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Improving Access to 3D Data for Better Solar Design: Aurora and Google

A new partnership between Aurora Solar and Google makes new 3D data from Project SunRoof available to solar contractors for improved remote solar design

Matt StevensMatt Stevens

Solar Panel Wiring Basics: An Intro to How to String Solar Panels

Solar panel wiring (stringing) can be complex! We provide a primer on key considerations when deciding how to string solar panels.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Using Computer Vision for Remote Solar Site Measurements

Solar contractors need a precise understanding of the locations they are designing solar projects for, to avoid costly changes later. The Street View Ruler, a new tool from Aurora Solar, makes it possible to take measurements using images of the site. We explain how this computer vision tool works.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Solar for New Construction: Solutions to Enter a Key Emerging Market

A vast new solar market is emerging: solar for new construction. In fact, solar demand in this market is expected to increase by over 800 MW in California alone! This is a great opportunity but contractors will need new solar design and sales tools compared to approaches for existing buildings.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Using Aurora to Solve the Mystery of an Underperforming PV System

An underperforming PV system is a customer’s nightmare. We explore a solar installation that was underperforming for an unknown reason. O&M firm Omnidian detected the issue and used Aurora solar design software to remotely diagnose the service it needed. We share the story—and impressive results!

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

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

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

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

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