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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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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

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 Comments are Disabled

“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

How to maximize large-scale PV site value with string design

How to maximize large-scale PV site value with string design

June 8, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Service models and technology at the string inverter level are vastly improved from where they were a few years ago. Earlier this week we looked at the value of choosing string inverters over central inverters for projects upward of 20 MW, thanks to 1,500-volt architecture, and then the nuances ofRead More

Using national brands to strengthen the sales of long-tail solar installers

Using national brands to strengthen the sales of long-tail solar installers

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

Manufacturer installer programs can be a win-win for both sides — a symbiotic relationship — in which solar installers deliver quality systems and strengthen their place in their markets, and manufacturers ensure their products and brand names are installed far and wide and synonymous with the best installers in theRead More

Saving costs with large-scale string inverter design, part 2

Saving costs with large-scale string inverter design, part 2

June 6, 2018 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

During this first week of Attack the Tariff, we are looking at all of the efficiencies to be gained and costs to be saved through large-scale string inverter design. In part 1, we looked at the main economic argument for deploying string inverters in large-scale PV projects. Basically, now thatRead More

Saving costs with large-scale string inverter design, part 1

Saving costs with large-scale string inverter design, part 1

June 5, 2018 at 7:30 am Comments are Disabled

String inverters are now a staple of the commercial and industrial and small utility-scale segments, which was solely the domain of central inverters once upon a time. The trend started about six years ago when string inverters souped-up to 1,000 volts and developers and EPCs saw the value in chasingRead More

Crowd Sourced: Details on a plan for drastic cost reductions, wide deployment of community-scale solar

Crowd Sourced: Details on a plan for drastic cost reductions, wide deployment of community-scale solar

June 1, 2018 at 7:30 am Comments are Disabled

Community solar to this point has been more of a riddle than a segment. Generally referring to shared solar development that accepts capital from and provides output credit to subscribers and other investors, the potential of the community solar segment is massive. Removing roof and space constraints from the equation,Read More