Podcast: Chint on tips for successful solar component ordering

You can’t build a solar project if you don’t have the components you need. We talked to Gail Hibbert and Janelle Oltman of Chint Power Systems Americas’ customer operations for some tips for choosing a good supplier and successfully ordering solar components. Read more tips for ordering components here. Podcast sponsored by:  

Contractors Corner: California contractor inspired by ‘Habitat for Humanity’ model

  Habitat for Humanity has been “bring[ing] people together to build homes, communities and hope” for over 40 years. Volunteer laborers build affordable housing while also building a sense of community.  SunWork Renewable Energy Projects in Milpitas, California, introduced a similar concept to solar. Although, instead of focusing on low income home owners, it targets homes

Ask A Vet: From Birkenstocks to blue suits with IREC’s Jane Weissman

This month’s veteran has a longer solar legacy than anyone we’ve interviewed so far. Jane Weissman recently retired from her position as President and CEO of IREC, starting her days at 5:00 a.m. for more than 20 years. But her experience in solar is even more diverse, including working in PV in the late ’80s,

Ask a Vet: Balancing business and ethics with Daniel Sullivan of Sullivan Solar Power

“Ask anyone in the local clean-tech industry and they will tell you that Daniel Sullivan is the go-to expert for all things solar. Daniel is the most passionate, intelligent, dedicated and hard-working person I have ever met. People, including myself, can’t get enough of his American Dream, rags-to-riches story, of a young entrepreneur with a

Contractors Corner: Moss has utility-scale solar zipped up

  With more than 500 employees across the United States and the Caribbean, Moss is an established construction player in many large markets. Founded in 2004, the Fort Lauderdale, Florida-headquartered company has experience in building stadiums, universities, airports, high-rises and, since 2009, solar. Moss has since been involved with 1.6 GW of utility-scale solar projects

Contractors Corner: Empowering dirty-energy communities across the world with solar

Elemental Energy may be a successful residential and small commercial solar installer in the Portland, Oregon, area, but the company’s solar-obsession extends far beyond the Pacific Northwest. The company’s 15 employees, not content with just clocking in every day, are also affiliated with the non-profit Twende Solar, which bridges the gap between renewable energy experts

Solar Speaks: Tile roof install advice from Quick Mount PV

  In this Solar Speaks episode, we chat with Jeff Spies at Quick Mount PV about solar installations on tile roofs, including when solar installers should suggest new roof installs before putting in solar. Where are tile roofs more prevalent? What are the different kinds of tile roofs? What happens when you break an individual

Ask a Vet: Catching the solar bug with SEPA’s Julia Hamm

You may have seen Julia Hamm, president and CEO of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA), speak at industry shows, but here’s a chance to get to know her and her organization a little better. In our Ask a Vet podcast, we spoke with Hamm about why she’s spent practically her whole career at SEPA,

Solar Basics video: How to avoid three utility-scale ground-mounting challenges

Solar Basics is a video series by Solar Power World created to help installers learn about the business, tools and tricks of the solar power trade. As the saying goes, the best time to solve a problem is before it happens. This is especially true at utility-scale projects sites, where installation delays due to avoidable

Contractors Corner: After entering solar for survival, Horizon Solar Power finds a passion for going green

  The U.S. solar industry employs 260,077 people, according to the latest National Solar Jobs Census. It’s probably a good guess that many of those solar workers have a strong desire to combat climate change and go green. But that’s not necessarily the case for Temecula, California’s Horizon Solar Power. CEO Frank Kneller said while