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.

Reminder February 3, 2017 is the NABCEP Certification Application Deadline

NABCEP Certified Professionals are in demand by state incentive programs, employers, insurers and projects around the country. The opportunity to sit for the certification exam only comes twice a year, so act now to give yourself a brighter future.

The next application deadline is February 3, 2017!

In order to sit for the exam, you’ll need to […]

By |January 5th, 2017|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar, Solar Design & Installation||

Shading Losses for PV Systems, and Techniques to Mitigate Them

Shading Effects on PV Output
THIS ARTICLE WAS ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON AURORA SOLAR’S BLOG
Since PV systems generate electricity based on the amount of sunlight they are receiving, it makes sense that when a shadow is cast on a panel, from either a passing cloud or nearby tree, the power output decreases. However, the decrease in power […]

Solar O&M: Tips for Contractors, The Future of Solar & Workforce Development

The solar industry is booming, and there’s a lot to keep track of. From system configuration to energy storage, O&M (Operations and Maintenance) and beyond, the job of Franklin Beach Energy’s Managing Director Carter Wall is never really done. Sustainable woman Carter discusses her career, trends in solar, tips for contractors, faulty O&M contracts, preventative maintenance and […]

Infrared Imaging & The Future of Solar PV: A 30 Year Industry Veteran Reflects

Dr. James rand is a 30-year solar veteran, president of Core Energy Works, a HeatSpring expert instructor AND a Sustainable Scholar. He spoke with us about his professional journey, how the industry has changed, his HeatSpring courses and the future of solar PV.
Why do you care about sustainability? What drives you to continue your work in this field?
I […]

Developing Your Solar Project: Research, Permits & Market Opportunities

Chris Lord and Keith Cronin discuss property records, attractive solar markets and permitting processes on the Solar Executive MBA Training discussion board.

Takeaways:

It’s often helpful to work with a county clerk when determining which property records you’ll need
Solar market attractiveness is dependent on factors like ease of access, stability of incentives and access to capital
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