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Solar design tips, sales advice, and industry insights from the premier solar design software platform


How Have Solar Tariffs Impacted the Industry–and What Can We Learn?

In 2018, the solar industry has been buffeted by three solar tariffs affecting the prices of imported solar components. We explain each of the tariffs and David Dunlap, VP of Operations at distributor Baywa r.e. Solar Systems, shares his perspective on how the tariffs impacted on solar contractors.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Powering SPI: A Design for Anaheim Convention Center

Did you know SPI 2018 was partially solar-powered? To keep the fun of the conference going, we took a few minutes to model Anaheim Convention Center’s solar installation with Aurora’s new and improved design tools, in about ten minutes. Here's how we did it!

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Lessons for Success from the 2018 Top Solar Contractors List

Each year, Solar Power World compiles a list of the Top 500 solar contractors in the U.S. We spoke to some of the many companies on the 2018 list that use Aurora's solar design and sales software to get their tips for running a successful solar contracting business.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Make the Most of SPI: Conference Highlights and Tips for Success

Solar Power International (SPI) 2018, the largest North American solar trade show and conference, is just around the corner! We’ve identified some great learning opportunities and events to add to your agenda–as well as some tips to keep in mind to get the most out of the event.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

How to Sell Solar in a Time of Use Rate World

As solar energy grows in popularity, more and more utilities are adopting Time of Use rates. That means it’s time to get smart about how you approach solar sales conversations when Time of Use rates apply. We discuss five strategies to effectively sell solar in areas with TOU rates.

Aurora SolarAurora Solar

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown