Solar


The solar industry continues to grow at a meteoric rate, with 34% U.S. market growth of 2014. We write regularly on both technical and finance concepts critical to success in solar.

Free Technical Solar PV Training Resources

Free Course: Basic Solar PV Design, Code, Economics, Sales, and Site Visits
Free Course: Battery Capacity – The Basis of Storage
Access Ryan Mayfield’s Free Megawatt String Sizing Tool

Free Solar Finance Courses

Free Course: Chris Lord’s Commercial Solar Leverage Model
Free Course: Commercial Solar PPA’s 101
Free Course: Microgrid Economics & Feasibility

Free Solar Hot Water (Thermal) Courses

Advanced Training. If you need to get in depth training on how to market, sell, design or install a solar PV project, look at our solar trainings like Megawatt Design, Solar Executive MBA, NABCEP Training, and the Solar Startup Accelerator.

Why All Solar Workers Need to Know Solar Energy Industry Basics

In the past, a small crew of workers with a truck served as a whole solar company, and each crew member had a good grasp of the basics of the industry. They all were well-versed enough in the industry to talk to and sell to customers, which afforded them a fair amount of job mobility […]

November 16th, 2017|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar, Solar Design & Installation, Uncategorized||

Your Solar Finance Primer: What to Know About the Top Four Solar Financing Options

This article was originally published on Aurora Solar’s Blog
With many solar installations costing tens of thousands of dollars, a solar project is a significant investment for most customers. Fortunately, there are a number of financing options to help clients install solar without breaking the bank. Navigating the decision-making process, however, can be daunting for those […]

November 16th, 2017|Categories: Solar, Solar Finance||

NABCEP PV Associate Credential Goes International

Are you interested in earning the NABCEP PV Associate credential and are from outside the United States? We have great news! You can now take the PV Associate exam at any CastleWorldwide Testing Center in the world. You could be the first from your country, a documented solar pioneer and you can one day tell […]

November 16th, 2017|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Sales & Marketing||

“Bring me tariffs!” U.S. Solar Industry Braces After ITC Ruling

Friday the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) issued its decision finding “a substantial cause of serious injury to the domestic industry” due to dumping of low cost Chinese solar panels in the U.S. market. By the “domestic industry” the ITC means U.S. solar manufacturers, frustratingly they continue to ignore the implications of this decision on […]

How to Design Smart Solar Systems in a Fast-Moving Industry

Because technology, regulations and software are evolving rapidly in the solar industry, it’s important for contractors, designers and engineers to stay informed about the latest ways to design solar systems.

While it may seem daunting to track industry changes, you benefit by learning how to design more quickly, efficiently and at lower costs. This will help […]

September 21st, 2017|Categories: Megawatt Design, NABCEP, Solar, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||