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Quick Climb to the Top

Quick Climb to the Top

September 4, 2014 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Looking to shake up the solar mounting market, GameChange Racking has made some big strides in its first few years. GameChange Racking has taken its mantra to be a “game changer” in the solar industry very seriously in its short life span. Focusing on quick installation, quality and value, GameChangeRead More

Deep Thinking

Deep Thinking

September 4, 2014 at 8:59 am Comments are Disabled

A lot of work goes on underground to transport solar electricity from up above. In a state where the average temperature approaches 90° and many days soar well beyond 100°, there is no shortage of sunlight available. In the sunny, cactus laden landscape of Arizona, businesses are continually finding ways toRead More

Fixed-Tilt System vs. Single-Axis Tracker O&M Comparison

Fixed-Tilt System vs. Single-Axis Tracker O&M Comparison

July 28, 2014 at 1:37 pm Comments are Disabled

As price pressure continues to shape the utility-scale PV market, there is a growing focus on understanding and fine tuning the long-term costs of managing these plants through the life of the PPA. Operations and maintenance (O&M) is playing a growing role in the financial modelling of a prospective PVRead More

The Quest for Five Stars

The Quest for Five Stars

July 1, 2014 at 8:10 am Comments are Disabled

Newsflash: Your customers have the Internet, and they know how to use it. They don’t just use it to watch cute cat videos and go on Facebook. Today’s consumer does considerable online research on products and companies before deciding to move forward with a purchase. For solar installers, getting greatRead More

Rethinking Microinverters

Rethinking Microinverters

July 1, 2014 at 8:05 am 1 comment

APS America changes the game with microinverters that power multiple PV modules. The microinverter market is turning into a pretty competitive place. Enphase is a dominating force, and multi-megawatt inverter manufactures — like SMA America and Power-One (now doing business as ABB) — have recently launched their own mini converters.Read More

Microinverter Showcase

Microinverter Showcase

July 1, 2014 at 8:04 am Comments are Disabled

ABB The ABB MICRO Inverter is compatible with the widest range of panels (manufacturers, power/watts and voltages). It offers the best panel shading tolerance and performance in low light due to the widest DC input voltage range (12 to 75 volts), says ABB. This inverter has only five system componentsRead More

Developer Spotlight: OCI Solar Power

Developer Spotlight: OCI Solar Power

July 1, 2014 at 8:02 am Comments are Disabled

Some major utility-scale solar projects are coming online in Texas, all thanks to OCI Solar Power. The San Antonio-based developer, owner and operator of PV projects across the country recently finished the 41-MW Alamo I (pictured) and 4.4-MW Alamo II solar farms and is hard at work on additional installationsRead More

Growing Your Solar Install Business Through Training

Growing Your Solar Install Business Through Training

June 25, 2014 at 12:09 pm Comments are Disabled

This year’s Intersolar North America offers many NABCEP credit opportunities. There are no clouds to dampen solar this year: Employment opportunities in the U.S. solar industry are experiencing unprecedented growth. In 2013, solar jobs grew 20 percent — 10 times the national job growth average, signaling that the industry isRead More

Mounting Frameless Thin-Film Modules on Solar Trackers

Mounting Frameless Thin-Film Modules on Solar Trackers

June 18, 2014 at 3:33 pm Comments are Disabled

Mounting thin-film solar panels is a growing trend in the solar industry. Although these panels are typically installed on fixed-tilt racks, they are also becoming increasingly popular in utility-scale solar tracking sites. This is especially true in the Southwest United States, since thin-film modules have a higher temperature coefficient whichRead More

10 Tips for Installing Flashed Solar Roof Mounts

10 Tips for Installing Flashed Solar Roof Mounts

May 8, 2014 at 9:15 am 1 comment

1. Locating rafters Rafter-finding techniques include attic rafter mapping, rubber mallet roof tapping, drilling two to three holes through the sheathing to locate the edge of the rafter or using sophisticated stud finders like the Bosch D-tect 150. 2. Centering attachment point Take care to center your lag bolt in the middle-thirdRead More