Solar PV


Solar Photovoltaic systems use solar energy to create electricity. In 2010, the solar PV industry was the fastest growing industry in the US, with a growth rate is 69%.

New to solar? Start with this great free course: Solar PV Design, Code, Economics, Sales, and Site Visits

Free Tools to Start Learning:
Practice NABCEP Exam Questions
Chris LaForge’s Load Calculator for Battery-Based Solar PV Systems (Excel)
Ryan Mayfield’s Free Megawatt String Sizing Tool (Excel)

50 Question NABCEP Practice Test [2015 Edition]

Passing the NABCEP Installer Exam is notoriously hard. On April 11th (about a month from now) the next round of applicants will take the exam. Some will pass (40-50% is the unofficial numbers I’ve heard), some will fail, and all will struggle. NABCEP’s role in the industry is an important one, and to do it […]

Christopher LaForge: Battery Capacity – The Basis of Storage

The article below is written by Christopher LaForge, NABCEP Certified Photovoltaic Installation Professional IREC Certified Master Trainer – PV Installation Professional. Christopher LaForge teaches Batteries in Solar PV Systems, a 6-week course that provides in-depth analysis of the issues surrounding the use of batteries for PV applications. It covers battery design, specification, use, maintenance and concludes with a capstone project […]

Apply for HeatSpring’s Online Solar Startup Alley* Competition – Deadline: December 12th

*Startups include small businesses and new ventures with revenues of less than $1 million. 

I’m really excited to announce our online solar startup competition.

We created the competition because we noticed within our 6-week Solar Startup Accelerator that the single largest obstacle for companies in the solar supply chain launching new products and services is getting in front […]

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Get All the Tools and Advice You Need to Start a Solar Business

We’re launching the first online solar startup accelerator in the winter of 2015 so you can get all of the tools and advice you need to start your solar business. Here’s why:

The solar industry grew 36% in 2014, creating tons of opportunity and opportunity gaps. Yes, gaps. Not every company has benefited equally. Solar panel manufacturers […]

What Commercial Solar Developers Need to Know about Yieldcos

If you’d like to listen the interview, please scroll to the middle of the article. 

There’s been a huge amount of buzz about yieldcos and their potential impact on financing more commercial solar projects by providing cheaper capital. There have been 8 IPOs in 2013 and 2014 with many more on the horizon.
If you need to brush […]