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Solar System Wire Management Buyer’s Guide 2019

Solar System Wire Management Buyer’s Guide 2019

May 7, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

We humans have a lot in common with wires. We are vessels of energy and information that need grounding for stability. When put in situations that best suit our skillsets, we thrive. We are also prone to getting tangled up, stuck in our own way. We can be fragile. WeRead More

Wire you doing that? Top four solar installation wire management issues

Wire you doing that? Top four solar installation wire management issues

April 23, 2019 at 8:01 am Comments are Disabled

1. Cross-mating Cross-mating, which refers to the plugging of connectors from different manufacturers (between modules to optimizers/microinverters, modules to field-connectors, optimizers to field connectors or field connectors to the BOS system) is one of the most common PV wiring mistakes. In fact, the EU-funded Solar Bankability Project’s Failure Modes andRead More

How to predictably scale and grow your solar installation business

How to predictably scale and grow your solar installation business

April 16, 2019 at 7:59 am Comments are Disabled

Even as the residential solar installation market continues to grow, most solar businesses are looking for ways to lower the cost of acquiring new customers. How can your residential solar contracting business manage customer acquisition so that you have the right amount of business through each season without over-spending onRead More

PV Pointer: Maintain edge distance for compliant roof attachment

PV Pointer: Maintain edge distance for compliant roof attachment

April 11, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

The quality of a solar installation has many parameters. One frequently underevaluated aspect is a compliant roof attachment. Load calculations that determine the number and spacing of attachment points prescribe not only the length of lag screws that must enter structural members but also their edge distance or the effectiveRead More

Get Connected: Best practices for eliminating PV connector failures

Get Connected: Best practices for eliminating PV connector failures

April 9, 2019 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

PV connectors play a crucial role in the wiring of solar arrays. As designed and if correctly installed, they provide a high-voltage, high-current, low-resistance DC connection in a housing that is water-tight, temperature-resilient, UV and wire-pull-resistive over the 25-year-plus life of the solar installation. In addition, their snap- together connectionRead More

Crossing Wires: Solar installers are connecting new services to spark new sources of business

Crossing Wires: Solar installers are connecting new services to spark new sources of business

April 2, 2019 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

More solar installers are adding products and services to their core offering, both to help customers fulfill their sustainable energy goals and to drive ancillary revenue. Products like battery storage, EV charging stations, Smart Home devices and electrical upgrades are natural add-ons for many customers. At the same time, moreRead More

Countdown to California 2020 part II: Constructing a new solar pathway

Countdown to California 2020 part II: Constructing a new solar pathway

March 27, 2019 at 7:51 am Comments are Disabled

We wrapped our arms around California’s new Building Energy Efficiency standards in Installment I of the Countdown to 2020. In this installment, we take a closer look at how these 80,000 annual additions to the solar pipeline (based on historical averages) will more broadly impact the California solar market. RegulationsRead More

Riding the Wave: How Morningstar designed its software-first solar inverter for the lithium battery age

Riding the Wave: How Morningstar designed its software-first solar inverter for the lithium battery age

March 18, 2019 at 9:10 am Comments are Disabled

Solar inverters have improved so much over the years that they are all starting to seem comparable in power and performance these days, but a new entry hitting the market from Morningstar stands out because it wasn’t being built for “these days.” For starters, Morningstar isn’t a solar inverter company.Read More