Top Solar Contractors Gala Recognizes Companies Building The Industry

By Frank Andorka, Senior Editor Velvet ropes. Twinkling lights. Inspirational speeches. Celebrities everywhere you look. The Oscars? No — better. The solar stars were out in force last night at the Solar Power World Top 400 Contractors Gala, which kicked off Solar Power International (SPI) last night in Las Vegas. Contractors from across the country


What’s Really Going On With The New Fire Regulations?

Senior Editor Frank Andorka has been getting emails on a regular basis from installers in California who are worried about the coming fire regulations, mandated by the state’s fire marshall to be in place on Jan. 1, 2015. There’s confusion about what exactly the regulations do, when they will apply and what to do after the


Solar Speaks: Why The U.S. Attracts International Investment

As the European market matures and offers investors slow, steady growth (instead of the spectacular growth of recent years), investors and developers are looking to finance projects in markets that promise growth. That’s where the United States comes in. The U.S. market is white hot, and the growth in the past few years has encouraged new


How to Evaluate Soft Cost Reduction Strategies: An SPI Guide

By Pam Cargill, Special to Solar Power World Planning soft cost reductions is a strategy game, one affected heavily by policy framework. The wider an installer’s territory, the more complexity they must work within. This complexity requires tracking details like an AHJ’s design requirements/code cycles/turnaround timelines, incentive program deadlines and changes, and local utility interconnection policies


SunEnergy1 Installs JinkoSolar Panels For Duke Energy

SunEnergy1 is installing JinkoSolar panels at the Duke Energy Renewables-owned Capital Partners Solar Project in eastern North Carolina. The solar project was announced June 24 as a unique partnership among three customers — George Washington University, American University and the George Washington University Hospital — that will bring solar power from rural North Carolina to the urban settings


You Think Solar Isn’t Mainstream? Think Again

By Kelcy Pegler Jr., Solar Power World Contributor Solar is a huge success story for the renewable energy industry, which has grown exponentially in recent years — to the point where you can now find solar panels in more and more places. Solar power is energizing some of the most iconic locations throughout the world:


Reducing Installation Costs of Ground-Mounting Solar Arrays

By Brandon Wronski, Special To Solar Power World Cost reduction is at the top of the priority list for manufacturers, installers, contractors and consumers alike. Especially is this true in renewable energy markets.  Lowering installation costs decreases the overall cost of the project and means a more level playing field with fossil fuel competition. This ultimately


Quick Mount PV Extends Warranty To 20 Years On Mounts

Quick Mount PV has doubled warranty coverage for its line of solar roof mounts to 20 years. Effective Sept. 1, all solar mounts featuring the company’s patented technologies — QBlock, QBase and QHook — will be covered with a 20-year limited product warranty. The company says its top-notch engineering, ISO 9001:2008 certified manufacturing, and years of field


Solar Speaks: How To Solve The Permitting Mess

If you talk to almost anyone in the solar industry, one of the biggest complaints installers have is the inconsistency of permitting regulations throughout the country. Why is it that Germany can (legend has it) have a one-page solar permitting process, but in the United States it’s harder to get a solar project permitted than it


Fortune Energy Adds Hanwha Q CELLS Modules To Lineup

Fortune Energy President Jack Meng announced the company will now be carrying Hanwha Q CELLS’ solar panels. Hanwha Q CELLS is part of the Hanwha Group and a European photovoltaics company. Q CELLS solar panels will be the newest brand member of Fortune Energy’s Top Tier wholesale solar panel selection. Fortune Energy is a solar distributor and