar Distancing: Sizing a storage system based on an energy bill

April 23, 2020 at 1:25 pm Comments are Disabled

Sizing out a PV system is somewhat simple. Sizing the storage element to pair with it is much more nuanced and complex depending on whether the battery is just for backup (and how much back up) or for daily cycling (or both!) and what the ROI would be based onRead More

Pictured: Back-of-the-rack grates that protect the backs of modules from overly curious wildlife and reduce the need for fencing.

Three tips for sustainable ground-mount design

April 23, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Within the last year, the Inovateus Solar leadership team determined that they would take the initiative to embrace environmentally friendly solutions across multiple areas of operations. As a renewable energy company, our team felt a responsibility to implement measures that support triple bottom line practices: people, planet and profit. FoundedRead More

Power, plants: Seed mixes and ag innovation for PV solar

Power, plants: Seed mixes and ag innovation for PV solar

April 22, 2020 at 2:06 pm 1 comment

Driven by rapidly declining costs and 100 percent clean energy commitments from corporations and municipalities, demand for large-scale solar energy development is surging. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) forecasts farmers and other landowners will lease 2-3 million acres of land for ground-mounted solar arrays by 2030, a 10-fold increaseRead More

Watch: How to ‘future-proof’ solar PV systems today to add storage later

Watch: How to ‘future-proof’ solar PV systems today to add storage later

April 20, 2020 at 10:03 am Comments are Disabled

Solar systems are 20+ year assets — and a lot can change in 20 years. A homeowner could add an electric vehicle. Lithium-ion batteries could drop dramatically in price. Time of use rates could go into effect and net metering could disappear. We chat with Jeff McAndrew, director of salesRead More

Solar Distancing: What is a hybrid solar PV inverter?

Solar Distancing: What is a hybrid solar PV inverter?

April 17, 2020 at 12:13 pm Comments are Disabled

Solar PV and battery storage systems have been paired together for decades, but a new wave of hybrid inverters have entered the market to streamline how these systems install and operate. Jeff McAndrew, director of sales for clean energy solutions at Generac, joins us to explain how a hybrid inverterRead More

Pier analysis vs. slope analysis in ground-mount solar on uneven terrain

Pier analysis vs. slope analysis in ground-mount solar on uneven terrain

April 16, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

This article appears in the Spring 2020 issue of Solar Builder. Subscribe here for free (digital or print). With fewer ground-mount solar sites featuring flat, open terrain, we’re fortunate to have a new generation of fixed-tilt and tracker systems that offer greater flexibility and slope tolerances. By adjusting the postRead More

Three Ways to Streamline Operations and Keep Your Solar Business Moving Forward

Three Ways to Streamline Operations and Keep Your Solar Business Moving Forward

April 15, 2020 at 1:42 pm Comments are Disabled

Like small businesses worldwide, many solar businesses are looking for ways to contain costs in order to continue to operate successfully and take care of their employees through any COVID-19-related economic ups and downs. Here are three simple strategies for potential savings. Audit Software Subscriptions and Save Hundreds Each MonthRead More

As Illinois nears the end of net metering, solar installers make the case that it’s too soon

As Illinois nears the end of net metering, solar installers make the case that it’s too soon

April 15, 2020 at 11:01 am Comments are Disabled

From the Energy News Network: Solar installers in Ameren Illinois’ territory have hit a key milestone, prompting a regulatory process with high stakes for the future of rooftop solar in the state. Illinois’ 2017 Future Energy Jobs Act calls for replacing retail net metering with a localized value-of-solar rate asRead More