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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Enter HeatSpring’s Leaders in High Performance Building Giveaway!

This winter, we’re celebrating innovative builders and designers who work to improve the overall quality and performance of public and residential buildings with a course giveaway! If you’ve helped plan, design, construct, and/or operate a high performance building, enter our Leaders in High Performance Building Giveaway by submitting a photo of one of your high performance projects.* The […]

Solar PV Storm and AC vs. DC Safety Considerations

On the Solar PV Installer Boot Camp Training + NABCEP Entry Level Exam Prep discussion board…
Student 1: Fred, what is the standard for lightning protection systems? The book touches this topic briefly. Is it the norm to have lightning protection? Do you install lightning protection on systems you install? There are many homes in my area in […]

Bank Lending in Today’s Solar Climate – What You Need to Know

Christopher Lord, Managing Director of CapIron, Inc. and an instructor with HeatSpring, recently interviewed Andre Zaffuto, a lending officer focused on solar and other renewable energy opportunities for Bridge Bank. Lord talked with Zaffuto about bank lending in today’s solar climate.

Leverage on solar projects can greatly enhance the ability of sponsors to stretch their capital […]

Free Solar Design Tool: String Sizing Tool For Commercial Solar Projects That Works with All Inverters

One of the most important aspects of designing a solar array is sizing module strings to operate within the parameters of the selected inverter. This is especially true for commercial and megawatt solar projects.
To help in this process, we’re providing a free solar design tool to our readers.
Ryan Mayfield, the Solar PV Technical Editor at SolarPro, and […]

Wes Kennedy’s Free Battery Selector Tool

Download Wes Kennedy’s Free Battery Selector Tool today!
Decide the best battery for your application, from a cost perspective. This tool is used in Wes Kennedy’s Advanced Solar + Storage Course.

This is a great tool for engineers, designers, and decision makers when determining the best battery to use for any application.

Starting with the input data tab, you characterize up […]