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NABCEP Leaders Discuss Solar Credentials and Industry Trends

The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners, NABCEP, offers respected professional certifications for solar professionals. Executive Director Shawn O’Brien discusses NABCEP programs and recent industry developments in this interview at the 2018 NABCEP Continuing Education Conference.

Samuel AdeyemoSamuel Adeyemo

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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).

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

The 2018 State Solar Policy Changes You Need to Know

2018 isn't even half over, but there have already been many noteworthy solar policy developments at the state-level. California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, and Utah have all advanced positive solar policies, but Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Michigan delivered setbacks.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Changing Change Orders: Tackling Solar’s Dirty Little Secret

Change orders, when a solar design must be altered from what the customer was sold, can be costly and inconvenient, yet little research has been done to quantify these impacts. Using data from a recent poll, we delve into the cost and prevalence of solar change orders—and how HD imagery can help.

Samuel AdeyemoSamuel Adeyemo

How Net Metering is Evolving: Three Changes You Need to Know

Net metering policies are a primary way U.S. solar customers save money on their utility bills. However, utilities around the country are changing net metering policies in a variety of ways as solar becomes more common. We explain these changes to net metering and how they impact solar savings.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

A Solar Design Challenge: Modeling San Francisco’s City Hall

In honor of Aurora Solar's move from Palo Alto to San Francisco, we put our solar design skills to work modeling a solar installation on an iconic local landmark: San Francisco City Hall. If we can model this complex building with Aurora's SmartRoof tool, just imagine what you can do with Aurora!

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

5 Ways to Grow Your Solar Business with Facebook

Competition in the solar industry is fierce and acquiring customers can be a challenge. Facebook can give your company an edge and help you connect with people in your community. These 5 steps will help drive results without requiring a lot of time and effort.

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