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.

Three Solar Industry Trends for Beginners–and Some Important Perspective on Them

If you’re new to the solar industry, you should keep an eye on three trends, says Sean White, instructor of HeatSpring’s 58-hour NABCEP Advanced Solar PV Training Series.

With prices of solar and energy storage dropping, it’s easy to get caught up in hype, or confused by ever-changing regulations, he says. In his course, White alerts […]

September 20th, 2019|Categories: Certification, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Avoid These Three Silly Mistakes about Solar–and Escape Embarrassment

When you’re discussing the details of a solar energy system, it’s easy to slip up in embarrassing ways. Even solar company CEOs commit common mistakes, says Sean White, instructor of HeatSpring’s 58-hour NABCEP Advanced Solar PV Training Series.

His courses teach students how to avoid these slip-ups. They also teach electricians, contractors, or people entering the […]

September 10th, 2019|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Sales & Marketing||

Bigger Projects, Faster Design, Better ROI – Why “Megawatt Design” Exists and Whom it’s For

“Megawatt Design” was an ambitious new course for solar designers created by Ryan Mayfield and SolarPro Magazine in 2014. The course has been continuously improved and today the content is more relevant than ever. Ryan, Randy Batchelor, and Jennifer Alfsen have been working hard to revamp everything based on how the industry is changing and […]

August 26th, 2019|Categories: Megawatt Design, Solar Design & Installation|Tags: , |

Join us at the Oregon Solar Energy Conference

The Oregon Solar Energy Conference is the most robust regional solar energy conference in the nation, and returns to Portland, Oregon this year May 7-9. They will continue with their dedicated contractor day on May 7th, in coordination with the Energy Trust of Oregon, geared towards solar contractors and solar trade allies. OSEC 2019 is […]

With Inexpensive PV, These Three Strategies are no Longer Solar Sins

Ten years ago, solar PV cost 10 times more than what it does now. That means solar installers can now embrace three strategies that were once considered solar sins.

That’s the word from Sean White, instructor of HeatSpring’s 40-Hour Solar Advanced PV Installer Training course.

“Cheap PV is letting people do things with solar they otherwise wouldn’t dream of,”  says […]

March 6th, 2019|Categories: Certification, NABCEP, Solar Design & Installation||