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The Green Bank Programs Making Solar Financing More Accessible, Part 2

Green banks are making it easier to access solar loans and other financing options for solar PV. We explain green bank solar programs in Hawaii and California.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

The Green Bank Programs Making Solar Financing More Accessible, Part 1

Green banks are making it easier to access solar loans and other financing options for solar PV. We explain programs in Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

The Aurora Blog’s Top 10 Articles of 2017

As 2017 draws to a close, the Aurora blog is looking back at our work and what resonated most with readers. Don't miss these top articles from the last year!

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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.

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