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What it takes to be a Qualified Solar Installer

June 12th, 2017 / Bill Anderson / Comments Off on What it takes to be a Qualified Solar Installer

  In a recent post I wrote that an Electrician license alone – even a Master Electrician license – does not qualify you to design and install solar systems. I totally respect the fact that a Master license is a great achievement that requires significant experience and training, but it’s not solar specific. Some took exception to Read More

Solar Systems and Storage – What you need to know

June 5th, 2017 / Bill Anderson / Comments Off on Solar Systems and Storage – What you need to know

If there’s more common buzzword in the solar industry today than storage, I don’t know what it would be. As is the case with many terms in the solar world, storage can mean different things – depending on who’s using it. In its most basic use, storage means electric potential stored in a battery using Read More

People keep asking about solar kits

May 3rd, 2017 / Bill Anderson / Comments Off on People keep asking about solar kits

  More and more solar “kits” are showing up at home improvement stores and on Internet web sites, and we regularly get questions about them. Here’s an example: We’re seeing a number of solar kits being offered for sale at the local home improvement stores at what look to be pretty good prices. Are these Read More

Clarification from NABCEP

April 26th, 2017 / Bill Anderson / Comments Off on Clarification from NABCEP

  In an earlier blog post, I referred to the relatively new NABCEP Associate program and called it an Associate Certification. Since then, I’ve received the following clarification from NABCEP: NABCEP’s Associate exams provide qualified applicants with a credential, not a certification. Unfortunately, while the difference may seem small to some, it is significant to Read More

Why don’t more solar installers offer ground mounts?

April 24th, 2017 / Bill Anderson / Comments Off on Why don’t more solar installers offer ground mounts?

We do a lot of ground mount systems each year, and over the last year or so we did an even higher percentage than usual. The list below features a dozen recent ground mount systems – ten as part of battery backup (bimodal) systems. Ground mounts are a particularly good option for battery backup systems Read More

Before you buy a solar system, ask the installer these questions:

February 21st, 2017 / Bill Anderson / Comments Off on Before you buy a solar system, ask the installer these questions:

There’s only one reason I can think of why anybody would take on the serious safety and long-term production risks of having an inexperienced installation company, or one using a group of trainees, install their solar system. That reason is, they may not  know what to ask about, besides price. And when safety and structural integrity Read More

Questions You’ve Been Asking

February 16th, 2017 / Bill Anderson / Comments Off on Questions You’ve Been Asking

Here are two questions people keep asking us: 1. It looks like many homeowners are getting solar systems with storage or battery backup. Our system doesn’t have batteries. Can we add them now? Adding batteries to most existing systems is no problem. The configuration we’d likely use is called AC Coupling, and it’s fully compatible with all Read More

How would you feel getting electricity for the first time ever?

December 13th, 2016 / Bill Anderson / Comments Off on How would you feel getting electricity for the first time ever?

You’d probably feel as happy as these residents of Lingshed, India, high up in the Himalaya Mountains, where electric grids can’t reach. Engineers volunteering for the IEEE’s Smart Village project installed off-grid solar arrays with battery backup, providing dependable electricity around the clock, day in and day out. What works at the top of the Read More

Get ready for more WV snowfall (and more outages) this winter

November 1st, 2016 / Bill Anderson / Comments Off on Get ready for more WV snowfall (and more outages) this winter

    Meteorologists are predicting a colder, snowier 2016-2017 winter, thanks to a weakened La Nina. According to thewinterforecast.com La Nina is here but it’s on the weaker side as of September. We see this weak La Nina to peak now but get a second burst in December and January before moving to a neutral Read More

Don’t let power outages ground your business

August 18th, 2016 / Bill Anderson / Comments Off on Don’t let power outages ground your business

You may not have heard what caused last week’s Delta Airlines computer shutdown that grounded 15,000 flights and stranded hundreds of thousands of travelers worldwide for more than 24 hours. It was a local power outage in the part of Atlanta where Delta is headquartered. There’s a lesson for businesses of all sizes in this: You Read More

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