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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Avoid These Mistakes When Developing Solar Projects

It’s easy to make mistakes when developing solar projects—and just one goof can lead to other goofs, extra costs, and wasted time.

That’s the word from Keith Cronin and Chris Lord, instructors for HeatSpring’s Solar Executive MBA Training course, which is designed to help you plan well, avoid mistakes and create the most cost-effective projects possible.

Goofing […]

Instructor Sean White: Solar Energy Author, Interpreter and Comedian

Sean White, instructor of numerous HeatSpring  courses, is a highly regarded expert who has worked with solar energy notables, authored popular books about solar PV and served on NAPCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) exam committees.

But what he really enjoys is engaging with his students, says the instructor of HeatSpring’s 40-Hour Advanced Solar […]

January 13th, 2018|Categories: Certification, Solar Design & Installation, Solar miscellaneous||

Four Trends Shaping the Solar-Plus-Storage Market

Until recently, consumers and businesses embraced solar-plus-storage because they either wanted a backup in the case of utility outages or desired to be off-grid, says Wes Kennedy, instructor of HeatSpring’s Comprehensive Solar-Plus-Storage course.

But in recent years, all that has changed. Price drops in battery systems, technological advances, new utility rates, and policy advances are all […]

January 8th, 2018|Categories: Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

What Solar Installers Need to Know about the 2017 National Electric Code and its Big Changes for the Solar Industry

An image of a solar PV system appears on the cover of the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC)—and for good reason.

“The 2017 NEC has more changes than any other version of the NEC since any of us have been alive. Most of those changes are due to what is on the cover of the NEC: […]

January 2nd, 2018|Categories: Certification, Megawatt Design, NABCEP, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation||

Get Solar Smart and Boost Your Income in the Solar Industry

Many solar professionals worry right now that the Trump administration may impose tariffs on solar panels from China, a move that would increase the costs of doing business in the US and spark layoffs in the industry.

 

However, if you can get solar smart, you can become recession-proof and boost your income, says Dr. Sean White, […]

December 8th, 2017|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Sales & Marketing||