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 Did the Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market Grow Tenfold Last Year?

In some ways, homeowners’ romantic notions of being energy independent fueled the recent growth in residential solar-plus-storage, says Wes Kennedy, instructor of HeatSpring’s Comprehensive Solar-Plus-Storage course.

The residential market was the fastest-moving market in solar-plus-storage, growing tenfold between 2017 and 2018, says Kennedy, who has been in the solar industry since 1996, employing battery-based solutions.   

“The […]

January 7th, 2019|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

Stacking, Microgrids, and Other Trends Moving the Solar-Plus-Storage Industry

Early adopters of solar-plus-storage have their eye on “stacking” the benefits of storage, which would allow for storage owners to be compensated by utilities or regional transmission organizations for more than one benefit, says Wes Kennedy, instructor of HeatSpring’s Comprehensive Solar-Plus-Storage course.

While it’s not easy right now for storage owners to get compensated for multiple […]

January 7th, 2019|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

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||