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Andrew Gong

Andrew Gong is a Research Engineer at Aurora. He previously worked on two Solar Decathlon projects, and he received his M.S. from Stanford and B.S. from Caltech.

New Solar Export Credits in Utah: What the Changes Mean for Installers

Utah's Rocky Mountain Power has cut some of its solar export credits, which could mean reduced savings for homeowners. Here's what installers can expect.

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Should We Add Solar to the National Anthem?

In our Solar Landmarks series, we “travel” to famous landmarks and investigate their potential for solar energy. This week we model Fort McHenry.

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What You Need to Know About PERC Solar Cells

Solar panels built with PERC cells have an additional layer on the back of the traditional solar cells. This additional layer allows more sunlight to be captured and turned into electricity, making PERC cells more efficient than traditional cells.

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The Duck Curve: A Review of California's Daily Load Predictions

In response to an ever-increasing volume of intermittent renewable energy—predominantly solar, CAISO began preparing for the impacts it will have on net load.

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COVID-19 Shutdown Impacts on the Grid

Due to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders and temporary shutdown of non-essential businesses, there’s been a marked reduction in energy usage in California.

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Should I Point My Solar Panels West to Optimize for Afternoon Peak TOU Rates?

In this post we will dive into why west-facing panels might be more advantageous than south-facing ones, and provide recommendations based on your location and how your peak time-of-use (TOU) rate works.

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Which of Santa Claus’s Workshops Supports the Most Solar?

In this Solar Landmark, we explore solar designs for Santa at the Santa Claus House in North Pole, Alaska; Santa’s Workshop in North Pole, New York; and Santa Claus Village in Finland.

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Is Solar a Good Fit for This Bavarian Castle?

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany is an enchanting site. But is it a good location for solar? We find out, using horizon shading and global LIDAR features.

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What to Know About DTE’s Net Metering Replacement in Michigan

Michigan, like other states, is seeing revisions to solar net metering (NEM) policies. DTE Energy's NEM successor program deals a blow to solar savings.

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How to Optimize Your Solar Designs for New Net Metering Rules

We present new solar design rules of thumb for optimizing savings under different net metering rule changes, based on our recent white paper analysis.

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