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How Temperature Affects PV Systems

Many people believe that they need to live in an ideal climate in order to have a solar system installed. While installation and performance are affected by panel location and physical obstructions such as shady trees, ambient temperature is not a...

Inverters that Maximize Production & LCOE in Extreme Weather & Terrain

Owners of PV systems want the flexibility to be able to build their projects in remote locations and harsh climates while still enjoying reliable, high performance production for the 35+ year life of their system. How these demands are met all comes...

4 Ways to Save Time on Solar Tracker Installations

Over the past decade, solar trackers have evolved to become less expensive, and easier to operate and maintain. These innovations, along with an increase in the scale of production, help explain how global tracker shipments 

Forecasting EPC Prices: Challenges and Possibilities

As the Investment Tax Credit step down becomes more imminent in 2020, and beyond, EPCs and installers have seen renewed price pressure on lower-cost delivery of solar systems. As a matter of course, construction and delivery firms regularly receive...

Bifacial PV: A new approach to PV rooftop design

The last few years brought several new models of bifacial PV panels to the North-American PV market, along with a wide range of prices and performances. Until recently, most bifacial PV panels were significantly more expensive than standard PV...

How Graphite is Lighting the Way to a Solar Future

Recently, news that solar and wind power could be used to generate as much as 80 percent of all the United States’ energy needs, boosted graphite’s status as a hot commodity.  Its vital role in the production of lithium-ion batteries has...

Solar Heats Up in New York

It’s been a whirlwind few months in the world of renewable energy. Policies like the Green New Deal mark an exciting stretch of ambitious and bold energy strategies proposed and passed within the last six months. States across the union are...

HD Aerial Imagery for Solar: setting a new standard

Since the early days of solar, determining the scope of any given project has required an on-site assessment of the potential job, eating up hundreds of hours for solar companies, their analysts, and the installer (not to mention the safety risk and...

California’s New Programs Advance Residential Solar

Solar energy got a big boost in California recently, when the state government adopted new policies to establish a more progressive foundation for the use of solar power in residential buildings. It’s all part and parcel of its pioneering...

A New Frontier for Solar: Utility Build-Transfer Agreements

Historically, electric utilities in the U.S. have been buyers and sellers, but not producers, of solar energy. Largely due to tax and accounting constraints, vertically integrated, regulated utilities traditionally have entered into power purchase...

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