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Solar Speaks: How R&D efficiency records compare to installed solar panels

We spoke with Brad Mattson, CEO of Siva Power, about solar panel companies breaking efficiency records in R&D labs, and how those panels compare to the ones installed in the field. Mattson provided us with great insight, as Siva Power has finished its R&D process and is ready to begin manufacturing its CIGS-based panels within the

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Solar Speaks: How a nonprofit and solar music videos are changing the world

We spoke with Teri Carter, a consultant for global sustainable solutions and community development. She discussed how USOL Energy is making solar panels in Mexico for Mexico, how her non-profit Power of Green L.A. is training and retraining the solar industry, and how she’s making solar fun and attracting youth by merging it with entertainment.

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Contractors Corner: Horizon Solar Power

Horizon Solar Power, a southern California-based solar installation company, was founded in 1998 and has installed more than 2,000 residential installations since 2008. Over the past three years, the company has undergone tremendous growth: 95 employees in 2012 turned into 540 in 2014, and 2/3 of the company’s total installation capacity was installed just last year. I spoke with David

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Contractors Corner: Collegiate Solar focuses on the everyday family

Collegiate Solar, a Buffalo, NY-based contracting company, was started in 2009 by company president Chris Jablonski after 15 years of experience in the roofing industry. With a growing number of employees and a market of primarily residential installations, Collegiate’s basis is its focus on family-oriented business. I spoke with Jablonski to hear about the regulatory situation in New

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Upcoming live webinar: How solar inverters and storage work together

Join us for this exclusive live webinar on August 27, 2015 at 2pm EST, featuring guest presenters Mara White from OutBack Power and Elise Murphy from Fire Mountain Solar. Storage is critical for solar’s growth, whether used in off-grid or battery backup applications. To stay ahead, solar contractors must understand basic storage system design and installation, as

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Solar Speaks: Pro-Tech Energy Solutions on dealing with difficult installation conditions

It’s common for solar projects in the Northeast to be situated on difficult terrain. Sometimes installations require tree clearing, access roads, earth moving, even rock blasting. In rural areas, endangered turtles or Indian burial grounds can present problems. And in the city, projects can encounter limited space, people trying to go about their day and

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On demand webinar: Developing solar RV and boat storage – a lesson in earning!

This is an On Demand Webinar. Please fill out the form below to view.  This on demand webinar will walk attendees through the conception, development, financing, construction and management of a Solar RV and Boat Storage project. A case study of a completed project, this session will include real time solar production numbers, rental capacities

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Contractors Corner: Mortenson speaks on how to know your solar customers better

How do you stay on top of knowing your customers’ needs? What are their biggest challenges and how can you help? Is talking to them on the job site enough? We spoke with Trent Mostaert, Vice President and general manager of solar at Mortenson Construction to find out how his company conducts a survey to

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Solar Speaks goes live at Intersolar

We are taking our popular podcast series on the road and to a live audience. Solar Speaks Live will be at Intersolar North America in the Unirac booth from July 14 to 15, 2015. Solar Power World editors will interview industry thought leaders about their unique solar industry perspectives, involvement and outlook. Interviews will be

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