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The Skylift is a new mounting product designed for attaching to an existing roof, grounding one end of the patio while elevating the ceiling and solar array.

Side Business: Three solar contractors discuss selling, constructing solar-covered patios

January 22, 2019 at 8:00 am 1 comment

Solar-covered patios are a niche product worth exploring as part of your solar business. The first step in pursuing these projects is knowing they aren’t for everyone. Many solar customers are interested in cost per watt, so pitching an addition that comes in around $7 per watt will stop conversations.Read More

Grid Neutral: How this DC transformerless inverter brings affordable off-grid power to the grid

Grid Neutral: How this DC transformerless inverter brings affordable off-grid power to the grid

January 14, 2019 at 1:54 pm Comments are Disabled

The latest advancements in solar + storage systems have been a departure from the history in this category — mainly, doomsday preppers and hippies getting off the grid, man. No, the solutions of tomorrow are grid-tied but built to reduce a home’s dependency on the grid, using time of useRead More

SolaTrim is a lightweight aluminum skirt that is attached with a 3M VHB 5952 peel and stick adhesive.

PV Protection: Four reasons you should already be installing protective barriers on solar arrays

January 8, 2019 at 7:00 am Comments are Disabled

Installing a protective barrier or skirt with a rooftop solar system should no longer be considered an add-on or upgrade but rather an integral part of the design. The argument why is self-explanatory once you play out the scenario. So, let’s play it out. A protective barrier provides pest protection.Read More

Green Applications | Gordonsville, Va. | 868 kW 
Green Applications is a printer and distributor of textile merchandise, and this is the largest net-metered distributed generation project in the entire state of Virginia. Projects like these are helping to grow the market in Virginia, showing that C&I solar works financially. Working with the VirginiaSAVES program, Sun Tribe Solar was able to secure investors to move the project forward as a Power Purchase Agreement.

Energy Planners: A low-carbon future starts with partnership

December 20, 2018 at 7:49 am Comments are Disabled

Sustainability directors are faced with increasing pressure to establish ambitious sustainability goals for their companies, but what they often lack are the right partners to help bring them to fruition. Charting a path from sustainability goal inception to completion requires strategic partnerships with industry experts willing to stick by companiesRead More

NEC 2017 Primer for Solar Installers: Manufacturers explain how their products meet the updated code

NEC 2017 Primer for Solar Installers: Manufacturers explain how their products meet the updated code

December 10, 2018 at 11:17 am Comments are Disabled

Jan. 1, 2019, is almost upon us, which means the National Electric Code (NEC) 2017 is almost in effect. Not all jurisdictions will be up to speed (hell, some aren’t even up on NEC 2014 yet), but around 24 states will require compliance immediately. We asked a variety of manufacturersRead More

The 2-MW solar rooftop system at Francis Scott Key Mall in Frederick, Md., is Safari Energy’s eighth in the state, bringing the total capacity of Safari Energy’s commercial rooftop solar systems in Maryland to nearly 10 MW.

Blue light special: Retail is struggling, but solar can be a ray of hope

December 4, 2018 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

As we enter the holiday season, the retail industry is facing challenging times. Business Insider reported that electronics, grocery stores, department stores and drug stores are among the sectors threatened by online retailers such as Amazon. Businesses that were considered “too big to fail” such as Toys ‘R’ Us andRead More

Solar design and financial analysis software example.

PV Pointer: Three tactics for better solar designs under time of use rates

November 27, 2018 at 9:24 am Comments are Disabled

The promise of lower utility bills is a key motivator for most prospective solar customers, but time of use (TOU) rates — which charge different electricity prices depending on the time of day — add complexity to finding the best deal for the customer. Luckily, there are several strategies solarRead More