Shading Losses for PV Systems, and Techniques to Mitigate Them

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 is a lot worse […]

Megawatt Systems: 3 Design Considerations

On the Megawatt Design discussion board, Ryan Mayfield answers student questions about designing systems. He discusses surge protection, tilted arrays, and “levelized cost of energy.”
Student 1: Do any of you specify surge or lightning-protective devices for your systems? Either on the DC or AC side of the inverter? Have any of you had cases where array equipment […]

Access the Tools, Network & Knowledge You Need to Advance Your Solar Career

Here are the powerhouse solar courses you don’t want to miss:

Megawatt Design – Master large-scale solar project design, learn how to get your projects permitted and installed faster and cheaper. Access valuable tools and resources, while advancing your career and the solar industry and connecting with a network of professionals.

Advanced Solar + Storage – Master a technical understanding […]

PPA Deal with 3 Investors: Questions to Ask to Model and Structure the PPA

When you’re working on a PPA deal with multiple investors you need to know each investor’s end goal and then structure the PPA accordingly. Do you need to consider a Partnership Flip or the Unstructured model returns? Here’s a discussion from our Solar Executive MBA training. Please share your experience with this type of deal in the comments […]

Eradicating Energy Poverty: 80 Microgrids by 2020

The EarthSpark team spent 5 years developing their first microgrid in Haiti. Inaugurated in June 2015, it is currently serving 449 homes and businesses with affordable, reliable electricity 24/7. The grid contains 93 kW of PV panels, a 30 kVa generator back up and 410 kWh of battery storage. Learn more about the technical details […]