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Learning from Others’ Mistakes

As a longtime installer and solar engineer, I’ve seen many single-axis tracker failures over the last two decades. Failures from wind, bad designs, wrong materials, poor planning, and EPC errors (root cause usually a bad design). Tracker trend was...

Rail-less Solar PV System Mounting for Metal Roofs

With increasing popularity, the metal roof is the ideal host for mounting solar photovoltaics (PV).  It is the only roof type with a service life (in the range of 50-70 years) that actually exceeds the service life of a solar PV...

The Mining Opportunity in the Clean Energy Transition

Propelled by market force and policies that support investment and deployment of large-scale projects, the solar industry is booming. But the industry now faces the increasing challenge of land --finding and securing enough of it to accommodate the...

7 Considerations for Solar PV Safety

Solar technology is improving every year, making it more affordable and efficient at scale. As this technology picks up speed, more workers are heading into the industry from utility, electrical, and other related fields. Making the jump into solar...

How Big Data, Technology, and AI are Innovating Residential Solar

From generating a lead to seeing a project through to installation, solar professionals today are facing challenges in various stages of the sales and project cycle. The residential solar industry is fragmented and has a long and convoluted customer...

“Risky Business” Managing risk for module manufacturing

Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing, and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings. Within the solar industry, the areas of high risk are equipment purchases, construction processes, plans, project investing,...

Midair Subsurface Exploration How UAVs solve the challenge of surveying unforgiving terrain

Solar projects are best started with a solid understanding of the ground upon which the project will be constructed. Achieving that goal was a challenge on a recent project in Texas. A client requested a magnetometer survey of the site due to its...

A Solar Wishlist Design considerations from an operator’s perspective

When best practices are overlooked in the design and construction process of a utility solar power plant, it can have tangible impacts on the maintenance budget for the lifecycle of the facility. If there’s one thing solar professionals can...

Inrush Current Causes Rapid Voltage Change - A barrier to widespread adoption of Distributed Energy Resources

The electric grid has long been recognized as an important engineering accomplishment, enabling modern services that range from life-saving water purification to lighting.  Modern conveniences are integrated so seamlessly into daily life...

Leveraging Aerial Imagery for Solar

Over the past few years, the use of technology in the solar installation workflow has absolutely exploded. Yet there’s one question I continue to hear time and again, one that stumps the most brilliant minds in the industry. “What’s the...

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