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Solar Distancing, ep. 2: What should solar installers work on during this down time?

Solar Distancing, ep. 2: What should solar installers work on during this down time?

March 24, 2020 at 8:27 am Comments are Disabled

Solar businesses, like all businesses, are having a rough go of it because of the COVID-19 pandemic. In this forced down period, it might be time to review your sales and marketing efforts. Andrew Azure, senior marketing and communications director for Outback Power, joins us to discuss some of hisRead More

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Solar PV technology trends from the 2020 Inverter Buyer’s Guide

March 24, 2020 at 8:09 am Comments are Disabled

As part of our 2020 Solar PV Inverter Buyer’s Guide, we asked manufacturers to tell us one trend emerging in the marketplace solar installers should be considering. Here is what they had to say. Residential Inverters as a strategic hub Lior Handelsman, VP of Marketing & Product Strategy and FounderRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 1: What the heck is this?

Solar Distancing, ep. 1: What the heck is this?

March 23, 2020 at 10:02 am Comments are Disabled

Welcome to episode 1 of Solar Distancing with your quarantined host Chris Crowell, managing editor of Solar Builder. Solar Distancing is a reaction to our current predicament — the pandemic isn’t time to panic – it is a time to prep! Solar Distancing will be a short series of informalRead More

Five key considerations of industrial solar leasing

Five key considerations of industrial solar leasing

March 19, 2020 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

Industrial property owners are increasingly turning to rooftop solar facilities to add value to their portfolios and maximize the profitability of their assets, as well as to increase renewable energy sources for the greater good. While the general principles of commercial leasing apply to rooftop solar leases, there are aRead More

Beyond code: Safety advice for installing solar PV DC connectors and cables

Beyond code: Safety advice for installing solar PV DC connectors and cables

March 19, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

  As multiple data collection shows, DC cabling is 1% of the total project cost, but it is also the number one source of technical failures in PV projects and greatly affects the LCOE and safety of your project. Stäubli would like to share our 20 years of experience inRead More

Rapid Shutdown NEC 2017: There are more options than you think

Rapid Shutdown NEC 2017: There are more options than you think

March 18, 2020 at 10:54 am Comments are Disabled

With the provisions of National Electrical Code (NEC) 2017 article 690.12 now being applied in over 30 states and growing (and which we re-examined this week), many suppliers and contractors are struggling to determine which Rapid Shutdown Devices (RSD) on the market are compliant and compatible with the modules andRead More

Peak Protection: Right-size overcurrent protection to ensure equipment reliability

Peak Protection: Right-size overcurrent protection to ensure equipment reliability

March 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm Comments are Disabled

The use of solar string inverters impacts AC collection systems across commercial, industrial and utility-scale solar PV projects. If peak solar project operating conditions are ignored when sizing the AC collection system, it can lead to equipment overheating, nuisance tripping, system failure and reduced power generation. Adding complexity to theRead More

Clean energy leaders discuss a 100 percent clean energy future at IREC Vision Summit

Clean energy leaders discuss a 100 percent clean energy future at IREC Vision Summit

March 17, 2020 at 10:14 am Comments are Disabled

Just before the country fell under quarantine, national, state, and local decision makers and clean energy thought leaders were able to convene in the nation’s capitol to discuss the pathways and critical steps needed to make bold clean energy goals a reality at the second annual IREC Vision Summit hostedRead More

Rapid Shutdown Rewind: Let’s re-examine the impact of NEC 2017 on rooftop solar PV safety and installer choice

Rapid Shutdown Rewind: Let’s re-examine the impact of NEC 2017 on rooftop solar PV safety and installer choice

March 16, 2020 at 10:00 am 5 comments

The Solar+ Decade is starting off as the module-level power electronics (MLPE) decade. In its most recent U.S. PV Leaderboard, Wood Mackenzie reports SolarEdge inverters and optimizers were used on 60.5 percent of U.S. residential installations through the first three quarters of 2019, with Enphase a distant second at 19.2Read More

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Beyond code: The effects of cost cutting in racking, modules on wire management

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

When we talk about wire management and the code, it is easy to meet the basics of the NEC: neat and orderly, secured every 2 to 4 feet, proper bend radius, among others. But meeting the basics of the NEC tells a completely different story than having and executing aRead More