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Solar design tips, sales advice, and industry insights from the premier solar design software platform


A (Solar) Christmas Story

We designed a solar installation for the 1983 movie A Christmas Story (a real home in Cleveland, Ohio!) using Aurora solar design software.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

SDG&E’s New Time of Use Rates: How Solar Savings Are Changing, Backed by Data

In December 2017, SDG&E introduced new time of use rate schedules. We explain the important implications for solar customers' utility bill savings.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

What is a Green Bank? How These Institutions Are Catalyzing Solar Markets

Green banks are a new type of financing institution spurring dramatic growth in solar. We explain how they work and why they matter for solar contractors.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Revitalizing Coal Country with Solar Energy: The Story of Solar Holler

Solar Holler is not your typical solar company; they provide an alternative to coal in West Virginia through affordable solar energy and solar job training.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

The Importance of Discounting Future Solar Savings

If you're not applying a discount rate, you're likely misrepresenting the financial returns of solar energy. We explain why and how to use a discount rate.

Samuel AdeyemoSamuel Adeyemo

California’s New Smart Inverter Requirements: What “Rule 21” Means for Solar Design

California is the first U.S. state to require the use of smart inverters in solar systems. We explain 'Rule 21' and how your solar projects can comply.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

How Virtual Net Metering Opens New Markets of Solar Customers

Virtual net metering makes solar energy accessible to groups that have largely been left out to date. We explain what it is and how it serves these groups.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Solar Design Lessons from the 2017 Solar Decathlon Winners

The U.S. Solar Decathlon challenges student teams to build solar-powered houses. We explore the top designs from the 2017 competition.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

What Makes a Solar Sales Proposal Successful? 5 Tips for Proposals that Close

Your sales proposal for a solar PV system is what the customer will have as they decide between you and competitors. These tips will make it more effective.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

11 Clever Solar House Designs from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017

The U.S. Solar Decathlon challenges college teams to build energy-efficient houses powered exclusively by solar energy. We modeled the designs in Aurora.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong