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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3 Lessons I Learned From Collaboration

It was early 2002 and the idea of a solar PPA was in its infancy. I got an email from a guy from BP Solar seeing if I was interested in buying some solar panels. His name was Jigar Shah.

That email and subsequent follow up phone call built upon a friendship and future business relationship […]

How to sell a utility scale solar project

There is constant interest from developers looking to sell their solar projects. How can you get a piece of this lucrative opportunity and help wean us all off of dirty fossil fuels?

Solar development breaks down into three essential steps: site control, interconnection and the PPA. While working through these steps, you should propose to yourself […]

August 6th, 2018|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

How Mineral Rights Can Kill Your Solar Farm Deal

There is probably nothing more frustrating than spending months talking to land owners and learning late in the program that the deal is dead. How much did you invest in time and money knocking on doors and drumming up engineering resources?

With solar growing in the Midwest, so comes new risks. Solar was mostly a coastal […]

July 24th, 2018|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

NABCEP PV Associate Course in Niagara Falls NY

HeatSpring instructor Dr. Sean White will be teaching a NABCEP PV Associate Course at the upcoming NABCEP Continuing Education Conference in Niagara Falls, NY on March 19-22.

This is a great opportunity to get your NABCEP PV Associate credential and also get access to over 500 NABCEP Certified Pros, CEOs, industry leaders, and other solar professionals […]

March 3rd, 2018|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation, Solar miscellaneous||

Studying for the Gold Standard NABCEP Exam with More Laughs, Less Caffeine and More Certification Options

Sean White promises that studying for the NABCEP PV Installation Professional (PVIP) exam with his “40-hour Advanced Solar PV Training” course won’t be tedious or boring.

“When I’m talking to the class, I try to make it like it’s in a classroom–not just stiff and formal and boring,” says White. He tells jokes and throws in […]

February 5th, 2018|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation||