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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.

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

Does Solar Increase Home Value? The Latest Data for Solar Clients

Does solar increase home value? A number of studies provide compelling data that homes with solar sell for more, and they may even sell faster. We highlight facts about how solar affects home value, and the studies behind them, that your solar customers will want to know.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

A Solar Market Niche You May Have Overlooked: Low- and Moderate-Income (LMI)

There’s a growing trend in the solar market that some may have overlooked: moderate- and low-income households as solar customers. As the cost of solar has gone down and financing options have expanded, these communities are becoming a more and more viable niche for solar contractors.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

Understanding PV System Losses, Part 2: Wiring, Connections, and System Availability

There are many factors that can reduce the energy production of a solar installation. In this series, we explain common types of PV system losses so you can ensure accurate solar energy production estimates. Today, we explain wiring losses, connection losses, and system availability losses.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Are You Applying These Tactics to Close More Solar Sales?

To close a solar sale, you'll need to incorporate both new technology and traditional methods. Give these methods a chance and drive more sales.

Aurora SolarAurora Solar

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!

Gwen BrownGwen Brown