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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

SmartRoof: Expanding What’s Possible in Remote Solar Design

Remote site modeling for solar PV design is faster and easier than on-site methods. But there have been tradeoffs between speed and accuracy—until now. New technology from Aurora can automatically infer the structure of a roof, reducing work for solar designers and increasing precision.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Are Small Contractors the Future of Solar? Pamela Cargill Weighs in on the Industry's Evolution

Solar industry expert Pamela Cargill shares her observations on how the sector is evolving and what trends contractors should be keeping an eye on.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Can Software Tell Us the Optimal Solar Design?

Historically, every PV system has had to be designed manually-but this process is challenging. Advances in software make it easy to find the best design.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

How Computer Vision Is Revolutionizing Solar Design

Computer vision—the use of computers to interpret visual images—is opening up new frontiers for solar PV design by improving remote site modeling.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

Four Steps to Optimize PV System Performance in Shaded Conditions

Assessing the impact of shading on PV system performance is an essential step in solar design. This approach can help identify the optimal design.

Christopher HopperChristopher Hopper

The Value of Green Button Data for Solar Customers

Green Button Data is a valuable tool for understanding a home or business’s energy usage, and it is particularly helpful for solar designers.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

The Importance of Modeling Global Maximum Power Point Tracking

To accurately model how much energy a solar design will produce, one must account for 'global maximum power point tracking' (global MPPT) inverter capabilities.

David BrombergDavid Bromberg