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Gwen Brown

Gwen Brown is the Content Marketer at Aurora Solar, managing Aurora's development of educational solar resources like blog posts and webinars. Previously, she was a Senior Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Gettysburg College.

NABCEP Executive Director Highlights New Developments

NABCEP Executive Director Shawn O'Brien shares changes to NABCEP recertification requirements, work to advance solar careers for veterans, and more.

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Using Computer Vision for Remote Solar Site Measurements

Solar contractors need a precise understanding of the locations they are designing solar projects for, to avoid costly changes later. The Street View Ruler, a new tool from Aurora Solar, makes it possible to take measurements using images of the site. We explain how this computer vision tool works.

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Solar for New Construction: Solutions to Enter a Key Emerging Market

A vast new solar market is emerging: solar for new construction. In fact, solar demand in this market is expected to increase by over 800 MW in California alone! This is a great opportunity but contractors will need new solar design and sales tools compared to approaches for existing buildings.

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NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar Talks Innovation, Solar’s Evolution, and More

Dan Shugar, CEO of NEXTracker, is something of a solar celebrity with a track record of leading companies to success in the industry. In this Aurora Solar interview, Shugar shares his thoughts on changing solar business dynamics, how to build a successful company and innovative team, and much more!

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Key Solar Industry Trends From The 2018 Solar Jobs Census

The annual Solar Jobs Census conducted by The Solar Foundation is the most comprehensive and rigorous analysis of solar industry employment. We explore the results of the 2018 Census and what they show about solar jobs in 2018, expectations for 2019, current hiring challenges, diversity, and more!

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Using Aurora to Solve the Mystery of an Underperforming PV System

An underperforming PV system is a customer’s nightmare. We explore a solar installation that was underperforming for an unknown reason. O&M firm Omnidian detected the issue and used Aurora solar design software to remotely diagnose the service it needed. We share the story—and impressive results!

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Smarter Solar Design with Irradiance on Modules

Understanding the solar irradiance at a project site is crucial to designing a high-performing solar installation. Aurora's latest update, which provides irradiance values on the surface of each module, makes accurate solar design even easier. We explore some of the benefits for solar contractors.

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Find the Best Candidates for Solar Jobs with This New Tool

Many solar companies report difficulty filling their solar jobs with qualified candidates. A new hiring tool, the HBCU Talent Exchange, could help change that. The patented program uses surveys to better match candidates and jobs, while also helping companies connect with diverse applicants.

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The Key Differences Between Residential and Commercial Solar

There are a number of important differences between residential solar and commercial solar projects for contractors. Whether you're considering adding commercial solar to your contracting business or want to understand how different sectors compare, our overview of 5 key differences has you covered.

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The Aurora Blog’s Top 10 Articles of 2018

As 2019 arrives, we took a look back at the Aurora Blog's most-read articles of the past year. In case you missed these stories, read on for the articles that were the biggest hits with your solar industry peers.

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