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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.

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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What Net Metering Policy Changes Mean for Solar Savings

Net metering policies are being changed in several ways that limit solar savings. We explain exactly what the effects are—based on recent Aurora research.

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A Solar Design for Baseball Opening Day: The SF Giants’ Ballpark

In honor of the start of the baseball season, we used Aurora solar design and sales software to create a solar design for our local Oracle Park—home of the SF Giants. With Aurora's Draw Roof Face tool, even this complex site was easy to design solar for! We show you exactly how we did it.

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Your Guide to Monthly Snow Loss Values from NREL

Snow on solar panels can decrease the amount of energy they produce throughout the year. Yet it can be difficult to know how to account for these snow losses because of variation across locations and system designs. Data from NREL can help solar contractors determine the appropriate snow loss factor.

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Understanding PV System Losses, Part 4: Tilt & Orientation, Incident Angle Modifier, Environmental Conditions, and Inverter Losses & Clipping

Many factors can reduce the energy production of a solar PV system. This series explains common PV system loss types so you can ensure accurate solar production estimates. In this article, we explain losses from tilt & orientation, incident angle modifier (IAM), environmental conditions, and inverters.

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Understanding PV System Losses, Part 3: Soiling, Snow, System Degradation

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. In this article, we explain losses from soiling, snow, and system degradation.

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