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A Unique Group Purchasing Program Connecting Nonprofits with Solar

A persistent challenge solar contractors face is customer acquisition. Solar group purchasing programs present contractors a unique opportunity to win large solar projects. The Community Purchasing Alliance, whose solar group purchases connect DC-area nonprofits with solar, shares their insights.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Make the Most of SPI: Conference Highlights and Tips for Success

Solar Power International (SPI) 2018, the largest North American solar trade show and conference, is just around the corner! We’ve identified some great learning opportunities and events to add to your agenda–as well as some tips to keep in mind to get the most out of the event.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

How to Sell Solar in a Time of Use Rate World

As solar energy grows in popularity, more and more utilities are adopting Time of Use rates. That means it’s time to get smart about how you approach solar sales conversations when Time of Use rates apply. We discuss five strategies to effectively sell solar in areas with TOU rates.

Aurora SolarAurora Solar

5 Ways Solar Design Software Helps Contractors Work Smarter

Remote solar design software gives solar contractors powerful ways to improve their solar design and sales processes. These technology-driven benefits range from saving time and money by reducing visits to project sites to improving the accuracy of energy production estimates.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

California’s Solar Mandate for New Homes: What You Need to Know

California made history in May 2018, when it became the first state to mandate solar PV systems on all new homes. This decision creates huge opportunities for the solar industry. Learn the key policy requirements of California’s solar mandate for new homes in this overview.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

The 2018 State Solar Policy Changes You Need to Know

2018 isn't even half over, but there have already been many noteworthy solar policy developments at the state-level. California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Utah have all advanced positive solar policies, but Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Michigan delivered setbacks.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Does Solar Increase Home Value? The Latest Data for Solar Clients

Does solar increase home value? A number of studies provide compelling data that homes with solar sell for more, and they may even sell faster. We highlight facts about how solar affects home value, and the studies behind them, that your solar customers will want to know.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

A Solar Market Niche You May Have Overlooked: Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI)

There’s a growing trend in the solar market that some may have overlooked: moderate- and low-income households as solar customers. As the cost of solar has gone down and financing options have expanded, these communities are becoming a more and more viable niche for solar contractors.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

Understanding PV System Losses, Part 2: Wiring, Connections, and System Availability

There are many factors that can reduce the energy production of a solar installation. In this series, we explain common types of PV system losses so you can ensure accurate solar energy production estimates. Today, we explain wiring losses, connection losses, and system availability losses.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

Expert Q&A: Why Solar Panel Recycling Matters–and How It Can Benefit the Industry

Solar panel waste could become a major environmental challenge, but proactively implementing solar panel recycling can offer business benefits as well as sustainability. Experts from Columbia University's Center for Life Cycle Analysis discuss opportunities and challenges for the solar industry.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown