Solar Installation

These blog posts discuss tips and advice for those looking to install solar panels.

Home Builders Must be Solar Ready

Thu, 2017-06-15 12:35

There is a growing trend in new construction called “solar ready.” This phrase refers to viewing a home as an entire package and considering all of the building strategies, including rooftop solar, that would satisfy homeowner demand and result in a more durable, energy-efficient, and healthy home.

How to Install Solar Panels in Idaho

Thu, 2017-06-01 12:16

Last Updated: 2017-07-12 12:30

On July 1, 2017, the state of Idaho implemented the 2017 version of the National Electric Code (NEC), which sets the foundation for electrical safety in residential, commercial, and industrial occupations. Currently, only one other state has implemented the 2017 NEC code, though more states are expected to put its rules into effect this summer.

How to Install Solar Panels in Rhode Island

Tue, 2017-02-28 13:00

Last Updated: 2018-01-03 12:23

Licensing and certification requirements for solar installers vary by state. In some states, individuals are required to have an electrical contractor’s license. In other states, individuals can pursue a renewable energy designation without electrical experience.

If you want to begin learning about solar energy, visit our Introduction to Solar series.

Solar PV Requirements in 5 California Cities

Thu, 2016-06-16 11:10

Last Updated: 2017-04-19 12:48

California has long been known as the leader for solar energy. The state generates well over half of our country’s solar electric capacity, largely due to the sunshine it receives but also the community and governmental support that it receives.

If you want to help meet the demand for qualified solar panel installers, which will inevitably be driven by all this support, visit our Introduction to Solar series.

How to Get a Job in Solar

Tue, 2015-04-28 10:08

Last Updated: 2017-02-17 12:04

When people think about sustainability, one of the first images to come to mind is a technician putting solar panels on a house. Solar = sustainability. Sure, there are a wide range of jobs and activities that actually make up the sustainability industry, but by and large, many people think about solar. We commonly get live chats from people looking to break into the sustainability industry via a job as a solar panel installer, and they’re not really sure how to get started.

What Solar PV Installers Do

Thu, 2014-09-25 08:40

Last Updated: 2017-04-19 09:33

So you’re interested in becoming a solar installer. Awesome! But what does it actually mean to install solar? Let’s just say that it takes slightly more effort than hooking part A into part B and calling it a day.

A solar installer’s primary duties include the following tasks:

Streamlining Solar Through Permitting

Wed, 2013-12-18 09:52

When it comes to the cost of solar, there has been a lot of attention given to the falling cost of PV solar systems, which is driven mostly by PV module prices. As the hardware costs come down, reduction in “soft,” non-hardware costs requires a more focused effort. Non-hardware business process (or “soft”) costs currently account for well over 50% of the installed price of residential PV systems in recent U.S.

Solar Panels being utilized at the White House

Tue, 2013-12-17 12:43

History of Solar Panels on the White House

In June of 1979, President Jimmy Carter, an early advocate of energy-saving technology, installed 32 solar panels on the White House roof. The largely symbolic panels, which were used to heat water in the White House staff kitchen, were removed in 1986 during roof repairs made under the Reagan administration.

The American Workforce Adapts to the Solar PV Installation Industry

Fri, 2011-08-19 14:34

Within the last 5-10 years, the world has seen an exponential growth in the solar photovoltaic (PV) market. Production has ramped up in the U.S., Germany, China, and Japan and with that has come the demand for distributors, installers and educators. Although much of the growth in the sector can be attributed to utility-scale applications, we are seeing substantial numbers in the residential and commercial sector as well.

Beyond The Solar Panels

Mon, 2011-06-06 12:06

Sure, the solar panels are an important part of the system – perhaps the most important part. However, the job doesn’t end when you slide the last solar panel into the rack. In fact, the job is just beginning. Without proper converters, wiring, fuses ,and grounding devices, the solar panels will be ineffective at best, or dangerous at worst.

Below are other components of a solar system that you must consider during installation.