System Production: Calculating Yield

System Production: Calculating Yield

If you’ve been on the sales/installation/design side of the solar industry for even a few weeks, you’ve encountered questions related to how system production is calculated. This is a reasonable question. It’s a question that strikes at the heart of the solar value statement. As such, transparency is the appropriate posture for exploring this question.

For Those Who Need The “Bestest”

For Those Who Need The “Bestest”

In solar, there are different grades of module (panel). A module’s efficiency and brand name are the primary factors that determine which “grade” it falls into. Over the years we’ve had many customers who come to us and demand we quote them with “THE MOST EFFICIENT MODULE.” That makes us chuckle to ourselves. Sometimes. Because solar economics just don’t support their demands.

SUNBURNED: Solar Leases, Solar Complaints, Sour Sentiment

SUNBURNED: Solar Leases, Solar Complaints, Sour Sentiment

We found a discovery piece shining light into murky shadows of the solar industry. A tale of well-meaning, solar-naive homeowners (people like you or I) who’d been taken advantage of by unscrupulous solar companies using questionable sales tactics… to rope them into signing up for a shoddy solar system under an agreement of unfavorable terms.

The Musk Effect… Solar Shingles

The Musk Effect… Solar Shingles

Elon Musk. I’ve long thought his greatest contribution would be to captivate and fascinate humanity with his wild and innovative STEM based ideas — and thereby inspire a whole new generation of STEM professionals. I really do think that will be an important part of his legacy. What I want to talk about in this post is a shadow side of his flashy 2016 solar shingle product announcement.

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