Solar Builder Special Reports

For solar installation topics that require more room than will fit in a regular print magazines, we turn them into Solar Builder Special Reports. All of the downloadable Solar Builder Special Reports below were produced in partnership with industry sponsors. If you have an idea for a Solar Builder Special Report, let us know at

Integrating for Success

Integrating for Solar Success

This whitepaper is a game changer, providing you with the tools and knowledge to not only survive but thrive. Explore solutions to improve automation, reduce admin time, gain real-time data for business decisions & delight your customers for a brighter, greener future. Download it here.

5 Ways to Maximize Home Battery Investments

Special Report: 5 Ways to Maximize Home Battery Investments

In this special report, Panasonic experts explain five ways to maximize that ESS investment. They also showcase how the full EVERVOLT product line — from new solar modules to ESS to energy management — can make a difference. Download it here.

The Case for Microinverters in C&I Solar

AP Systems Microinverters Special Report

Technology is changing the norms of commercial and industrial (C&I) rooftop solar system design. Panels are getting huge and climbing upward of 600 W. UL 3741 compliant systems are expanding options for meeting NEC 690.12. And beefed up microinverters are poised to do for C&I what they’ve done for residential solar — simplify everything. Unsure about that last one? Then it’s time to get up to speed on the advancements of microinverters built for C&I. Solar Builder explores the case with APsystems in this special report. Download it here.

Eagleview Whitepaper

Breaking Down and Breaking Through Soft Costs

In the US residential solar market, system costs have declined by 25% since 2014. However, customer acquisition and overhead costs have increased by 31% during the same time. Additionally, the Solar Energy Industries Association points out that soft costs in the US are some of the highest globally, representing 60–70% of the total cost of residential-scale solar PV systems. Based on data like these, it is no surprise that solar industry stakeholders have a collective and often self-reinforcing perception that a solar PV system’s soft costs are perpetually stubborn. This whitepaper explores opportunities to reduce soft costs in residential-scale systems in the US solar market by streamlining and optimizing the solar sales process and business operations and workflow. Many opportunities to mitigate individual soft costs presented here also apply to small commercial systems.

top 10 reasons to go rail-less

Top 10 Reasons To Go Rail-less

When you look at the largest residential solar installers across America, for the most part, they’ve all gone rail-less. What was once a niche option is now the installer go-to for the most prominent and smallest installers alike. In Top 10 Reasons to Go Rail-less, Roof Tech goes in-depth to make the case, showing how rail-less solar mounting: Gives Designers and Installers Flexibility, Reduces Structural Stress, Requires Less Material, Eases Supply Chain Challenges, Eliminates the #1 Cause of Water Intrusion and much more.


Solving Home Battery Storage For Every Customer

Solar plus battery storage technology is now a readily accessible and affordable option for many homeowners. The tricky part is designing a system that puts the solar array’s output and the battery’s capacity to best use. The pairing must provide consistent, reliable power when a homeowner needs and/or wants it — which could be two different things. In this free report, Panasonic assesses three customers with different home profiles who all have different expectations for how their system will perform, and match the best solar + battery system for their needs.

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