When Solar Goes Unmanned
By Betsy Lillian
Now that federal rules are finally in place for commercial drone operations, the U.S. solar industry is ready to bring the technology on board.
The Challenges Of Commercial Solar Development
By Ben Trammell & Kevin Prince
A commercial solar provider offers some insight into what it takes to successfully complete a project.
Let The Sun Shine, And Let The Buyer Beware
By Nora Caley
SEIA, the FTC and others want to ensure consumers are protected as the rooftop solar industry grows.
The Global PV Module Market: A Look Ahead
By Edurne Zoco
This overview includes research covering global demand, emerging technology trends and more.
Advanced Inverters: The Coming Standards Bring New Opportunities
By Ryan Edge
Advanced inverters have built-in potential to expand solar developers’ customer base - now all we need are the UL and IEEE code updates.
New & Noteworthy
El Paso Electric Ditches Coal, Embraces Solar
Obama Unveils New Low-Income Solar Goal
Products & Technology
Harvard Tackles Energy Storage Inspired By Vitamins (Yes, Vitamins)
Projects & Contracts
Faith-Based Groups Believe In Benefits Of Solar
Nevada: A Battle Borne
Certification & Training
Solar Training Is A Journey, Not A Destination
By Michelle Amiott
Newcomers should seek a quality education, and seasoned professionals should strive to stay up to date.
Lessons From The Field: Utility-Scale vs. DG Solar
By Mike Mehawich
A tracker company offers insight into two very different ground-mounted PV applications.
What’s Holding Back Solar In The Lone Star State?
By Josiah Neeley
As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas, including the potential for solar power.
Who Knew Clouds Could Be Good For PV?
By Lior Handelsman
Consumers and solar providers are increasingly seeking more information and interconnectivity. Enter advanced inverters and cloud computing.
PG&E Plans To Shutter State’s Last Nuclear Plant
North American Leaders Unite To Make Clean Energy Pledge
New Solar Efficiency Records Abound
Affordable-Housing Developer Installing Solar Across Entire Portfolio
Rate Reform Poses Both Challenges And Opportunities
The SunShot Initiative: What We’ve Accomplished So Far
By Dr. Lidija Sekaric
The government-led collaboration has been challenging the solar industry to say “what if” for the past five years.
The U.S. Works To Expand Low-Income Solar Access
By Erica Mackie
Solar represents a big opportunity for disadvantaged families and communities.
State & Local Policy
The Hurdles Of Meeting California’s Ambitious Clean Energy Goals
By Dario Frommer
S.B.350 increased the state’s RPS and established several other mandates, creating some new challenges.
Understanding Errors In PV Performance Metrics
By Charles McBrearty
Accurately and efficiently modeling as-built PV system performance is difficult on many levels.
Community Solar: The Phenomenon Of Consumer Choice
By Joel Cohn
As the community solar market continues to grow, developers are trying out different business models to get consumers to sign up.
Solar Industry Remains Largest Renewables Employer
Maryland Governor Rejects Bill To Increase RPS
Quick Mount PV Unveils Solution For Tile Roofs
Baltimore Ravens, Constellation Add Solar At Team’s HQ
The Shining Rewards Of Rooftop Solar
SunEdison: Too Big, Too Fast?
By Joseph Bebon
The renewable energy company’s rapid rise and fall may serve as a cautionary tale for the industry.
The Time Is Coming For Solar + Energy Storage
By Colette Lamontagne, Sam Crawford & Andrea Romano
Combining solar installations with energy storage technology will help address solar’s intermittency issues.
Environmental & Siting Issues
Does Utility-Scale Solar Pose A Major Threat To Birds?
By Chris Farmer, Amanda Klehr & Ellen Crivella
Understanding a project’s potential effects on birds could help the solar industry mitigate environmental impacts.
Utilities Tackle Smart Inverter Deployment
By Ben York, Nadav Enbar & Ryan Edge
As more solar connects to the grid, some power companies are testing out different strategies to incorporate advanced inverters.
The Top 10 U.S. Solar Utilities Of 2015
Maine Governor Vetoes Solar Compromise Bill
SDG&E Meter Adapter Helps Solar Customers Avoid Upgrades, Save Money
Stepping Down After 12 Remarkable Years
Weather Data And Performance Monitoring
By Gwendalyn Bender
Project underperformance in the southern U.S. underscored a need to address monitoring and account for weather variability.
Making The Borrower Experience Matter
By Katie Lynch
How to demand more from your commercial solar project financing partners.
Navigating Bright Days Ahead: Best Risk Management Practices For Contractors
By Christine Fayette
As the solar industry continues to mature, contractors might still be vulnerable to liabilities they haven’t considered.
Lessons Learned From The N.J. And Mass. SREC Programs
By Jennifer Simon Lento
What could be in store for other states considering such programs?
With Solar, U.S. Rooftops Could Provide Nearly Half Of Nation’s Power
Massachusetts Legislators Finally Reach Solar Deal
SunPower Debuts Equinox Integrated Solar Power Solution
Officials Celebrate Geothermal-Solar Power Plant In Nevada
Political Rhetoric Shifts On Solar
Operations & Maintenance
Solar O&M Budgeting: How It Varies And Could Improve
By Nadav Enbar, Dean Weng & Geoff Klise
An overview of operations and maintenance for utility-scale solar projects.
Selecting Overcurrent Protection For Utility-Scale Solar Projects
By Mitchell Barrineau
Understanding applicable codes, standards and available solutions will enhance safety, reliability and power generation.
Does Your PV Project Design Address Voltage Drops?
By Foad Alvandi
How to quickly check if a layout meets the maximum and average specifications.
Rooftop Racking & Mounting
From Factory To Roof: A Look At Mounting Makers’ Supply Chains
By Joseph Bebon
Rooftop racking and mounting system companies discuss material costs and logistics.
Another Record-Breaking Year For U.S. Solar
Goodbye, Coal: Oregon Passes Ambitious Renewables Mandate
Panasonic Sets World Record For PV Module Conversion Efficiency
Students Help Low-Income Families During ‘Solar Spring Break’
Dominion Takes On ITC Rules
CPUC Decision Maintains Net Metering
By Brad Heavner
In California, a fair balance for the next four years has been struck.
Silicon Innovation for a Circular Solar Economy
By Terry Jester
Process improvements would provide a welcome cost reduction in the supply chain while improving environmental outcomes.
The ITC Was Extended - Now What?
Industry stakeholders discuss the benefits of the renewal, as well as a future with a lower investment tax credit.
Five Factors When Pursuing The Unrated Commercial Solar Market
By Megan Birney
Certain property types have been historically difficult for solar developers and installers to reach, but that’s changing.
Utility-Scale Renewables To Make Up 14% Of U.S. Electricity This Year
U.S. Senators Stand Against Retroactive Rate Changes
SolarWorld, sonnen And PetersenDean Partner On Solar-Plus-Storage Offering
PSE&G Completes Its Largest Solar Project To Date
Solar Wars Redux
System Design & Engineering
EPCs Field Rapidly Evolving Codes And Standards
By Michael Puttre
Code changes may affect the selection of balance-of-system components - and the bottom line.
Home Appraisers See A Premium For Rooftop Solar
The appraisal premiums found via new methodology are in agreement with values pinpointed by earlier statistical studies.
PV Systems At The Module Level
By Martin E. Herzfeld
The continued growth of MLPE technology in PV arrays is influencing system design and installation practices.
What’s Happening In The Commercial-Scale Inverter Market?
The central vs. string inverter debate continues, and new trends are emerging.
Obama Highlights Renewable Energy Victories In SOTU Speech
How State RPS Policies Benefit The Market
AET Mounting System Selected For N.C. Solar Project
DOE Announces Grid Modernization Initiative, Solar + Storage Projects
Are You Doing Your Part For Solar Policy?
One Simple Rule For C&I Solar: Understand The Client’s Business
By Michael Puttré
The ability to propose, win and install solar systems for upscale businesses requires a mastery of project management.
Don’t Be A Risky Bet In A Manufacturing Crunch
By Mark W. Turley
Suppliers are already seeing significantly strained capacities generated by ever-increasing product demand.
Solar For Island Resorts
Sun For More Than Fun: Island Resorts Benefit From Solar Power
By Thomas Hillig
Remote vacation destinations can save money and improve their tourism image with renewable energy.
PV Structural Requirements
PV Structural Requirements: Coming To A Building Code Near You
By Rob Ward
Standards bodies have been busy revising requirements based on industry experience and real-world data.
Sizing Battery Storage
Avoid PV Curtailment Losses By ‘Free Charging’ Energy Storage Systems
By Chris Thompson & Jaska Tarkka
Properly sized and configured batteries and inverters can take economic advantage of energy that would otherwise be wasted.
2015 SVTC Solar Scorecard Shows Growing Awareness Of PV Manufacturing And Recovery Issues
We’ll Always Have Paris: Advocates Hope COP21 Results In Concrete Benefits For Solar
MiaSole Positions Its FLEX-02 Modules For Geo-Membrane Solar Landfill Covers
KIUC’s Newest Solar Asset Pushes The Capacity Envelope Into New Territory
Renewable Energy Renaissance