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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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Roof assessment checklist for rack-mounted solar installs

Roof assessment checklist for rack-mounted solar installs

June 17, 2020 at 8:00 am 3 comments

The technology and techniques for mounting solar panels on roofs has been around for a surprisingly long time (as early as 1884). Thanks to that history and the improvement of techniques over time, rack-mounted solar panels present the lowest financial barrier to homeowners considering solar. There are, however, many thingsRead More

Directional wind effects on single-axis solar tracker stow strategies explored in new whitepaper

Directional wind effects on single-axis solar tracker stow strategies explored in new whitepaper

June 15, 2020 at 3:44 pm Comments are Disabled

The solar industry continues to see impressive growth in all corners of the world. While that statement itself points to a positive trend – it brings with it an issue that has been slowly rearing its head as solar PV finds its way to more and more regions: How canRead More

Self-flashing mounts for solar PV systems explained

Self-flashing mounts for solar PV systems explained

June 10, 2020 at 12:02 pm 1 comment

“Self-flashing mounts” is perhaps a new term for the PV mounting industry. It is a unique concept, so let’s look at how it should be interpreted. Flashing defined Perhaps we begin by interpreting the word “flashing” from the IRC (International Residential Code): IRC R903.2 FLASHING Flashings shall be installed inRead More

Residential Mounting and Racking Buyer’s Guide 2020: The How-To Edition

Residential Mounting and Racking Buyer’s Guide 2020: The How-To Edition

June 1, 2020 at 9:31 am 1 comment

For this year’s Residential Mounting and Racking Buyer’s Guide, we asked residential rooftop mounting and rail system providers to tell us exactly how one of their systems installs and what the advantages might be for certain roofs and solar installation companies. Here is what they had to say. SunModo’s NanoMountRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: C&I solar demo — How to Utilize the Fronius Symo Advanced in Commercial Projects

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: C&I solar demo — How to Utilize the Fronius Symo Advanced in Commercial Projects

May 19, 2020 at 2:00 pm Comments are Disabled

The commercial and industrial (C&I) space is one of the most challenging environments for solar installations, however it can also be the most lucrative. Installers and designers must choose the best equipment when making a C&I solar investment. In this free, 1-hour educational webinar, get to understand the flexibility andRead More

10 structural solar mounting problems to avoid, observed by PV Diagnostics

10 structural solar mounting problems to avoid, observed by PV Diagnostics

May 12, 2020 at 8:00 am 1 comment

One of the most important factors while optimizing the cost of a solar power plant is Module Mounting Structure (MMS), which is a key ingredient in the successful running of a solar power plant. Most of the BoS components like transformers, inverter, cables, SCB, etc. are bought from the suppliersRead More

Safety considerations for assessing module-level shutdown solutions

Safety considerations for assessing module-level shutdown solutions

May 11, 2020 at 9:44 am Comments are Disabled

Now that California – the largest solar market in the U.S. – has adopted the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC), many solar installers wonder what a good solution for the Module Level Shutdown (Art. 690.12) requirement looks like. With safety being paramount, this article identifies the major criteria for assessingRead More

Corrosion and Conformity: Kern Solar on what solar gets wrong (and can learn from other energy industries)

Corrosion and Conformity: Kern Solar on what solar gets wrong (and can learn from other energy industries)

May 5, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

“We build with solar energy — our fabrication facility is powered by renewables. We really believe in it, but solar support structures are kind of a nuisance for me right now,” laughs Tony Worthen, VP of operations and product development at Kern Solar Structures, when giving me the rundown ofRead More

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: C&I Solar Profit Center — Conquer Soft Costs and Build Better Carports with Integrated Project Delivery

ARCHIVED WEBINAR: C&I Solar Profit Center — Conquer Soft Costs and Build Better Carports with Integrated Project Delivery

April 27, 2020 at 3:34 pm Comments are Disabled

Times are growing increasingly tough and competition in the solar industry continues to be fierce. Developers, contractors and EPCs looking to execute and construct solar C&I projects that are more efficient and profitable should look beyond common solar industry practices. In this webinar, the experts at Kern Solar Structures willRead 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