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January is Installer Education month on SolarBuildermag.com, sponsored by Rolls Battery. Here’s a roundup of education / training-focused articles from our archives that run the gamut from residential sizing basics to complex utility-scale layouts.

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How much battery do you really need?

How much battery do you really need?

September 1, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

One of the most common puzzles to a solar installation project with energy storage seems simple, but is quite complex to define: how much battery do we really need? The reason the answer isn’t as straightforward as pointing out a specific product or listing a kilowatt number is that itRead More

Pull the alarm: Rooftop solar fires are on the rise, studies point to two possible causes

Pull the alarm: Rooftop solar fires are on the rise, studies point to two possible causes

August 26, 2020 at 9:45 am Comments are Disabled

Solar PV system-caused fires are rare, but they are on the rise in the United States. The numbers here are hard to track down, but Lawrence Shaw, owner of Higher Powered LLC, a residential solar preventive maintenance company in Arizona, reached out to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), dug throughRead More

How to develop managers for your solar business (and why)

How to develop managers for your solar business (and why)

August 25, 2020 at 12:52 pm Comments are Disabled

Managing people is a difficult but rewarding job. At our own company, EnerBank, we like to develop and promote people from within whenever possible. We spend a great deal of time developing employees at all levels, in fact, because we view them through the lens of their potential, knowing theyRead More

How to manage your solar company’s online reputation according to SolarReviews

How to manage your solar company’s online reputation according to SolarReviews

August 18, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

For better or worse, the internet is now a major part of every business. Many customers search for reviews about potential contractors before committing to a company, making what they find online about your business extremely important. In fact, upward of 90% of people make decisions based on what theyRead More

Paralleling power controls: onboard vs. centrally located

Paralleling power controls: onboard vs. centrally located

August 17, 2020 at 12:19 pm 1 comment

Many facilities run several generators in parallel to ensure power reliability and guarantee sufficient emergency or backup power. Paralleling generators in this way improves reliability, increases load management flexibility, manages run time on engines and provides maintenance flexibility reducing generator costs. Synchronizing engine generators to a common bus, operators canRead More

Storm season prep: Best practices for renewable energy project resiliency

Storm season prep: Best practices for renewable energy project resiliency

August 12, 2020 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

Earlier this summer, a study projected 16 tropical storms to hit the Caribbean and Atlantic coasts, eight of which would turn into hurricanes, making it a record-breaking year for hurricanes. This forecast, coupled with the heightened need for optimized health and critical infrastructure amidst the COVID-19 crisis, makes it clearRead More

A microgrid at Sandbar Solar & Electric Warehouse. Photo via Blue Planet Energy.

What really makes a microgrid, a microgrid?

July 21, 2020 at 8:08 am 1 comment

Though there are many specific definitions of a microgrid, at its core a microgrid means the ability of a distributed energy resource, typically solar PV and battery energy storage, to both interact with the utility grid and stand alone with no utility. From a technical perspective, what are the key elementsRead More

ARCHIVED Webinar: Simplify Residential Energy Storage Sales with Panasonic

ARCHIVED Webinar: Simplify Residential Energy Storage Sales with Panasonic

July 7, 2020 at 8:05 am Comments are Disabled

REGISTER HERE With some analysts estimating that one in four residential solar installations will include energy storage this year, this presentation will explore how to simplify the sales process and increase your attachment ratio for residential energy storage using Panasonic’s EverVolt. EverVolt can be installed with a new or existingRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Managing Risk for Maximum Value in Residential PV with SMA and the SunSpec Alliance

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: Managing Risk for Maximum Value in Residential PV with SMA and the SunSpec Alliance

July 6, 2020 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Please join us for this educational session where we will illuminate the path to effectively decrease business risks while maximizing the benefits for you and your residential PV customers. Among the considerations we will highlight are energy production, reliability, standardization and service. Tom Tansy from the SunSpec Alliance will joinRead More

How radiant heat increases injury, illness risk for rooftop solar workers (and four prevention tips)

How radiant heat increases injury, illness risk for rooftop solar workers (and four prevention tips)

June 23, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Working on a rooftop, closer to the sun and out of the shade, puts workers at increased risk for heat injuries and illnesses. The good news is that heat illnesses are 100 percent preventable if you understand what happens to the body while it’s working on that hot rooftop. The scienceRead More