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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.

reDesigning Aurora for Speed, Simplicity, and Scale

To deliver a best-in-class solar design experience, Aurora Solar rewrote it's software code from the ground up. After nearly two years of development, this update–Aurora's most significant ever–hits the sweet spot between accuracy, speed, scale, and simplicity. Get ready for Aurora reDesigned.

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A Unique Group Purchasing Program Connecting Nonprofits with Solar

A persistent challenge solar contractors face is customer acquisition. Solar group purchasing programs present contractors a unique opportunity to win large solar projects. The Community Purchasing Alliance, whose solar group purchases connect DC-area nonprofits with solar, shares their insights.

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5 Ways Solar Design Software Helps Contractors Work Smarter

Remote solar design software gives solar contractors powerful ways to improve their solar design and sales processes. These technology-driven benefits range from saving time and money by reducing visits to project sites to improving the accuracy of energy production estimates.

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California’s Solar Mandate for New Homes: What You Need to Know

California made history in May 2018, when it became the first state to mandate solar PV systems on all new homes. This decision creates huge opportunities for the solar industry. Learn the key policy requirements of California’s solar mandate for new homes in this overview.

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Expert Q&A: Why Solar Panel Recycling Matters–and How It Can Benefit the Industry

Solar panel waste could become a major environmental challenge, but proactively implementing solar panel recycling can offer business benefits as well as sustainability. Experts from Columbia University's Center for Life Cycle Analysis discuss opportunities and challenges for the solar industry.

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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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