Solar deals are going digital

Solar is rapidly growing as more consumers seek the benefits of renewable power. The U.S. solar industry achieved another record year in 2014—growing by 34% compared with 2013—to install nearly 7,000 MW of solar electric capacity, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. Given the track record of growth, solar conversion and popularity are predicted to


SolyMoly launches online shopping for solar energy

SolyMoly, a one-stop shop for the solar curious, announced its nationwide deployment. SolyMoly is designed to guide homeowners through the often-confusing process of making the switch to solar energy. Unlike competing services, which automatically map the entire surface area of a roof, SolyMoly is fully customizable, allowing homeowners to specify which area of the rooftop


NREL measures accuracy of remote shading analysis by Bright Harvest, residential PV design firm

If your sales pipeline is thick with opportunity, but your design team is running thin, a residential-solar design service may be the solution. One such company, Bright Harvest, uses remote shading analysis to design layouts for residential PV installers. NREL recently analyzed the company’s remote shading analysis technology. In a report, researchers said their investigation

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Google is mapping rooftops to find solar potential

Google announced its plans to determine the planet’s solar potential though what it calls “Project Sunroof.” Here is a piece published on the company’s Green Blog explaining the project.  The cost of solar power is at a record low. A typical solar home can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars per year on their electricity


5 potential solar high-flyers and industry movers

As solar continues to boom companies from storage, software and other fields are attracted to the potential for success in the industry.  At forum at Intersolar NA 2015, five new innovative companies spoke about becoming part of the solar revolution. Here’s a quick look at each. kWH Analytics: Solar risk management kWh Analytics helps the

A solar irradiance simulation from the Aurora Solar design software.

Intersolar Q&A: Aurora Solar, maker of solar project design software

Solar Power World caught up Christopher Hopper, co-founder of the solar design platform Aurora Solar to learn more about the company’s product and what he hopes to share with attendees at Intersolar North America. This is what Hopper had to say: SPW: What will you be sharing with the Intersolar audience when they stop by


How has design software evolved?

Design software has many different uses, touching every aspect of the solar development process. Paul Grana, founder of Folsom Labs, explained that design software may be used in the beginning sales process by measuring the size, cost and expected energy yield of the array. “Then, design software can help engage the customer, generating high-quality imagery and in


Solar Monitoring: The value of multiple points of data

Much like a new car, solar monitoring and control systems have options available to the owner and operator. And much like car options, some monitoring upgrades are important and relatively inexpensive, some are nice to have and other things really make the site a Rolls Royce system. It’s up to you (and the budget) as


Aerial prospecting with precision

Google Maps was a pioneering technology for remote solar prospecting. Installers could scroll across neighborhoods, picking the best south-facing roofs with the fewest apparent shading issues. They could make rough measurements, estimating roof tilt, and build a sales proposal. They could drive up to a house—one with a sunny property, or so it seemed according


SunShot announces Solar Software Start-Up winners

The Energy Department announced the five winners of the first round of the SunShot Catalyst prize competition, which were chosen out of 17 finalist start-ups that demonstrated their solar energy software solutions before a packed house and a panel of judges in San Francisco on May 14. Winners received $30,000 each to help advance their