ENACT Platform registered 400% user growth, publishes first analytics report

ENACT SYSTEMS, the leading end-to-end business process automation platform for distributed solar projects published its first platform analytics report highlighting aggregate market statistics based on user platform activity across the 2016 calendar year. Key trends on important market variables like solar volumes, system pricing, sizing and utility bill offsets are available at a granular level

New Proinso software platform to assist with reducing solar soft costs

Recognizing that software has changed most mature industries, PROINSO is committing to ensuring its customers stay ahead of the competition streamlining and increasing productivity by making use of integrated digital platforms. Powered by the award-winning cloud software from Enact, PROINSO Advantage platform handles all aspects from CRM, leads, appointment scheduling, sales design, permit packages, contracts,

What is the cost of messing up an east-west installation?

How an electrical mistake can cause 10% energy loss By Paul Grana, co-founder, Folsom Labs East-west arrays are becoming increasingly common for flat-roof applications. These systems offer greater packing density – fitting more modules into a space-constrained roof to maximize the total energy generated. However, this new design topology comes with one important additional requirement:

Aurora revamps AutoDesigner

Aurora introduces its newly revamped AutoDesigner to help contractors automatically design the best system for their clients. In an email announcement to its subscribers, the company explained the AutoDesigner considers thousands of variables including your component’s electrical characteristics, their prices, utility rates and shading conditions to come up with better designs than humans. To learn

SPW picks for the top solar product characteristics of 2016

This year, new consumer product features allow you to track your sleep, take a 3D deep sea dive in a shark cage and even toss digital confetti in birthday text messages. Likewise, new features of products are enhancing our lives in solar. Below, you’ll see products that incorporate cutting-edge technologies using chip integration, diamond-like materials,

Zeversolar: New app for cloud-based PV system monitoring

Zeversolar, a subsidiary company of leading inverter manufacturer SMA , has launched a new app for monitoring PV systems via smartphone. The app accesses cloud-based monitoring portal ZeverCloud, and versions for both Android and iOS are available. No matter where they are, PV system operators can use it to access current and historical yield data

Software companies Power Factors and Ekhosoft team up

Power Factors, LLC, an industry-leading software provider for monitoring, managing and optimizing renewable energy assets, announced today that it has acquired Ekhosoft Inc., a leader in intelligent operational management software solutions, from Bay4 Energy Services, a leading solar and energy storage asset management company. “For the past 15 years, Ekhosoft has built powerful event driven

Solar tech flies high as drones aid in site assessment

As in all industries, the best technology emerges as improved ways of doing tried-and-true processes. Trackers allow panels to follow the sun and generate more power. Microinverters boost system performance and pinpoint problems. These technologies have pushed the solar industry into the future. Now solar software is getting in on the action by providing a

Software lets installers assess solar glare for sensitive areas

Solar glare assessments are needed for solar power plants, when drivers or pilots of cars, planes or the railroad are in danger of being distracted by solar reflections. Neighbors, too, have a right to be protected from unreasonable glint and glare. New software for Solar Glare Assessment now allow a detailed simulation in three-dimensional space.

What happens when an east-west solar array isn’t perfectly east-west?

By Paul Grana, co-founder, Folsom Labs East-west arrays are an increasingly popular configuration in the commercial solar market. With low module prices, it makes sense to trade a slight decrease in module productivity for greater overall system power production. By placing modules back-to-back, designers can avoid clearances for module shading, and can fit many more