Solar Speaks: SunLink VP Kate Trono discusses VERTEX monitoring platform

In this Solar Speaks podcast, Kate Trono, vice president of products at SunLink, discusses the company’s recent entry into the solar software market with VERTEX. VERTEX is SunLink’s next‐generation, secure total project SCADA and solar performance monitoring platform. Trono discusses how VERTEX complements the company’s one-year-old entry into operations and maintenance work, as well as how

Sunrun’s BrightPath software platform recognized in DOE SunShot Prize

Sunrun has announced it has been named a SunShot Prize Change Champion by the U.S. Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative for slashing the time it takes to get solar on a home. BrightPath, Sunrun’s innovative software platform, powered the substantial time reduction by streamlining Sunrun’s installation process. The SunShot Prize: Race to 7-Day Solar launched in September 2015 with

Opinion: It’s time to give solar software a try

Would you install modules on a north-facing roof in Charlotte? Turns out, it’d probably be a smart economic decision, if the roof-pitch is 2/12 or shallower. I know this based on analysis run by Folsom Labs with its solar design software HelioScope. In minutes, co-founder Paul Grana could input specific information about a potential system

How much less efficient are north-facing solar modules?

By Paul Grana, co-founder, Folsom Labs It’s considered common knowledge that you want to point your solar modules south, toward the equator (assuming you are in the northern hemisphere). This maximizes the energy production over the course of the year, through both summer and winter. Sometimes, however, the homeowner will want to add modules on

How mobile apps could change solar sales

By Joanna Giętkowska, international business manager, EasySolar  Mobile apps are an important element of our daily lives, letting us easily access news, chat with friends, check weather forecast and more. They are also becoming more important in the working world. Businesses have discovered a good way to increase work performance is by using apps on the

Software companies developing comprehensive tools

Today, all stages of solar project development—from customer identification to asset management—require work on the computer. Once done in Excel and CAD programs, software tools were created specifically for the solar industry to manage leads, create sales proposals, design projects and track operations. “While there has been a lot of innovation in the solar software

How software can help streamline your solar business

In a recent webinar Deep Chakrobotry, CEO of Enact Systems, discussed how software can help automate your solar business. Here’s a recap. You can watch the full webinar here. Distributed U.S. solar energy is expected to be a $30 billion market by 2020. But despite this rapid growth, there is also a downside. As shown

Open Energy partners with kWh Analytics to benchmark performance of commercial solar projects

Open Energy, an innovative commercial solar debt finance provider, has announced a partnership with kWh Analytics, the leading risk management software for solar energy investments. The partnership will allow Open Energy customers to view aggregated performance metrics across their asset portfolios while benchmarking this data against an entire network of projects. “Data aggregation is crucial for

Three ways to better your solar business

The following article is based on the Solar Power World webinar, “How to better your solar business.” The webinar is available for on-demand review here. The webinar, which first streamed March 30, 2016,   featured representatives enACT Systems, Pacefunding and Run on Sun. The solar business is ripe with challenges, including reducing soft costs, securing financing

How to calculate solar LCOE—and understand its values

Article by Samuel Adeyemo, COO at Aurora Solar The Levelized Cost of Energy (LCOE) is one of the residential solar industry’s most commonly used metrics. However, it is also one of the industry’s most poorly understood and incorrectly calculated metrics. If you’re like most solar professionals, you kind of understand LCOE. You may have referred to