Solar PV


Solar Photovoltaic systems use solar energy to create electricity. In 2010, the solar PV industry was the fastest growing industry in the US, with a growth rate is 69%.

New to solar? Start with this great free course: Solar PV Design, Code, Economics, Sales, and Site Visits

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Chris LaForge’s Load Calculator for Battery-Based Solar PV Systems (Excel)
Ryan Mayfield’s Free Megawatt String Sizing Tool (Excel)

3 Reasons Your PV System Load Profile is Overinflated and How to Fix It

The article below is a discussion from our course, Batteries in Solar PV Systems, led by Christopher LaForge. Christopher LaForge is the CEO of Great Northern Solar and a NABCEP certified photovoltaic installer. He has been designing, specifying, and installing systems since 1988.

Takeaways:

The Energy Master Program is a great tool to work out a design for […]

[Interview] Battery Expert Christopher LaForge on the Tesla Powerwall

The debut of the Tesla Powerwall has made quite a splash in many circles. Claiming to outperform current battery systems for solar, it has the potential to make a large impact on the storage side of the production of solar energy. I had the chance to speak with Christopher LaForge, a PV battery expert with […]

[Interview] Financial Models and Sample Documents for Commercial Solar Projects

I recently spoke with Chris Lord and Keith Cronin about some of the financial modeling tools and sample¬† documents that they frequently use to teach solar professionals working on commercial projects. Chris and Keith, who co-teach our Solar Executive MBA course, first talked about the financial modeling tools, how they came to use them, and […]

The Top Challenges with Technical Qualification for Commercial Solar Projects

This article will provide a snapshot of the current technical challenges that engineers and project managers face with the technical qualification of solar projects.

Project qualification is a critical part of the commercial solar sales process. It’s where sales, technical skills, and finance all overlap.

From the investor due diligence perspective, there are a number of key […]

50 Question NABCEP Practice Test [2015 Edition]

Passing the NABCEP Installer Exam is notoriously hard. On April 11th (about a month from now) the next round of applicants will take the exam. Some will pass (40-50% is the unofficial numbers I’ve heard), some will fail, and all will struggle. NABCEP’s role in the industry is an important one, and to do it […]