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How software services can ease downturn effects on community solar

Successful community solar development requires harmonizing construction, financing, and subscriber acquisition and management. Digital management platforms can give developers the tools to precisely manage these aspects and get the most out of their projects.

Catching up on the Elon Musk-Tesla-SolarCity acquisition case

Whether it be for a groundbreaking SpaceX launch or a contentious tweet, Tesla CEO Elon Musk finds himself in the news quite often. Yet, one story that has flown under the radar by the brash businessman’s standards has been going on for four years.

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The United States of utility territories: energy art appreciation corner with Colin Murchie

“Sometimes you get to make some beautiful s**t at work.”

The best way to RFP a solar project: don’t

Your company has decided that it’s time to go solar. A solar RFP might seem like the most logical way to go, but there are drawbacks that can lead to slower kick-off, lower quality work and financial underperformance. Here are some questions you should ask yourself to avoid these pitfalls.

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Keeping solar project development on-track amid Covid-19

At the onset of Covid-19, the executive leadership team at Rosendin developed a plan of action to tackle the changing business atmosphere. By committing to that plan, the company has been able to adapt to the ‘new norm’ and keep projects on track.

Renewable energy and the free market economy

How the heavy-handed federal government is straying from its free market ideals and slowing down the renewable energy industry. Take FERC’s recent mandated Minimum Offer Price Rule (MOPR) in the PJM market, for example.

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Permitting utility-scale battery energy storage projects: lessons from California

There are three distinct permitting regimes that apply in developing battery energy storage projects, depending upon the owner, developer, and location of the project.

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Covid-19 made my solar panel installation business stronger

Last month was the biggest sales month in our history. Here are three lessons I’ve learned.

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Solar panel recycling: Turning ticking time bombs into opportunities

With the average lifespan of a solar panel at roughly 20 years, installations from the early 2000s are set to reach end-of-life. Will they end up in landfill or be recycled? The cost of recycling is higher than landfill, and the value of recovered materials is smaller than the original, so there’s limited interest in recycling. But given the presence of heavy metals, if waste is managed poorly, we’re on track for another recycling crisis.

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Three signs that battery energy storage is mainstream today

With the inclusion of battery energy storage into new building codes and safety standards, it’s obvious just how mainstream storage is today.

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