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.

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.

Solar is Like a 1980’s Microwave Oven

Solar is Like a 1980’s Microwave Oven

I often feel solar today is like the microwave oven in the ‘80s. While we cannot imagine a kitchen today without a microwave, that was not the case in 1980. Even though the microwave was created in 1946 and made available for home use in the late 1970’s, people were...

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