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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Meet NABCEP!

By now, all solar professionals have heard of the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) certifications. But, what does it mean to be NABCEP certified, and how can you get certified? How is the new Associate Program different from the old Entry Level Program? Program Manager Kathryn Casey discusses these questions and more in this […]

Understanding Residential and Commercial Energy Storage

Renewable Energy Systems show strong Returns on Investment (ROI) and energy storage appears to add to the benefits at the bottom line.
Learn the elements of energy storage for residential and commercial clients with this introductory overview of the field, led by expert Chris LaForge. You’ll access an in-depth lecture, and develop a “Load Profile” using […]

The ASES 2016 National Solar Tour

From Maine to California, and almost everywhere in between, ASES’ 2016 National Solar Tour allows visitors to view over 35 solar energy sites across the United States

The ASES National Solar Tour is the largest grassroots solar event in the nation, involving about 150,000 participants and 5,000 solar-energy sites nationwide.
“In conjunction with Energy Awareness month every October, […]

Resilient Community Microgrids: An Introduction

Learn about the potential of community microgrids in this new short course.
Microgrid Institute Director Michael Burr provides a comprehensive introduction to how community microgrids work, what problems they can solve, and how market trends are driving microgrid development, in his $30 course!

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Gain knowledge about how microgrids work and what needs they are designed to […]

Learn Infrared Imaging as a PV Characterization Tool for $30

Along with the increasing popularity of solar PV systems comes the need for high-quality operations and maintenance (O&M).
This is an area that is often overlooked but has been gaining attention in recent years. In this lecture, Dr. James Rand introduces infrared imaging (IR) technology and explains how it can be used to greatly improve solar […]