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Gwen Brown

Gwen Brown is Content Marketer at Aurora Solar. Previously, she was a Senior Research Associate at the Environmental Law Institute. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Gettysburg College.

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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5 Ways to Make Solar Software Your Secret Weapon for Solar Sales

Using cutting-edge solar software like Aurora gives an advantage when it comes to the quality of your solar designs. When you clearly communicate the benefits of your advanced design tools, you can help customers see the value your company brings to the table—and ultimately close more solar sales.

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3 Tactics for Better Solar Designs Under Time of Use (TOU) Rates

Time of use (TOU) rates — which charge different prices for electricity depending on the time it is used — add additional complexity to finding the best solar design for the customer. There are several strategies that can help you design the best PV system for your customer’s TOU rate, however.

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Module-Level Power Electronics (MLPE) for Solar Design: A Primer

When designing a solar installation, one important consideration is whether to use module-level power electronics (MLPE), which include microinverters or DC optimizers. We explore some of the benefits of MLPE and explain how they fit into a PV system design.

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Turning Solar Support Into Solar Sales: 5 Tactics for Effective Communication

Solar energy enjoys broad support, yet that doesn’t always translate into action. Drawing from one of the key panel discussions at SPI 2018, “Turning Positive Solar Attitudes to Positive Results,” we highlight five strategies for more effective communication that can help you close more solar sales.

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Powering SPI: A Design for Anaheim Convention Center

Did you know SPI 2018 was partially solar-powered? To keep the fun of the conference going, we took a few minutes to model Anaheim Convention Center’s solar installation with Aurora’s new and improved design tools, in about ten minutes. Here's how we did it!

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Lessons for Success from the 2018 Top Solar Contractors List

Each year, Solar Power World compiles a list of the Top 500 solar contractors in the U.S. We spoke to some of the many companies on the 2018 list that use Aurora's solar design and sales software to get their tips for running a successful solar contracting business.

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