Kelcy Pegler Jr. is now part of the NRG Home Solar team after co-founding Roof Diagnostics Solar. He is a regular Solar Power World contributor.

The Changing Face of the Residential Solar Customer

By Kelcy Pegler Jr., Solar Power World Contributor As a residential solar company, one of the biggest misconceptions we hear is that solar panels are only for the wealthy. Early solar systems were expensive to manufacture and install. As a result, early adopters of solar power had higher incomes in to afford the high expense.

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Los Angeles Apartments Install Solar Thermal

Community leaders and representatives from Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s and Congressman Brad Sherman’s offices were on hand for the unveiling of a new solar hot water system, fully financed and installed by Skyline Innovations for WNC Community Preservation Partners. The system, installed at the Coral Wood Court Apartments, will enable low-income Reseda residents to


UL White Paper: Getting More Reliability in PV Installations

Photovoltaic (PV) module manufacturers, installers and project owners share a common interest in the long-term performance of PV installations. In evaluating the reliability of a PV system, it is important to focus not just on the PV module but on the entire system. An installed PV system can provide the expected level of service only


World’s Largest Wind-Solar Hybrid Installation Unveiled In Jamaica

The world’s largest hybrid renewable energy project to date was recently commissioned on the rooftop of the Myers, Fletcher, & Gordon (MFG) law firm in Kingston, Jamaica. Developed by WindStream Technologies, the landmark urban installation consists of 50 WindStream SolarMill units to harness available wind and solar resources. The SolarMill is a new distributed energy


Get Solar Quotes Instantly With Only A Street Address

Sungevity’s Instant Solar Quote (Instant iQuote) is the first technology capable of generating residential solar installation quotes instantly based on nothing more than a street address. Both Instant iQuote and Sungevity’s earlier-generation iQuote technology eliminate the need for time-consuming and capital-intensive home visits to design and price residential solar installations. The new instant quote ability


PanelClaw’s Polar Bear III First To Pass Fire Testing at UL

PanelClaw’s Polar Bear III flat-roof mounting system is the first flat roof product in the world to complete system level fire testing at Underwriters Laboratories to UL 1703/2703 successfully. With this landmark milestone achievement, all projects in North America installed with PanelClaw’s Polar Bear III and appropriately typed modules conform to the new fire-test portion of

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Canadian Solar Closes Canada’s Largest EPC Agreement For 140 MW DC Farm

Canadian Solar, one of the world’s largest solar power companies, announced its wholly-owned subsidiary, Canadian Solar Solutions, has entered into an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) agreement with Kingston Solar LP, a solar energy project developed by Samsung Renewable Energy (Samsung) for the construction of a 140 MW DC utility-scale solar energy farm. The EPC agreement is expected


The Solar Revolution Comes To Boston As PV America Shines

By Frank Andorka, Editorial Director Amid a potentially landmark compromise between the Massachusetts solar industry and its utilities to further the industry’s interests in the state, PV America descended on Boston’s convention center, filled with optimism and excitement for the future of the solar industry. The only cloud in the sunny skies above the city


ModSolar: Emerging Software And Technology Leaders

Mike Dershowitz and Kevin Ilsen co-founded ModSolar in 2011 with little more than $3,500. Today, the Philadelphia-based company has become nationally known as a leader in software and technology solutions for solar providers. “ModSolar is changing the way the solar industry works,” says Dershowitz.  “We are bringing efficiency to previously time-consuming processes, with an all-in-one, comprehensive


Kyocera Solar Powers Large Australian Roof-Top System

  Autonomous Energy announced the completion of a 500kW solar power system at Toyota Motor Corp. Australia’s manufacturing plant in Melbourne. 2,000 Kyocera solar panels now cover the roof of Toyota Australia’s Engine Factory at its Altona North plant (VIDEO). It is the largest roof-mounted solar photovoltaic (PV) system in Victoria and the third largest nationally. “One of