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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

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

Changing Change Orders: Tackling Solar’s Dirty Little Secret

Change orders, when a solar design must be altered from what the customer was sold, can be costly and inconvenient, yet little research has been done to quantify these impacts. Using data from a recent poll, we delve into the cost and prevalence of solar change orders—and how HD imagery can help.

Samuel AdeyemoSamuel Adeyemo

Is Your Solar Design Process Missing These Key Technologies?

The process of designing a solar installation is changing fast as new technologies emerge and it can be hard to keep up. Technologies that once required a supercomputer to access are now accessible to everyone through solar software. We examine key innovations that dramatically advance solar design.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

California’s New Smart Inverter Requirements: What “Rule 21” Means for Solar Design

California is the first U.S. state to require the use of smart inverters in solar systems. We explain 'Rule 21' and how your solar projects can comply.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Solar Design Lessons from the 2017 Solar Decathlon Winners

The U.S. Solar Decathlon challenges student teams to build solar-powered houses. We explore the top designs from the 2017 competition.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong

11 Clever Solar House Designs from the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017

The U.S. Solar Decathlon challenges college teams to build energy-efficient houses powered exclusively by solar energy. We modeled the designs in Aurora.

Andrew GongAndrew Gong