Lisa Cohn

About Lisa Cohn

Lisa Cohn, a regular contributor at HeatSpring Magazine, has worked as a writer for more than 20 years, focusing on energy and environment. She is a former U.S. stringer for Windpower Monthly Magazine, a former associate editor of Oregon Business and a former editor of Forest Perspectives, a quarterly magazine published by the World Forestry Center. She began her writing career as an energy and environment reporter for The Cape Cod Times. Lisa has received numerous writing awards, from the Pacific Northwest Writers Association, Willamette Writers and Associated Oregon Industries.

With Inexpensive PV, These Three Strategies are no Longer Solar Sins

Ten years ago, solar PV cost 10 times more than what it does now. That means solar installers can now embrace three strategies that were once considered solar sins.

That’s the word from Sean White, instructor of HeatSpring’s 40-Hour Solar Advanced PV Installer Training course.

“Cheap PV is letting people do things with solar they otherwise wouldn’t dream of,”  says […]

March 6th, 2019|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation||

How to Tackle the Difficult Task of Sizing Wires in Your Solar Arrays

It’s not so easy to size wires in solar arrays, says Sean White, instructor of HeatSpring’s NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam Prep and CEUs course.

The problem: the National Electrical Code (NEC) can be befuddling. His courses that focus on the NEC aim to take the confusion out of the code and help installers choose efficiency […]

March 6th, 2019|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation||

The Solar ITC to Take its First Step Down, While Rapid Shutdown Moves Forward

The 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC) and the federal solar investment tax credit (ITC) will leave their mark on the solar industry in 2019, with the NEC increasing costs temporarily and the ITC lowering incentives.

That’s the word from Ryan Mayfield and Randy Batchelor, instructors of HeatSpring’s Megawatt Design course, which focuses on designing large-scale commercial solar systems, in […]

February 11th, 2019|Categories: Megawatt Design, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation||

Businesses are Squeezing More Solar out of Their Property with These Two Trends

More and more, businesses are looking for ways to squeeze more solar out of their available property, and have embraced two trends to do just that, says Ryan Mayfield, co-instructor of HeatSpring’s Megawatt Design course, which focuses on designing large commercial systems, in the 1-5 MW range.

Some businesses are turning to east-west racking of […]

February 7th, 2019|Categories: Megawatt Design, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation||

Moving Toward Carbon Neutrality in Buildings Using Modeling Software

No longer is energy consumption the primary basis for modeling solar projects, says Christopher Schaffner, instructor of HeatSpring’s Energy Modeling in EQuest course. More and more, the focus is on modeling carbon neutrality.

Certain sources of energy have a lower carbon impact, and modeling software can track this impact, says Schaffner, founder of The Green Engineer. […]

February 7th, 2019|Categories: Building Science, Green Building, LEED, Sustainable Building, Zero Net Energy Homes||