Is it possible to install solar on a sloped roof without drilling holes?

What if you could install traditional solar panels on a sloped roof with no penetrations? Not low-watt, adhesive modules; not flexible thin-film; but rigid, glassed, crystalline solar panels on rails. Impossible, right? According to not one but two solar mounting companies, it’s possible, and multiple successful installations prove it. In a highly saturated market, mounting

4 things you may not know about SEIA’s new CEO

Today marks a change of the guard; it’s Abby Hopper’s first day at the helm of the industry’s most influential organization, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA). Succeeding Rhone Resch after his 12 years in the leadership role, Hopper has experience in both state and federal agencies, with her most recent job at the Bureau

What solar contractors need to know about NEC 2017

By Marvin Hamon, P.E., principal, Hamon Engineering The 2017 triennial update of the National Electrical Code (NEC) is complete and has been released for adoption. Though AHJs may take months or years to adopt the latest edition (California won’t adopt the 2017 NEC until 2020), it’s important for solar contractors to know what’s coming. Here’s

The hows and whys of establishing solar distributor relationships

By: Mary Shaffer Gill, Director of Marketing, CivicSolar Distributors provide efficiency for solar contractors by serving as a single point of contact for accessing modules, racking, inverters, balance of systems and most—if not all—ancillary services necessary to install solar. As a result of their strategic market position between supply and demand, distributors gain knowledge they

4 ways PACE can help you land commercial projects

This blog was originally published at by Charlie Seltzer. The property-assessed clean energy (PACE) model is an innovative mechanism for financing energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements on private property. PACE programs allow local governments, state governments, or other inter-jurisdictional authorities, when authorized by state law, to fund the up-front cost of energy improvements on

Inverters are leading the way to meeting new rapid shutdown requirements

The NFPA has published the 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code, and technically, as of Jan. 1, any state could adopt the code’s new rules. However, as with any code cycle, there will be a lag in adoption. California is just beginning to enforce NEC 2014 this year. Still, any solar contractor installing on

How trackers can make or break a solar project

By Ron Corio, founder and CEO of Array Technologies Inc. While the global growth of solar installations is expected to slow in 2017, the adoption of solar trackers for utility-scale projects is expected to continue to boom—and for good reason. By dramatically improving energy production, solar trackers meaningfully improve the overall economics of solar power

Webinar: Designing Residential PV Systems for Maximum Return: an Inside Look into Aurora’s AutoDesigner – February 8, 2017

Join us for a free, live webinar on February 8, 2017 at 2:00pm EST.     Figuring out the best solar installation to meet your customer’s energy needs, budget, and –most importantly– roof can be hard. With increasingly complex utility rate structures like NEM 2.0, dozens of electrical and fire code rules, and hundreds of

Solar Speaks: SolarEdge discusses its HD-Wave inverter technology

SolarEdge’s HD-Wave technology has been turning heads since it was released at Solar Power International 2015. This year it won an Intersolar Award, and we also selected to feature it as a top product technology of 2016. Here to tell us more about this innovative technology are SolarEdge’s Mike Rogerson, marketing director north America, and

A brand-new year for the solar roof

By Oliver Koehler, CEO of SunTegra After a somewhat tumultuous year for roof-integrated solar, we’re heading into 2017 with unprecedented attention and momentum. The past 12 months of lows and highs have left roof-integrated solar shingle and tile manufacturers in a better position than ever, but not without some serious whiplash. Until 2016, there was