Solar PV


The U.S. Solar industry achieved another record year in 2014, growing by 34% over 2013 to install nearly 7,000 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity. Within the photovoltaic (PV) sector, over 6,200 MW of capacity was installed, led by the residential and utility segments, which grew by 51% and 38%, respectively. The concentrating solar power segment enjoyed its largest year ever with 767 MW of capacity installed. Together, the solar industry istalled 32% of all new electricity generating capacity in the U.S. – second only to natural gas. This growth is expected to continue, with an additional 20,000 MW of solar capacity projected over the next two years.

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Free 2020 NEC Training for NABCEP Solar PV CEU Credit

The 2020 NEC has just been released and you should know all about it! Our new course Photovoltaics and the 2020 National Electric Code (NEC)  will be FREE for the rest of 2019.

This course will begin on October 21st, 2019 and is approved for 2 hours of NABCEP CE and prerequisite credit. You will receive […]

October 16th, 2019|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

Three Solar Industry Trends for Beginners–and Some Important Perspective on Them

If you’re new to the solar industry, you should keep an eye on three trends, says Sean White, instructor of HeatSpring’s 58-hour NABCEP Advanced Solar PV Training Series.

With prices of solar and energy storage dropping, it’s easy to get caught up in hype, or confused by ever-changing regulations, he says. In his course, White alerts […]

September 20th, 2019|Categories: Certification, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Avoid These Three Silly Mistakes about Solar–and Escape Embarrassment

When you’re discussing the details of a solar energy system, it’s easy to slip up in embarrassing ways. Even solar company CEOs commit common mistakes, says Sean White, instructor of HeatSpring’s 58-hour NABCEP Advanced Solar PV Training Series.

His courses teach students how to avoid these slip-ups. They also teach electricians, contractors, or people entering the […]

September 10th, 2019|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Bigger Projects, Faster Design, Better ROI – Why “Megawatt Design” Exists and Whom it’s For

“Megawatt Design” was an ambitious new course for solar designers created by Ryan Mayfield and SolarPro Magazine in 2014. The course has been continuously improved and today the content is more relevant than ever. Ryan, Randy Batchelor, and Jennifer Alfsen have been working hard to revamp everything based on how the industry is changing and […]

August 26th, 2019|Categories: Megawatt Design, Solar Design & Installation|Tags: , |

Helping Non-Profits Understand the Urgency of the Solar Tax Credit Phase-Out

It’s vital that non-profits understand the urgency of the phase-out of the federal solar tax credits, says Keith Cronin, co-instructor for HeatSpring’s Solar Executive MBA Training course.

Because non-profits tend to be cautious, don’t focus on tax credits, and move slowly, they have been an underserved market, says Cronin.

The federal solar tax credit – which is […]

August 16th, 2019|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||