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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Why All Solar Workers Need to Know Solar Energy Industry Basics

In the past, a small crew of workers with a truck served as a whole solar company, and each crew member had a good grasp of the basics of the industry. They all were well-versed enough in the industry to talk to and sell to customers, which afforded them a fair amount of job mobility […]

November 16th, 2017|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar, Solar Design & Installation, Uncategorized||

NABCEP PV Associate Credential Goes International

Are you interested in earning the NABCEP PV Associate credential and are from outside the United States? We have great news! You can now take the PV Associate exam at any CastleWorldwide Testing Center in the world. You could be the first from your country, a documented solar pioneer and you can one day tell […]

November 16th, 2017|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Sales & Marketing||

“Bring me tariffs!” U.S. Solar Industry Braces After ITC Ruling

Friday the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued its decision finding “a substantial cause of serious injury to the domestic industry” due to dumping of low cost Chinese solar panels in the U.S. market. By the “domestic industry” the ITC means U.S. solar manufacturers, frustratingly they continue to ignore the implications of this decision on […]

How to Design Smart Solar Systems in a Fast-Moving Industry

Because technology, regulations and software are evolving rapidly in the solar industry, it’s important for contractors, designers and engineers to stay informed about the latest ways to design solar systems.

While it may seem daunting to track industry changes, you benefit by learning how to design more quickly, efficiently and at lower costs. This will help […]

September 21st, 2017|Categories: Megawatt Design, NABCEP, Solar, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

New Course Format – Solar Business Masterclass

We are excited to introduce a new course format, developed by veteran HeatSpring instructor Keith Cronin. We are now accepting enrollments in Keith’s Solar Business Masterclass. In 2011 Keith helped us develop what would become our most popular course, the Solar Executive MBA Training. He has interacted with and taught thousands of solar professionals from […]