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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How to Profit in Solar in 2017

The following article was written by Keith Cronin, who teaches our Solar Executive MBA Training with co-instructor Chris Lord.

The solar industry saw great strides in 2016. It looks like 2017 is going to be a banner year. We saw changes globally. Some areas experienced contractions but the reasons we’ll discuss in a moment.

Some of the […]

How do I Understand Optimal Voltage Drop Percentage? Q+A from NABCEP Advanced PV Installer Training

I have question about voltage drop. In my area, some sources say if Voltage drop is less than 3% it is ok, some sources say it must be not more than 2%. How do I understand optimal Voltage Drop %?
This question was asked recently by a student in our 40-hour Advanced Solar PV Installer Training. […]

January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation||

Reminder February 3, 2017 is the NABCEP Certification Application Deadline

NABCEP Certified Professionals are in demand by state incentive programs, employers, insurers and projects around the country. The opportunity to sit for the certification exam only comes twice a year, so act now to give yourself a brighter future.

The next application deadline is February 3, 2017!

In order to sit for the exam, you’ll need to […]

January 5th, 2017|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar, Solar Design & Installation||

Shading Losses for PV Systems, and Techniques to Mitigate Them

Shading Effects on PV Output
THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON AURORA SOLAR’S BLOG
Since PV systems generate electricity based on the amount of sunlight they are receiving, it makes sense that when a shadow is cast on a panel, from either a passing cloud or nearby tree, the power output decreases. However, the decrease in power […]

Solar O&M: Tips for Contractors, The Future of Solar & Workforce Development

The solar industry is booming, and there’s a lot to keep track of. From system configuration to energy storage, O&M (Operations and Maintenance) and beyond, the job of Franklin Beach Energy’s Managing Director Carter Wall is never really done. Sustainable woman Carter discusses her career, trends in solar, tips for contractors, faulty O&M contracts, preventative maintenance and […]