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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When Cities Go Solar: 5 Ways to Make the Case

Getting Your City’s Buy-In on Solar
After years of dancing around the idea of sustainability, some select cities have begun to make it a reality with ground-breaking solar industry partnerships. Jackie Biskupski, mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah, recently announced a long-term commercial partnership between Salt Lake and Rocky Mountain Power, which aims to open the […]

Megawatt Design: 3 Obstacles You Might Face (…and 3 Solutions!)

Megawatt Design expert Ryan Mayfield addresses 3 obstacles that professionals in the field might experience.
STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS
Student 1: The most common obstacle we run in to is the structural requirement during the initial budgeting phase. Typically the potential customer does not want to pay for a structural analysis of a building roof or soil borings and engineering […]

Introduction to Solar PV Markets + The 2016 Solar Startup Guide

Want to learn more about PV markets and the business of solar? Enroll in Introduction to Solar PV Markets + The 2016 Solar Startup Guide!
You’ll receive the 2016 Solar Startup Guide and expert instruction from Dr. Sean White on the features, benefits and applications of PV systems in this free course.

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Tour Solar Technologies Without Leaving Your Home

We’ll tour solar technologies used in both commercial and residential applications across North America in this free, 42-minute lecture.

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe the visual appearance of specific solar technologies
2. Differentiate between solar technologies
3. Identify specific applications for solar heating technologies
4. Discuss climate considerations for solar heating systems

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Advanced Solar […]

Site Assessment for Solar Hot Water Heating Systems

Without a proper site assessment, you may be putting your solar thermal system at risk for poor performance…

This piece originally appeared in Home Power Magazine | Vaughan Woodruff, 2/2014
It is a fairly common occurrence for a solar professional to hear from a potential client, “We get tons of sun,” or “Our roof faces due south,” and then […]