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 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 […]

HeatSpring Solar Alumnae: From Courses to Consultants & CEOs!

This Solar Women Summer Series interview features two HeatSpring Solar course alumnae, Karma Edwards and Shelley Cohen.
Karma Edwards (left), MBA, LEED AP is an independent consultant for Energy Engineering and Business Development. Karma completed our Solar PV Installer Boot Camp Training.

Shelley Cohen (right) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Alpha Solar Group. Shelley completed our Solar Executive […]

Solar Women Summer Series: Reaching a Majority Female Office

Sarah Gaddis and Jodi White work at BayWa r.e. Solar Systems, a Solar PV organization dedicated to supporting local, independent installers by offering only a select group of top-quality products. Sarah and Jodi spoke with us about their roles at BayWa r.e., their experience in the industry and their recent benchmark of becoming a 55% female operated company.

Jodi […]

The Advantages of Adding Storage to Your Commercial Solar PV Design

In the article below, Christopher LaForge, IREC-Certified Master Trainer, NABCEP-Certified PV Installation Professional, and CEO of Great Northern Solar, provides detail about the advantages of adding storage to your commercial solar PV design.
Learning Takeaways:

By storing solar generation during the middle of the day and then using the stored solar generation at the end of the day […]