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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.

Striking a Balance Between Aggressive and Conservative Solar Project Designs

It’s tempting to pack a roof with too many solar panels to sell a system, says Randy Batchelor, instructor, along with Ryan Mayfield, of HeatSpring’s Megawatt Design course.

“An engineer might say, ‘It will only fit 1 MW.’ A salesperson might say, ‘Let’s fit more on to win the deal.’”  

It’s important to strike a balance between […]

March 26th, 2020|Categories: Certification, Megawatt Design, Solar Design & Installation||

How Drones Reduce the Cost of Solar

Many solar companies employ an in-house drone pilot. Why? Because drones lower the cost of design, installation, inspections and maintenance in solar projects of all sizes. They can help save a lot of money on big projects, and a little bit of money on small projects.

Solar companies that don’t have an in-house pilot can contract […]

March 20th, 2020|Categories: Drones, Solar|Tags: , |

Solar Legend Lends Expertise to HeatSpring Courses with Sean White

Solar legend Bill Brooks has partnered with HeatSpring instructor Sean White to prepare new materials for some of White’s courses that train students to take NABCEP exams.

Brooks, who calls himself an ambassador for solar technology, is an engineer with more than 30 years of experience designing, installing and evaluating grid-connected solar photovoltaic (PV) systems.

More than […]

March 14th, 2020|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Bringing More PV Online with Power Control Systems

If you’re a PV solar producer who is not home for a week, the PV may fill up your battery storage and send too much current to the grid, possibly violating NEC or other rules. If this is likely to happen, a new Power Control System (PCS) that regulates the flow, timing and direction of […]

March 5th, 2020|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation||

New Drone Pilot Training Program Builds Skills for the Renewable Energy Industry

This release originally appeared on PR Fire

The new “Drone Pilot Boot Camp + FAA Part 107 Exam Prep”
is a collaboration between three companies: HeatSpring, Little Arms, and
Unmanned Experts. They’ve built this unmanned aircract commercial operations
course especially for engineering, construction and renewable energy firms.

Keven Gambold is the instructor. Formerly a
combat pilot for the British Royal Air […]

February 26th, 2020|Categories: Drones, Solar miscellaneous, Technology & Engineering|Tags: |