What Are Reactive Power and VArs?

This is the first of five articles in the series “Reactive Power in Utility-Scale Solar PV Applications.”

Right after I started my first job out of college, I found myself presenting at a meeting and talking about reactive power and VArs.  These were very senior-level engineers, and, although I didn’t recognize it at the time, never […]

Utility-Scale Solar PV Flourishes Despite Mixed Business Conditions

In September 2023, SEIA and Wood Mackenzie released its “Solar Market Insight Report Q3 2023” report. The report projects more than 20 GW of additions in utility-scale solar in 2023, up from 11.8 GW in 2022.

Last month, EIA reported that nearly 17 GW of utility-scale solar was added in the first half of 2023.

These reports […]

New Course Announcement: Creating Solar Courses to Meet the Needs of Electric Membership Co-ops in Georgia and Beyond

Georgia has been hit hard by unscrupulous solar businesses, particularly in the residential space. Misinformation about solar has been spread to homeowners far and wide. There are even quite a few solar systems out there that don’t work properly due to poor installation practices. In the state ranked 7th in the nation for total solar […]

July 14th, 2023|Categories: Solar, Solar Design & Installation, Solar miscellaneous, Solar Utility Interconnection, Utilities||

Grading the States: Clean Energy Adoption and Access to the Grid

One difficulty that solar PV and other clean-tech companies face when looking to expand their business into other states is that every state is different – different in their goals, policies, interconnection processes, technical standards, data availability, and other factors.

For solar PV companies like developers, EPCs (Engineering, Procurement, and Construction), and contractors, it’s about questions […]

“Electric Utility Distribution Equipment” now included with HeatSpring Membership

Starting May 31st, for a limited time, Tim Taylor’s “Electric Utility Distribution Equipment” is included with your HeatSpring Membership. Membership gives you access to premium courses that usually cost more, including:

Selling & Developing Commercial-Industrial Solar

The Hydrogen Economy

Solar Entrepreneurship

Solar Building Codes, Fire Codes, Electric Vehicles and Energy Storage

There are tons of other benefits, too – you […]