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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How a Virginia Tech researcher plans to use smart inverters to change the grid

How a Virginia Tech researcher plans to use smart inverters to change the grid

June 29, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

The U.S. power grid, after faithfully delivering electricity to our neighborhoods for generations, is facing significant changes to how it operates — thanks to solar installations, wind farms, new energy storage systems and electric vehicles. As utilities meet the challenges of incorporating distributed energy sources on the low- and medium-voltageRead More

Financial floodgate: This new exchange opens up a $5 billion C&I solar financing network

Financial floodgate: This new exchange opens up a $5 billion C&I solar financing network

June 28, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

The C&I solar stalemate — with massive development potential on one side, and available but complex financing on the other – might finally be ending thanks to a clearer path to action. That path is the first finance exchange platform for C&I solar, which will allow developers and installers toRead More

Assess solar + storage’s value in terms of facility resilience

Assess solar + storage’s value in terms of facility resilience

June 27, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) updated its publicly available online solar+storage optimization tool, REopt Lite, which can be used to determine the sizing of resilient power technologies designed to support critical services. Recent disasters in places such as Puerto Rico, where widespread outages contributed to devastating loss of life, underscore howRead More

Award-winning solar site idea: Reducing one pound of steel per foot length of every pile

Award-winning solar site idea: Reducing one pound of steel per foot length of every pile

June 26, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Subtract one pound of steel per foot length from every pile used to support a solar photovoltaic panel, and you may save millions of pounds — and a lot of money. The idea, which involves changing the way photovoltaic ground mount piles are designed, came from a partnership between HDRRead More

SPF acts not only as an additional barrier to the elements, but it is also incredibly insulative.

Upgrading C&I rooftop solar installations with spray polyurethane foam

June 25, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

As we have continued our expansion in the commercial and industrial solar market (which includes commercial, industrial, municipal, university, school, cold storage, food-processing and hospital buildings), we’ve discovered something. If commercial building owners are not overly familiar with how solar arrays are installed, they have legitimate concerns about the potentialRead More

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 Comments are Disabled

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