30 Day Campaign to Attack the Solar Tariff

Attack the solar tariff

Projections show decreases in solar installations and job growth for the next four years because of the #TrumpTariffs. The good news is: the solar industry thrives at squashing projections, and we at Solar Builder would like to help in that effort and Attack the Tariff! Starting June 4, Solar Builder is teaming with several sponsors to share 30 ideas (large and small) over 30 days for solar industry contractors, EPCs and developers to improve solar project economics and reduce costs — and counter the 30 percent tariff. Come back to this page or watch your email inbox each day for a new tip, idea, best practice, financial concept, product solution, etc., that will address PV system installation, development, logistics and soft costs — everything beyond the price of modules.

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Midwest Values: How to identify market opportunities outside of solar hotbeds

Midwest Values: How to identify market opportunities outside of solar hotbeds

June 22, 2018 at 7:00 am 1 comment

Accurately calculating – Avoided cost of solar from Energy Toolbase on Vimeo. A good starting point for identifying an advantageous solar market is to look at the average retail cost of electricity. For behind-the-meter (BTM) solar projects, high retail electricity prices enable solar project economics to look more attractive. TheRead More

We shift you not: A ground-mount solar system without piles

We shift you not: A ground-mount solar system without piles

June 21, 2018 at 7:00 am 1 comment

At Intersolar North America 2017, we caught wind of a new fixed tilt ground-mount system developed by Nuance Energy, but at the booth there was no physical system on display. Instead, Founder and CEO Brian C. Boguess handed me VR goggles to look through, which now feels appropriate because itRead More

How a transparent, modern grid properly values solar, DER

How a transparent, modern grid properly values solar, DER

June 20, 2018 at 7:00 am 3 comments

Much of our Attack the Tariff campaign is focused on market-based innovations that improve the upfront costs and long-term value for a variety of solar projects. But state-based solutions and local movements often make the biggest impact. In a series of white papers this year, the Solar Energy Industries AssociationRead More

Ecolibrium EcoFoot system

Degrees of Separation: How to mount commercial rooftop PV systems to maximize energy

June 19, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

On commercial rooftops, design trends are all about maximizing energy density. Module selection is a huge factor there, but so are the layout and tilt decisions — figuring out the perfect shape and tilt to mount as many modules as possible without compromising their performance. Pairing the right racking systemRead More

HydroBlox transports water from high head pressure to low head pressure, creating a path of least resistance.

This non-traditional solar site drainage solution could save you thousands

June 18, 2018 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Installing or building the perfect site requires planning beyond the system itself. In ground-mount applications, for example, field drainage is an underrated attribute. Drainage Explained Typically, the energy dissipation methods on a solar site are aggregate, fabric cloth and perforated pipe. This requires excavation and removal of excess soil asRead More

The EnSync Home Energy System includes high-efficiency “LFP” lithium-ion batteries, a Matrix Energy Management system with 9-kWac output capacity, modular energy storage capacity of 9-kWh increments, modular DC-DC converters and the DER Flex Internet of Energy control platform.

Solar + Sharing: Connect groups of homeowners, renters via one solar + storage network

June 15, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

Brad Hansen, president and CEO of EnSync Energy Systems, believes solar + storage for the home is still “in the dark ages.” EnSync Energy Systems has built a reputation for deploying high-value distributed energy resources (DERs) in the C&I segment. So why is Hansen discussing residential solar + storage? Well,Read More

OMCO’s Field-Fast racking design incorporates value-added touches that leverage its OEM factory-direct capability.

Saving studies for modular, FieldFast ground-mount system reveal big cost reductions

June 14, 2018 at 7:09 am 0 comments

In this uncertain #TrumpTariffs market, many investors have less appetite for newer, less proven systems, seeing that as another avenue of risk in projects where pennies and seconds count more than ever. This puts the spotlight on companies and products that can deliver the most certainty in terms of upfrontRead More

Solar project logistics: Calculating the value of an efficient supply chain

Solar project logistics: Calculating the value of an efficient supply chain

June 13, 2018 at 7:00 am 3 comments

What is a supply chain? It is the flow of all components that go into a given product, and then the flow of that product from its manufacturing origin to its end destination. In a global economy (yes, there still is one, despite Trump’s best efforts) the path from cradleRead More

Power factor boost: Make sure to maximize revenue in design, data monitoring

Power factor boost: Make sure to maximize revenue in design, data monitoring

June 12, 2018 at 7:05 am 0 comments

Remember the Seinfeld episode where the rental car company took Jerry’s reservation, but still didn’t have a car for him? “You know how to take the reservation, you just don’t know how to hold the reservation. And that’s really the most important part: the holding. Anybody can just take them.” That’sRead More

Solar carport developers find low-cost opportunity despite the tariffs

Solar carport developers find low-cost opportunity despite the tariffs

June 11, 2018 at 7:30 am 0 comments

“But whatever the reason [for the tariff], the consequences probably won’t be severe. The solar revolution is happening so fast that the tariff will make little difference.” — Noah Smith, Bloomberg. This quote from Bloomberg is certainly true, but the immediate effect has unquestionably caused some projects that were “onRead More