Solar Distancing videos

Extensible Energy tells us how to reduce commercial demand charges with just solar (no batteries)

Extensible Energy tells us how to reduce commercial demand charges with just solar (no batteries)

April 24, 2020 at 10:25 am Comments are Disabled

Solar PV systems for commercial buildings seem like a no-brainer considering the roof space, but growth has been slow in this segment in part because solar on its own doesn’t solve a commercial building’s biggest energy cost: monthly demand charges. Solving for demand charges usually means coupling the solar withRead 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

Watch: Generac explains its Power Zoning solar PV approach

Watch: Generac explains its Power Zoning solar PV approach

April 22, 2020 at 10:16 am Comments are Disabled

What is Power Zoning? Your guess is as good as ours, so we asked Jeff McAndrew, director of sales, for clean energy solutions at Generac to tell us. This concept, coming soon from the Generac Clean Energy team, is their approach to solar PV optimization and shade mitigation using fewerRead More

Watch: What is round-trip efficiency?

Watch: What is round-trip efficiency?

April 21, 2020 at 1:06 pm Comments are Disabled

The performance of a solar + storage system is tied to the round-trip efficiency of the entire system — how many electrons are captured and then lost along the journey from the sun to the batteries to the outlets of a home? The efficiency of that system can vary dependingRead 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

Solar Distancing: Trying to avoid peak electricity rates at home

Solar Distancing: Trying to avoid peak electricity rates at home

April 15, 2020 at 12:35 pm Comments are Disabled

As more solar is added to the grid, more utilities are changing their rate structures for homeowners, implementing “time of use” rates and “peak demand charges.” How are these higher rates and extra fees structured, and is there any way to combat them? Keith Marett, president of home energy managementRead More

The value of home energy monitoring apps as part of a PV project

The value of home energy monitoring apps as part of a PV project

April 14, 2020 at 12:30 pm Comments are Disabled

This new era of distributed energy is more than just generation (solar) and storage. When homeowners are also engaged with their energy usage, they can save on bills while also better utilizing their on-site solar PV and storage systems. Keith Marett, president of home energy management at Generac, joins usRead More

Virtual, no-touch sales and marketing plan for solar installation companies

Virtual, no-touch sales and marketing plan for solar installation companies

April 13, 2020 at 11:31 am Comments are Disabled

Residential solar sales have been hurt by coronavirus concerns — but customer interest and demand for home energy independence is higher than ever. Russ Minick, chief marketing officer of Generac, explains how solar companies can combine digital and streaming marketing with a virtual, touchless sales approach to sell solar +Read More

Watch: Creating an all-in home solar, battery storage and generator system with Generac

Watch: Creating an all-in home solar, battery storage and generator system with Generac

April 9, 2020 at 1:04 pm 1 comment

We are just at the start of an all-in home energy solution revolution – a combo of solar, battery storage and generator power. OK, so this has been a cobbled together solution off-grid for decades now, but big brands are putting their ingenuity and marketing muscle behind full systems thatRead More