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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.

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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The 100% Clean Energy Revolution is Here–with Big Solar Opportunities

Over 100 cities and towns in the U.S. are transitioning to 100% renewable energy. These local commitments are not only a key part of the movement to address climate change, they also create business opportunities for solar companies. We explore this trend and how contractors can get involved.

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The 2018 State Solar Policy Changes You Need to Know

2018 was a great year for solar with many noteworthy solar policy developments at the state level. States with positive changes included: California, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, and others. Connecticut, Kansas, and Michigan delivered setbacks.

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How Solar Irradiance Is Calculated–and How We Made It 30 Times Faster

Understanding how much solar energy (irradiance) is available at a certain location is a key step in designing a solar installation. But do you know how solar irradiance is calculated? We explain what goes into these calculations and how significant speed-ups in this process have been achieved.

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Sunnova CEO John Berger on Solar Finance, Tips for Success, and More

Sunnova Energy Corporation is one of the leading residential solar and storage service providers in the U.S. working in 18 states and several U.S. territories. Sunnova CEO John Berger shares his take on trends in solar finance, tips for installer success, and more.

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