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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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Helping Non-Profits Understand the Urgency of the Solar Tax Credit Phase-Out

It’s vital that non-profits understand the urgency of the phase-out of the federal solar tax credits, says Keith Cronin, co-instructor for HeatSpring’s Solar Executive MBA Training course.

Because non-profits tend to be cautious, don’t focus on tax credits, and move slowly, they have been an underserved market, says Cronin.

The federal solar tax credit – which is […]

August 16th, 2019|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

How Can NGOs Access Valuable Federal Solar Tax Credits?

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs), which are nonprofit entities that operate independently of any government, aren’t able to directly utilize federal tax credits available for solar, says Chris Lord, instructor of HeatSpring’s Solar Finance Masters Series and other courses.

Here’s the problem: By definition, NGOS, because they are non-profits, can’t access federal tax credits, he says. That’s a challenge […]

August 16th, 2019|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Finance, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Join us at the Oregon Solar Energy Conference

The Oregon Solar Energy Conference is the most robust regional solar energy conference in the nation, and returns to Portland, Oregon this year May 7-9. They will continue with their dedicated contractor day on May 7th, in coordination with the Energy Trust of Oregon, geared towards solar contractors and solar trade allies. OSEC 2019 is […]

With Inexpensive PV, These Three Strategies are no Longer Solar Sins

Ten years ago, solar PV cost 10 times more than what it does now. That means solar installers can now embrace three strategies that were once considered solar sins.

That’s the word from Sean White, instructor of HeatSpring’s 40-Hour Solar Advanced PV Installer Training course.

“Cheap PV is letting people do things with solar they otherwise wouldn’t dream of,”  says […]

March 6th, 2019|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation||

How to Tackle the Difficult Task of Sizing Wires in Your Solar Arrays

It’s not so easy to size wires in solar arrays, says Sean White, instructor of HeatSpring’s NABCEP PV Installation Professional Certification Exam Prep and CEUs course.

The problem: the National Electrical Code (NEC) can be befuddling. His courses that focus on the NEC aim to take the confusion out of the code and help installers choose efficiency […]

March 6th, 2019|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation||