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How Gippsland Solar Won a Unique New Construction Solar Deal

Gippsland Solar won a unique and high-profile solar project using Aurora solar software to design the PV system before the building was built.

Lisa CohnLisa Cohn

How to Optimize Your Solar Designs for New Net Metering Rules

We present new solar design rules of thumb for optimizing savings under different net metering rule changes, based on our recent white paper analysis.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

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