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Sustainable Planning: Inside McCarthy Building’s holistic approach to solar development

Sustainable Planning: Inside McCarthy Building’s holistic approach to solar development

June 4, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

When a $4.5 billion-a-year employee-owned solar EPC determined how to best maximize local trainee headcounts on projects, the solution not only made strong economic sense but also presented an unusual competitive edge. Indeed, McCarthy Building, based in St. Louis, has constructed a reputation of having one of the best workerRead More

Countdown to California 2020, part III: Would you like solar with that?

Countdown to California 2020, part III: Would you like solar with that?

May 23, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

As we hit the halfway point in our Countdown to 2020, the residential solar market in the here and now is showing signs of stability. The residential solar market grew 7 percent in 2018 following a 15 percent market contraction in 2017, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight 2018Read More

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Drinking Buddies: How to pair a beer with your next solar farm (and why)

May 21, 2019 at 8:10 am 1 comment

So, a solar developer and a beekeeper walk into a craft brewery … have you heard this one before? No? Then you need to chat with Rob Davis. He’s the director of the Center for Pollinators in Energy at Fresh Energy, a non-profit that promotes better vegetation on solar farmsRead More

Commercial inverter manufacturers like CPS America are easing installation and O&M with separable wireboxes.

Seven trends from our 2019 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

May 14, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

We asked every inverter manufacturer to tell us about their latest and greatest products for our 2019 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide. What came back was a range of innovations from the most powerful microinverter on the market to the latest utility-scale string technology. At this point, solar inverter spec sheetsRead More

Solar System Wire Management Buyer’s Guide 2019

Solar System Wire Management Buyer’s Guide 2019

May 7, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

We humans have a lot in common with wires. We are vessels of energy and information that need grounding for stability. When put in situations that best suit our skillsets, we thrive. We are also prone to getting tangled up, stuck in our own way. We can be fragile. WeRead More

Solar PV plant maintenance white paper: Optimizing Solar PV Plant Performance with AutoMow

Solar PV plant maintenance white paper: Optimizing Solar PV Plant Performance with AutoMow

April 29, 2019 at 8:00 am 1 comment

The following white paper was sent our way by By Bri Bruce, marketing manager for AutoMow. Though the topic is often overlooked in comparison to other plant concerns, vegetation control is an important consideration for utility-scale PV plant operation and maintenance. Unchecked vegetation growth can lead to shading of theRead More

Our four big takeaways from the 2019 California Solar Power Expo: Storage, storage, policy and more storage

Our four big takeaways from the 2019 California Solar Power Expo: Storage, storage, policy and more storage

April 26, 2019 at 6:30 pm Comments are Disabled

A great discussion of the state of solar+storage policy and markets at @SEIA‘s California #SolarEXPO with @SEIA rate expert Tom Beach, @CALSSA_org ED Bernadette @DelChiaroSolar,and @ENGIEResources CA Policy Lead Allie Detrio pic.twitter.com/1jHvfNe20a — Rick Umoff (@RickUmoff) April 25, 2019 This is not your grandfather’s grid. Almost one-third of the generationRead More

Overview of Vector solar lab; this is new space (and people) devoted to solar.

How Apex Solar Power streamlined its PE letter process with Vector Structural Engineers

April 23, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Apex Solar Power is headquartered in tranquil Queensbury, N.Y., which is upstate close to Lake George and not too far from the Vermont line. Over the past two years alone, Apex has installed more than 3,000 home and business solar systems throughout the Northeast. Along the way it has learnedRead More

Wire you doing that? Top four solar installation wire management issues

Wire you doing that? Top four solar installation wire management issues

April 23, 2019 at 8:01 am Comments are Disabled

1. Cross-mating Cross-mating, which refers to the plugging of connectors from different manufacturers (between modules to optimizers/microinverters, modules to field-connectors, optimizers to field connectors or field connectors to the BOS system) is one of the most common PV wiring mistakes. In fact, the EU-funded Solar Bankability Project’s Failure Modes andRead More

How to predictably scale and grow your solar installation business

How to predictably scale and grow your solar installation business

April 16, 2019 at 7:59 am Comments are Disabled

Even as the residential solar installation market continues to grow, most solar businesses are looking for ways to lower the cost of acquiring new customers. How can your residential solar contracting business manage customer acquisition so that you have the right amount of business through each season without over-spending onRead More