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What Is Horizon Shading and Why Is It Important for Solar?

The terrain around a solar PV site can sometimes cause shading—especially in hilly areas. With horizon shading, Aurora automatically models this effect.

Brett HarveyBrett Harvey

Smarter Solar Design with Irradiance on Modules

Understanding the solar irradiance at a project site is crucial to designing a high-performing solar installation. Aurora's latest update, which provides irradiance values on the surface of each module, makes accurate solar design even easier. We explore some of the benefits for solar contractors.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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

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

Diving Into Irradiance Modeling, with Solar Industry Pioneer Richard Perez

Dr. Richard Perez developed the model used across the solar industry to calculate irradiance on solar panels. He discusses his research and industry trends.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

The Beginner’s Guide to Solar Energy

What are the important must know facts about solar energy and the solar industry for beginners? Read on to find out.

Christian BrownChristian Brown