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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.

Understanding the “Commence Construction” Clause of the Solar ITC: What You Need to Know

Solar contractors need to have a firm grasp on the IRS's “commence construction” policy to know whether a solar project will qualify for the Investment Tax Credit and at what level. This will allow you to give customers an accurate understanding of the true cost of their system.

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Instructive Insights from Intersolar 2018

While there were tons of great new solar products on display, we especially loved the opportunities to learn at Intersolar North America 2018. Here are a few educational highlights we found interesting.

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Energy Independence for Independence Hall

In honor of Independence Day, we used Aurora solar design software to create a PV design for Independence Hall. With a solar installation like this, the birthplace of modern democracy could also help lead the way toward energy independence and a clean energy future!

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SEIA President & CEO Abby Hopper on Solar Policy Priorities and More

In this conversation with Abby Hopper, President and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), we discuss SEIA's advocacy priorities, changes in solar markets around the country, opportunities for increasing diversity in solar, and more.

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Three Solar Industry Contests Driving Innovation

Innovation has been a cornerstone of the solar industry’s successes to date, and something we're passionate about at Aurora Solar. That's why we're excited to highlight these three contests encouraging the development and implementation of new clean energy ideas.

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How a Shift in Chinese Solar Policy Is Shaking Up the Industry

A shift in China's solar policies announced this month is making waves around the world. A significant reduction in solar demand from China is expected to lead to a global oversupply of solar panels and significant cost reductions. We explore likely winners and losers of these developments.

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How to Optimize Your Solar Sales with Proposal Templates

A compelling proposal is a key part of selling a solar installation. Knowing what information to include is just one part of the equation; you also need an efficient process so you can create proposals quickly and easily. Using templates is a great way to streamline your solar sales processes.

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Key Solar Energy Terms: Irradiance, Insolation, TSRF and More

The amount of solar energy at a site is a fundamental factor when determining if installing a solar PV system makes sense. We explain the key terms for quantifying solar energy: irradiance, insolation, solar access, tilt and orientation factor (TOF), and Total Solar Resource Fraction (TSRF).

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The Path to a Solar-Powered Future: An Interview with Varun Sivaram

In his recent book, Taming the Sun, Dr. Varun Sivaram discusses the great potential of solar to provide much of the world's energy. But that outcome is far from assured. We spoke with Sivaram about the challenges the industry will need to overcome if solar is to become a dominant energy source.

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How HD Imagery Strengthens Solar Design: An Interview with Nearmap CEO Rob Newman

The foundation of any good solar design is imagery of the project site; the clearer and more up-to-date that imagery, the better. Through a new partnership, Nearmap HD images are available directly in the Aurora solar design app. We spoke with Nearmap CEO Dr. Rob Newman to highlight what this means.

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