May 2017 issue: The buzz around pollinator friendly solar plants+ more

  How do we get Bill Nye to shut up about climate change? One of my childhood heroes, Bill Nye the Science Guy, is back with a new show on Netflix. If you haven’t seen it, at least watch the first episode—it applies to your day job. Oh, how I used to light up when

March 2017 issue: The Installation Issue, 17 tips for better projects

  The next solar battle: grid upgrades With the investment tax credit extension firmly in our rearview mirror, we’re approaching the next fork in the road of solar acceleration—grid stability and longevity. The U.S. solar industry will not be able to continue to grow at this accelerated pace if the electric grid doesn’t see upgrades.

2017 Renewable Energy Handbook Solar

Solar Is Here and It’s THRIVING! WE MAY PERSONIFY a broken record when we say, “Now is a great time to get involved with solar.” But the statement holds true every year. Even as we were hesitant to make that pitch last year—with the uncertainty surrounding the investment tax credit (ITC) renewal and the expected

January 2017 issue: Meeting new rapid shutdown requirements

In this issue: 10 CASE STUDY Cranberry bogs and solar power make a surprisingly good couple 20 PANELS With Tesla’s marketing support, it’s a brand new year for the solar roof 26 MOUNTING A new system quickly installs bifacial modules on sloped roofs Solar will remain strong in 2017 With the industry expected install more

November 2016 issue: Top Products Issue

What earns a “top product” its title? While prepping for our annual Top Products issue, we had the opportunity to see many new solutions on display at the summer tradeshows. It’s easy to follow the crowds booth to booth, stopping to see the latest “ground-breaking” and “industry-changing” inverters, racking systems and more. We did see

September 2016 issue: Eating away at O&M costs plus more

In this issue: 36 PANEL POINTS First Solar’s new Series 5 module is larger and more powerful than most traditional cSi panels. 40 MOUNTING Technology advances—like dynamic stabilization— will lead to a transformation in the tracking market. 46 On The Cover Most often, trends in solar are timely innovations or processes used by a growing

July 2016 issue: The 5th Annual Top Solar Contractors issue

In this issue: 22 TOP 500 SOLAR CONTRACTORS LIST Honoring the best of the industry 85 CONTRACTORS BY STATE Recognizing local solar businesses doing the job right 100 5 YEAR CONGRATULATIONS How has the solar business evolved in the last 5 years?   Congratulations, each and every one of you In solar, it’s easy to

May 2016 issue: 24 trends in technology, business and markets

In this issue: 20 PANEL POINTS Under-the-radar U.S. panel manufacturers finding success 26 INVERTER INSIDER Grounding regulations don’t necessarily translate to solar 30 MOUNTING What’s up with solar ballast? 22 24 TRENDS IN TECHNOLOGY, BUSINESS & MARKETS Most often, trends in solar are timely innovations or processes used by a growing portion of the industry,usually

March 2016 issue: Pointers for projects, racking, smart modules and more

In this issue: 33 INSTALLATION ISSUE Pointers for Profitable, Safe, Efficient Projects 20 INVERTER INSIDER Relationship between inverters and batteries growing at three companies 18 PANEL POINTS Module-level power electronics pushing smart modules into limelight 22 STORAGE Grid-connected storage lacks direct standards, but that may change   A second chance to do business for good

January 2016 issue: Business tips, impact of snowfall, CIGS and more

In this issue: 14 INVERTER INSIDER Inverters and storage Q&A, plus smart inverters coming to a utility near you 18 PANEL POINTS CIGS: Solar’s black sheep finding its feet 20 MOUNTING This non-penetrating system could change the industry 26 STORAGE Maximizing your microgrid 30 SERVICES Managing the performance impact of snowfall 36 BUSINESS TIPS Tips from