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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.

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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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.

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How Net Metering is Evolving: Three Changes You Need to Know

Net metering policies are a primary way U.S. solar customers save money on their utility bills. However, utilities around the country are changing net metering policies in a variety of ways as solar becomes more common. We explain these changes to net metering and how they impact solar savings.

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Understanding PV System Losses, Part 1: Nameplate, Mismatch, and LID Losses

There are many factors that can reduce solar installations' energy production. In this series, we explain common types of PV system losses so you can ensure accurate solar energy production estimates. Today, we explain module nameplate rating losses, mismatch losses, and light-induced degradation.

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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.

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