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What Is a Virtual Power Plant & Why Does It Matter for Solar?

Using software, a virtual power plant (VPP) combines power from many independent sources—such as solar arrays—creating a network that supplies power 24/7.

Lisa CohnLisa Cohn

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

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

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

Three Solar Industry Contests Driving Innovation

Innovation has been a cornerstone of the solar industry’s successes to date, and something we're passionate about at Aurora Solar. That's why we're excited to highlight these three contests encouraging the development and implementation of new clean energy ideas.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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

5 Reasons Blockchain Is Game-Changing for Solar Energy

Blockchain, the mechanism behind bitcoin, has major implications for solar energy. Blockchain could support peer-to-peer energy trading, solar investment, and other innovations to advance the industry. We explain how blockchain works and why it matters for solar.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

8 Cool Solar Technologies from Solar Power Northeast

The Aurora team had a great time exhibiting at Solar Power Northeast in Boston this year. These are some of the compelling solar technologies that caught our attention.

Gwen BrownGwen Brown

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