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Going Solar Using Payment Options

The intense growth of solar installations has slowed recently, yet solar’s potential is still significant. Forecasted numbers indicate that the solar market is starting to behave like other, more mature industries — that is, solar business...

Solar as an Equity Building Asset

Residential solar is booming. Despite the economic uncertainty and the physical challenges of COVID-19, a sense of urgency has been created by the federal tax credits sunsetting in 2021. Some demand could be attributed to the growing awareness...

One Simple, Overlooked Strategy Homeowners Can Use to Maximize Solar Energy Savings

The ability to harness energy from the sun and convert that energy into electricity is one of the greatest technological advancements of the modern era. In a world still largely powered by fossil fuels, solar provides a clean alternative that more...

California Schools on Solar

Thanks to incentives, sustainability missions, and resiliency goals, California schools are leading by their example as customers for integrated solar and storage systems. Campuses nationwide can look to their California counterparts for ways to...

Proving Performance: Analyzing populations of I-V curves

Data is vital to understanding the health of any PV installation. Capturing I-V curves during the commissioning or O&M of a large-scale PV plant can result in a significant amount of data. This article details ways of analyzing this data and...

Managing the Unpredictable in Solar Project Finance

In solar project development, there is a 100 percent certainty that things will change along the way. Changes can originate from a myriad of places across the development spectrum: The engineering design team may have found a newer, better...

The Critical Link Between Energy & Income

Renewable Energy Substation Main Power Transformers are the critical link between generating energy and income. No matter how much energy your solar installation produces, it’s useless if it can’t reach the user. And it can’t reach the user...

“A Structural Engineer Walks Onto a Roof….” Assessing mechanical attachments for solar arrays

As a licensed structural engineer, I have been involved with the design of over 600 commercial solar rooftop projects in the mid-Atlantic and northeast region of the United States. For more than a decade now, about 85 percent of my work has involved...

The Digital Transformation of Solar Power Maintenance Practices

The DC array, made up of hundreds to millions of un-instrumented electrical circuits, houses the majority of solar production losses. Because of this, the biggest opportunity for improving solar plant performance lies within DC array. Whether the...

Raising Capital While Cutting Loss

Large developers who create lucrative projects are very attractive for long term investors. Development is a side of the industry that runs primarily local, which is why big corporations require working with local companies to build their...

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