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

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

Solar Basics video: Four ways solar contractors can use customer experience to get profitable

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. The cost of solar may be falling, but there’s a lot less margin to go around. In this Solar Basics video, Solar Power World editors tell you some strategies

Ask a Vet: The importance of telling a great story with Solar-Log’s Anthony Conklin

In our second edition of our newly launched Ask a Vet podcast, we got a chance to speak with Anthony Conklin, president and general manager for Solar Data Systems North America. Solar Data Systems’ Solar-Log monitoring platform is used in residential and commercial PV projects and is compatible with more than 100 brands of inverters.

Contractors Corner: Proving solar is viable in even the darkest Alaskan communities

Oxymorons—little giants, harmless pollution, non-stick glue—they just don’t quite make sense. But what about solar power in Alaska? One young solar installation company headquartered in Anchorage attempts to debunk the  unfortunate assumption that Alaska and solar don’t make sense. Arctic Solar Ventures happened to commission a 25-kW system on winter solstice 2016—the darkest day of

Ask a Vet: Showing solar leadership with Borrego’s Brendan Neagle

Even though mainstream solar is still a relatively young industry, some solar professionals have had the opportunity to watch the industry grow and change for decades. Solar Power World has launched a monthly “Ask a Vet” podcast series to highlight these individuals who have spent 10 or more years in the market. Through the podcast

Solar Speaks: OMCO features custom solar mounting in new roadshow

In this podcast, we’re focused on the utility market, a market which could use some rebooting in 2017. To learn more about the market and how one manufacturer is adjusting to the needs of the utility sector, we’re  speaking with Todd Owen, director & general manager of OMCO Solar. Sponsored by: 

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