The Quiet Revolution: Solar-Plus-Storage Gains Ground

In some parts of the country, the costs of solar-plus-storage are beating grid prices, which is good news for the solar industry and the environment.

For example, in Nevada, regulators in 2019 approved three solar-plus-storage power purchase agreements (PPA) for  Berkshire Hathaway Energy ranging from $31/MWh to $37/MWh. In comparison, levelized prices for grid power now […]

September 15th, 2020|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage, Uncategorized||

How to Streamline the Design Process for Large-Scale Solar Projects

When designing a large-scale solar project, it’s critical to tackle classic hang-ups as early as possible to avoid slowing a project and encountering cost overruns, says Ryan Mayfield, instructor, along with Randy Batchelor, of HeatSpring’s Megawatt Design course. 

Designers need to break a project down into stages ranging from pre-award to construction and commissioning. For each […]

September 9th, 2020|Categories: Megawatt Design, NABCEP, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation||

The Benefits of Standardized Solar Contracts

Students in HeatSpring’s newly updated Solar Executive MBA Training Course learn about how to take advantage of a standardized solar contract, one of the course’s important new features.

“If you use your own agreement, you need to find an investor comfortable with it,” says Chris Lord, instructor, along with Keith Cronin, of the Solar Executive MBA […]

August 18th, 2020|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Transitioning to the Solar Business from Other Industries to Find Rewarding Work

The two most active and attentive students in a recent Solar Executive MBA Training course came not from the solar industry but from the Texas oil industry, says Keith Cronin, HeatSpring’s co-instructor of the course.

“Both had extensive backgrounds and were very knowledgeable and aware. They realized the oil industry wasn’t their future, and were really […]

July 22nd, 2020|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Tips From a Pro for Taking the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Exam

If you’re a solar industry member interested in taking the NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification exam, it’s a good idea to be familiar with the work of instructor Sean White–and to check out his tips about studying for exams.

White, the 2014 Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) Trainer of the Year, is an IREC Certified Solar PV […]

July 15th, 2020|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation||