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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
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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 Did the Residential Solar-Plus-Storage Market Grow Tenfold Last Year?

In some ways, homeowners’ romantic notions of being energy independent fueled the recent growth in residential solar-plus-storage, says Wes Kennedy, instructor of HeatSpring’s Comprehensive Solar-Plus-Storage course.

The residential market was the fastest-moving market in solar-plus-storage, growing tenfold between 2017 and 2018, says Kennedy, who has been in the solar industry since 1996, employing battery-based solutions.   

“The […]

January 7th, 2019|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

Stacking, Microgrids, and Other Trends Moving the Solar-Plus-Storage Industry

Early adopters of solar-plus-storage have their eye on “stacking” the benefits of storage, which would allow for storage owners to be compensated by utilities or regional transmission organizations for more than one benefit, says Wes Kennedy, instructor of HeatSpring’s Comprehensive Solar-Plus-Storage course.

While it’s not easy right now for storage owners to get compensated for multiple […]

January 7th, 2019|Categories: Solar Business Growth, Solar Design & Installation, Solar Plus Storage||

The 7 Reasons Why Solar Projects Fail

Solar development is hard today. 5 years ago, utilities were more interested in finding ways to get you interconnected. Building departments were less stringent on their requirements. Life was good in the solar space.

Then it wasn’t.

You’ve spent months trying to take a project from an idea or a knock on a farmer’s door to completion. […]

October 12th, 2018|Categories: Solar||

3 Lessons I Learned From Collaboration

It was early 2002 and the idea of a solar PPA was in its infancy. I got an email from a guy from BP Solar seeing if I was interested in buying some solar panels. His name was Jigar Shah.

That email and subsequent follow up phone call built upon a friendship and future business relationship […]

The 3 Most Important Elements To The Solar MBA Course

You want to take the Solar Executive MBA course. You want to learn more. You want to get ahead. But you’re unsure if this course is right for you.

We understand and want to clarify a few things with you.

We believe there are 3 essential elements in solar development. The first one, is having a firm […]

August 10th, 2018|Categories: Solar||