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Context Clues: Know where to find the value when selling commercial solar solutions

Context Clues: Know where to find the value when selling commercial solar solutions

March 20, 2018 at 10:52 am Comments are Disabled

Land in any airport, and the view tells the story. Commercial buildings with fresh paint and no solar panels on them yet. Residential customers may commit to solar for a variety of personal and ethical reasons, but nonresidential property owners tend toward the pragmatic. They make business decisions based onRead More

Closer to the grid connection, interrupt ratings are higher, which is why SolarBOS recommends fuses instead of breakers.

DC decisions: Large-scale PV wiring trends are leaving behind DC combiners, cables

March 5, 2018 at 9:09 am Comments are Disabled

All large-scale PV projects will involve a ton of modules and only one grid connection, so all of the aggregation decisions made in between comprise a big chunk of a profitable project pitch. We asked two major eBOS suppliers for the trends leading the way in large-scale PV wiring inRead More

PV Pointer: How to optimize PV system structural design for environmental hazards

PV Pointer: How to optimize PV system structural design for environmental hazards

February 26, 2018 at 11:19 am Comments are Disabled

According to a recent study by SolarPower Europe, new solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity installed worldwide in 2016 reached more than 76 gigawatts. This was largely due to dramatic growth led by the United States and China, with both countries almost doubling the amount of solar added from 2015. Globally thereRead More

Battery chemistry matters: What to know before installing solar + storage systems

Battery chemistry matters: What to know before installing solar + storage systems

February 20, 2018 at 8:00 am 1 comment

The days when a residential or commercial solar installer did not need to know the difference in performance between lead-acid and lithium-based batteries are over. Battery storage has emerged as an unavoidable complement to solar, slashing peak charges and outwitting utility time-of-use charge games, not to mention saving microgrids fromRead More

The LONGi-term play: Get familiar with this record-breaking Chinese manufacturer

The LONGi-term play: Get familiar with this record-breaking Chinese manufacturer

February 13, 2018 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Even amid the tariff uncertainty, China-based LONGi Solar is ready to establish a bigger presence in the U.S. and intrigues us in the (ahem) long-term. Wholly owned by LONGi Group, there was speculation that in a punitive tariff scenario the company might consider establishing its own U.S. manufacturing line, butRead More

Rapid Shutdown and Beyond: Inside NEC 2017 and the effort to streamline PV design

Rapid Shutdown and Beyond: Inside NEC 2017 and the effort to streamline PV design

February 8, 2018 at 11:00 am Comments are Disabled

New codes and regulations are notorious for raising prices and halting innovation in industries, but the new rapid shutdown requirements facing the solar industry are having the opposite effect. Thanks to a coalition of manufacturers and interested parties across solar, the solutions being developed to meet NEC 2017 Module LevelRead More

Look at all of these. Installers often change modules based on availability, so being able to test in-house is a big time savings.

This is Certifiable: Ecolibrium Solar walks us through the UL 2703 testing process

February 5, 2018 at 9:30 am Comments are Disabled

Simplification is one of the key objectives of the solar industry, but the path to get there, ironically, is super detailed. Removing components to simplify a racking system, being compatible (and compliant) with a broad range of suppliers and just generally re-thinking what’s already been established is a deliberate andRead More

Ask a Distributor: We ask distributors for their purchasing advice, products to watch in 2018

Ask a Distributor: We ask distributors for their purchasing advice, products to watch in 2018

January 29, 2018 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

Solar is now the No. 1 new source of capacity being added to the grid, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, and solar installer is the fastest growing job in the country according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. And what’s the reason for the rise of this newRead More