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Load Profiles: How different storage systems, microgrid controllers fit specific C&I sites

Load Profiles: How different storage systems, microgrid controllers fit specific C&I sites

September 10, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

This section originally appeared in the Summer 2020 issue of Solar Builder. Subscribe today (print or digital) for free right here. Church Load profile: This church in Bakersfield, Calif., is actually multiple facilities. It has two sanctuaries, a gymnasium, offices and classrooms. While certain small areas are occupied intermittently duringRead More

BayWa r.e. adds Enable Energy Inc. to expand its C&I, utility solar + storage services

BayWa r.e. adds Enable Energy Inc. to expand its C&I, utility solar + storage services

September 9, 2020 at 10:11 am Comments are Disabled

BayWa r.e. is making big moves to grow its presence in the Americas. The latest: BayWa r.e. acquired Enable Energy Inc. (EEI), a U.S.-based commercial and industrial (C&I) solar and energy storage solutions provider with extensive skills in engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) support. With 750Read More

The Pitch: Installing Generac’s PWRCell to provide whole-home power with existing electrical

The Pitch: Installing Generac’s PWRCell to provide whole-home power with existing electrical

September 8, 2020 at 8:44 am 1 comment

You can now provide whole home backup with just solar and a battery – no separate loads panel needed – via Generac’s PWRCell. Here to make The Pitch, explaining the beefed-up system specs and new technology, is Adam Schroeder product manager for PWRCell at Generac Power Systems. Highlights: – ARead More

Grid saturation lessons from Australia and Hawaii

Grid saturation lessons from Australia and Hawaii

September 3, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

A number of countries, states, and municipalities have been setting 100% clean energy goals. As the price of renewables keeps dropping, more people and businesses are turning to clean local energy, often in the form of rooftop solar. But in some locations, like Australia and Hawaii, solar adoption has beenRead More

What the SunPower, Maxeon split means for U.S. solar installers and EPCs

What the SunPower, Maxeon split means for U.S. solar installers and EPCs

September 2, 2020 at 10:49 am Comments are Disabled

Corporate-level comings and goings aren’t a huge focus for us at Solar Builder, but SunPower spinning off its international business and solar panel manufacturing into its own publicly traded entity, Maxeon Solar Technologies, has implications for U.S. solar professionals across all segments. Here’s what you need to know now, andRead More

How much battery do you really need?

How much battery do you really need?

September 1, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

One of the most common puzzles to a solar installation project with energy storage seems simple, but is quite complex to define: how much battery do we really need? The reason the answer isn’t as straightforward as pointing out a specific product or listing a kilowatt number is that itRead More

The Pitch: Mosaic explains contactless solar sales and 12-month zero payment deal

The Pitch: Mosaic explains contactless solar sales and 12-month zero payment deal

August 31, 2020 at 9:38 am Comments are Disabled

Today on the Pitch we look at a new residential solar financing program from Mosaic, PowerSwitch Zero, that requires no payments for 12 months, plus a slick contact-less way to make the sale — Portal 2X. It’s all perfectly aligned for this difficult, Covid-era time in residential solar sales. HereRead More

Last chance: Enter your best solar projects in our 2020 Project of the Year Awards

Last chance: Enter your best solar projects in our 2020 Project of the Year Awards

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

If you completed a solar project this year — the year of the coronavirus — congrats. That is no small feat. Reward yourself and all involved by submitting that project in Solar Builder’s Project of the Year Awards, where we highlight the most outstanding PV projects in the solar industryRead More

Pull the alarm: Rooftop solar fires are on the rise, studies point to two possible causes

Pull the alarm: Rooftop solar fires are on the rise, studies point to two possible causes

August 26, 2020 at 9:45 am Comments are Disabled

Solar PV system-caused fires are rare, but they are on the rise in the United States. The numbers here are hard to track down, but Lawrence Shaw, owner of Higher Powered LLC, a residential solar preventive maintenance company in Arizona, reached out to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), dug throughRead More

How to develop managers for your solar business (and why)

How to develop managers for your solar business (and why)

August 25, 2020 at 12:52 pm Comments are Disabled

Managing people is a difficult but rewarding job. At our own company, EnerBank, we like to develop and promote people from within whenever possible. We spend a great deal of time developing employees at all levels, in fact, because we view them through the lens of their potential, knowing theyRead More