Celebrating a Decade of Unparalleled Technical Content
With this issue, SolarPro concludes a decade of publishing. Developing the original, in-depth technical content SolarPro has built its reputation on is an expensive and labor-intensive process. A challenging business environment, characterized by falling advertising and subscription revenue, has made the publication of SolarPro increasingly difficult in recent years. Rather than compromise the quality SolarPro is known for, we opted to ramp things down with our November/December 2018 issue. If you purchased a print subscription and would like a refund for the value of the remaining issues, please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. While we will no longer be publishing new editorial content, SolarPro’s 10-year technical catalog will remain available on solarprofessional.com.
For our final issue, we decided to build a lengthy retrospective of feature articles that highlight the depth and breadth of SolarPro’s technical editorial content. The assembled deep-dive articles cover topics ranging from system design and installation safety to performance modeling and asset management. Reading the collected works in this final issue of SolarPro, you can watch an industry maturing before your eyes, metamorphosing from a novelty in niche behind-the-meter applications to a mainstream source of new power generation capacity.
During our review process, in which we selected one article to represent each of our first ten editorial calendar years, we were struck by both the quality and continued relevance of the information contained in many SolarPro articles. Good ideas have a timeless value, and these ten articles are filled with good ideas and useful information, as are many others in our catalog. At the same time, these articles—and the broader repository of works in our archives—serve as a historical record of sorts.
Providing timely coverage specific to solar industry professionals in North America, we chronicled manufacturers, technologies and products as they entered, ascended, and exited the market. We captured snapshots of evolving market conditions, recording mergers, acquisitions and bankruptcies. We documented evolving codes and standards and the impact these had on fielded PV power systems. We mapped our colleagues’ careers as they travelled within the industry throughout the years.
During our decade-long tenure, we had the good fortune and privilege to work with a broad cross-section of solar industry subject matter experts and thought leaders. Repeat contributors include the likes of Bill Brooks, Paul Gibbs, Blake Gleason, Jason Fisher, Marvin Hamon, Paul Hernday, Rebekah Hren, Sarah Kurtz, Ryan Mayfield, Brian Mehalic, Fortunat Mueller, Mat Taylor and Tarn Yates. Our contributing authors—especially those who carved time out of their busy schedules to contribute on an ongoing basis—are the real champions behind SolarPro, We provided the vessel, adorned and fired the clay, but our contributors filled these works, sharing and distilling their hard-earned knowledge so that it could be of service to others.
—The SolarPro Editorial Team: David Brearley, Kathryn Houser and Joe Schwartz
From kW to MW: System Design Considerations
SP1.6: October/November 2008
BY JOHN BERDNER
PV System Commissioning
SP2.6: October/November 2009
BY BLAKE GLEASON, PE
Production Modeling for Grid-Tied PV Systems
SP3.3: April/May 2010
BY TARN YATES AND BRADLEY HIBBERD
Fall Protection Systems
SP5.2: February/March 2012
BY KARL RIEDLINGER
Basics of Medium-Voltage Wiring for PV Power Plant AC Collection Systems
SP6.1: December/January 2013
BY DAN SIMPSON, PE
Interpreting I-V Curve Deviations
SP7.5: August/September 2014
BY PAUL HERNDAY
The Heat Is On: Fault Detection and Fire Prevention
SP8.6: November/December 2015
BY BILL BROOKS, PE
Soiling Assessment in Large-Scale PV Arrays
SP9.6: November/December 2016
BY SANJAY SHRESTHA AND MAT TAYLOR
Advanced Battery Technologies for Stationary Energy Storage Applications
SP 10.6: November/December 2017
BY DAVID BREARLEY