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The solar energy industry is at a turning point. When the team at Enphase Energy started looking at the last decade of innovation both within the company and in the industry as a whole, we noticed some larger trends that are reshaping the industry. Our conclusion: the next ten years will be radically different from the last ten years.

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By: Erica Mackie, GRID Alternatives

Ten years from now, what will it mean to think about energy? Will we be thinking about providing access to energy to the billions of people who have limited or no access to electricity? Will we be working on reducing the energy burden for people who live in energy inefficient homes and are paying up to a third or more of their take-home pay on energy costs?

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The Enphase AC Batteries will be rolled out in Australia and New Zealand in the coming weeks. Hear what one of our beta installation partners has to say about their experience.

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By Emily Kirsch, Co-Founder and CEO of Powerhouse

Solar has come a long way, and while still in its infancy, it’s growing up in a way scarcely imagined a decade ago. This year marks an inflection point, where solar will start being seen as part of a larger story of energy experiences. The integration of solar plus storage, smart home devices, energy management systems, and the smart grid will change the way energy is used in the future in ways that will be barely recognizable to us today.

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Solar inverter, microinverter, solar power, solar energy

By Martin Fornage, CTO, Enphase Energy

With recent news about the potential Tesla Motors takeover of SolarCity, there’s been a lot of discussion about whether they’ll design and manufacture inverters as part of the vertical integration strategy. Business strategy aside, it’s raised a number of questions about how similar or different inverters for solar plus storage are compared to inverters for electric vehicles.

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Solar is seizing its chance to break into schools through state-of-the-art classroom designs, which are built from the ground up to solve issues that have plagued schools for decades. American Modular Systems (AMS) is a manufacturer focused on bringing the construction of classrooms into the 21st century, and is leading the charge to eliminate not only common structural defects such as imperfect lighting, poor acoustics, but also maintenance issues that can lead to air quality-related health issues such as asthma. All those problems result in lost learning opportunities for children.

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By Nat Kreamer, President & Chief Executive Officer of Spruce

The rise of solar over the past 10 years, in the U.S. and many parts of the world, has been nothing short of phenomenal. What started as a niche technology has grown into a mainstream source of energy. Dramatic cost declines have led to an equally dramatic increase in the use of solar. We’ve seen the cost of solar panels go down more than 75% and the amount of solar deployment grow exponentially, in the neighborhood of 40X over the course of a decade. 

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As the costs of solar panels and other hardware drops as a result of relentless commoditization, reducing the soft costs associated with labor on PV installations is becoming more important than ever. It’s critical that installers look at every aspect of their jobsites to determine the areas that they can consolidate and reorganize to help individual team members become more efficient. These streamlined onsite operations will ultimately pay off in the form of faster installs and more revenue for them and their team.

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By Ulhas Subramaniam

When a homeowner is interested in solar, installers have a number of fantastic tools to help design, size, and prepare proposals for PV systems. With a few simple steps, vendors such as Sighten and Folsom Helioscope help contractors show the value and beauty of a potential solar system, aided by tools that generate beautiful proposals on potential savings, complete with mock-ups of the PV system on the customer’s own roof.

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