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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.

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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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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