Is The “Value Of Solar” Rate A Fair Deal For Consumers?

Written by Bruce Stenman on April 08, 2013

This letter was written in response to ‘The 'Value Of Solar' Rate: Designing An Improved Residential Solar Tariff,’ which was published in the February 2013 issue of Solar Industry. To The Editor: I was surprised to see such a power-plant-biased [Read More]

Inverter Still Humming?

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Written by Jessica Lillian on March 18, 2013

This month's cover story takes an in-depth look at module testing and its role in product reliability – an important aspect of project performance. But even the most durable, trustworthy module in the world is rendered useless in the field [Read More]

The Racking Factor

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Written by Jessica Lillian on February 21, 2013

The February issue's cover story is our first residential-scale solar power market report – a comprehensive look at an important industry segment. The article outlines five keys for growth in the residential solar market. Of course, the installers and other [Read More]

No Easy Answers Yet

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Written by Jessica Lillian on January 02, 2013

Last January's Sun Dial column posed a series of vital questions that the industry hoped to see answered over the course of the year. At the time, we promised to revisit all of these questions in January 2013 as a [Read More]

Solar After The Storm

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Written by Jessica Lillian on December 04, 2012

While most solar arrays here on the East Coast (including the 24 kW ground-mounted system at the Solar Industry offices) proved to be physically resilient when Superstorm Sandy came barreling through in late October, these largely grid-tied systems were unable [Read More]

A ‘Blue-Collar’ Solar Workforce

Written by Trini Shrinarine on November 27, 2012

The North American Board of Energy Practitioners' (NABCEP) PV Installer (PVI) certification is becoming an unattainable goal, and therefore, the solar sector is suffering. The wide scope of this test is unnecessary and lags behind current industry growth. Also, NABCEP [Read More]

Keep Them Honest

Posted by SI Staff on November 02, 2012

COMMENT OF THE MONTH: This reader comment was posted in response to ‘SolarCity Reveals Details Of Treasury Investigation In Pre-IPO Documents,’ published on Oct. 8. Re: SolarCity Reveals Details Of Treasury Investigation In Pre-IPO Documents Look, guys, what this is [Read More]

Staying Scam-Free

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Written by Jessica Lillian on October 01, 2012

A former president and some new robots zipping around their tracks on the exhibit floor ranked among the attention-grabbing highlights for many attendees at Solar Power International (SPI) last month in Orlando, Fla. Unlike at last year's SPI, when SolarWorld's [Read More]

No Roof? No Problem!

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Written by Jessica Lillian on September 01, 2012

‘Traditional’ residential PV – which, in most cases, involves a privately owned house's rooftop – is alive and well in the U.S. In fact, in 2011, these types of installations grew by 24% on a capacity basis, according to a [Read More]

Move Beyond Incentives

Written by Kerry T. Kalarney on July 23, 2012

The following letter was submitted in response to ‘A Different Trade Tactic,’ published in the June 2012 issue of Solar Industry. To The Editor: Did someone notice that the [anti-dumping] penalty happened to coincide with the investment tax credit (ITC) [Read More]