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Operations & Maintenance
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Tim McDuffie
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Thanks in large part to the recent influx of solar distributed energy resource (DER) generation, the California utility grid is becoming saturated much faster than anyone ever expected. Saturation in this context refers to the maximum solar capacity beyond which the electric power system becomes unstable. In addition to potential grid instability issues, saturation can result in interconnection delays for solar EPC firms. This article explores some of the interconnection challenges as well as...

Design & Installation
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Joe Schwartz
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New high-density lithium-ion battery technologies, innovative software and power electronics designs, and changes to incentive programs, such as California’s storage-centric Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP), are ushering in a new era for grid-connected, customer-sited energy storage projects. This article profiles 15 manufacturers that design and build inventive equipment for residential-scale solar-plus-storage systems.

Business & Finance
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Anthony Fiorino, Kim Saccio-Kent
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A well-designed content marketing strategy—supported by a robust customer relationship management (CRM) system—builds connections with prospects, engages visitors to your website, educates customers about products and services, establishes your brand as an industry expert and develops qualified leads. In this article, we give you a bird’s eye view of content marketing, including developing a marketing plan, identifying topics that interest your audience, and getting your message out to...

Design & Installation
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Marvin Hamon
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Many solar contractors are reluctant to bid on design-bid-build projects. The solar construction industry is more likely to use a design-build process.

Project Profiles
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SolarPro Staff
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The 2.2 MW PV arrays at Cottonwood Creek Ranch in Madera, California, adds two more successful projects to the long-standing CalCom Solar–SunLink partnership to bring solar to agricultural sites in the state.

Project Profiles
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SolarPro Staff
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Clark University's PV array on its Alumni and Student Engagement Center was designed by Architerra, a Boston-based architectural firm well known for sustainable design, and Solar Design Associates (SDA), an EPC firm with a long history of developing innovative PV solutions. KW Management of Nashua, New Hampshire, assisted with the project’s installation.

Product Launches
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SMA America has announced that it is taking orders for the newest member of its Sunny Tripower lineup, the CORE1.

Product Launches
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Panasonic Eco Solutions North America has extended its HIT series module workmanship warranty to 25 years.

Product Launches
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S-5! has released four new attachment brackets, RibBrackets I–IV, for use with metal roofing panels with trapezoidal profiles.

Product Launches
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AMtec Solar’s Auxiliary Power Cabinet is an all-in-one freestanding enclosure that is customizable to meet specific project requirements.