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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

Sunnova CEO John Berger on Solar Finance, Tips for Success, and More

Sunnova Energy Corporation is one of the leading residential solar and storage service providers in the U.S. working in 18 states and several U.S. territories. Sunnova CEO John Berger shares his take on trends in solar finance, tips for installer success, and more.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Understanding PV System Losses, Part 3: Soiling, Snow, System Degradation

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. In this article, we explain losses from soiling, snow, and system degradation.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

5 Ways to Make Solar Software Your Secret Weapon for Solar Sales

Using cutting-edge solar software like Aurora gives an advantage when it comes to the quality of your solar designs. When you clearly communicate the benefits of your advanced design tools, you can help customers see the value your company brings to the table—and ultimately close more solar sales.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

The Peace of Mind Every Solar Contractor Needs: Having the Right Insurance

Having the right insurance coverage can protect your solar contracting business from catastrophe. But working in the solar industry comes with its own unique insurance needs. We explore some of the key considerations to make sure you have the appropriate business insurance for your solar company.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

SolarAPP: The Solar Permitting Solution You’ve Been Waiting For?

The complexity of solar permitting has long been recognized as challenge for the industry, but there has not been a comprehensive effort to solve the issue to date. That's changing with a new program from SEIA and The Solar Foundation: the Solar Automated Permit Processing (SolarAPP) initiative.

Sara CarboneSara Carbone

3 Tactics for Better Solar Designs Under Time of Use (TOU) Rates

Time of use (TOU) rates — which charge different prices for electricity depending on the time it is used — add additional complexity to finding the best solar design for the customer. There are several strategies that can help you design the best PV system for your customer’s TOU rate, however.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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