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Be a Commercial Solar Superstar: Service Insights from Jim Jenal

Having literally “written the book” on commercial solar, Jim Jenal, founder and CEO of solar installation company Run on Sun, has a wealth of information on what contributes to a positive customer experience in commercial solar projects. We compile some of Jenal’s commercial solar insights .

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

Your Guide to Monthly Snow Loss Values from NREL

Snow on solar panels can decrease the amount of energy they produce throughout the year. Yet it can be difficult to know how to account for these snow losses because of variation across locations and system designs. Data from NREL can help solar contractors determine the appropriate snow loss factor.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

What Solar Contractors Should Know About O&M

Over the lifetime of a PV system, operations and maintenance (O&M) can be important in ensuring that the system achieves optimal power production. We explore what solar O&M involves and considerations for contracting companies regarding whether to offer O&M services, directly or through a partner.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Understanding PV System Losses, Part 4: Tilt & Orientation, Incident Angle Modifier, Environmental Conditions, and Inverter Losses & Clipping

Many factors can reduce the energy production of a solar PV system. This series explains common PV system loss types so you can ensure accurate solar production estimates. In this article, we explain losses from tilt & orientation, incident angle modifier (IAM), environmental conditions, and inverters.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Don’t Overlook the Power of SRECs in Your Solar Sales Discussions

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) can add significantly to the return on investment of a solar installation. Educating solar customers about these incentives can be a valuable addition to your solar sales discussions. This article explores the key facts to know about SRECs.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown