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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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By Robin Chen

A modular and smart energy storage system with no high voltage DC, requiring minimal effort to install: This is the vision we unveiled for the Enphase Storage System. With alpha and beta sites going up across Australia this year and the product’s launch just around the corner, we are now delivering on our promise.

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By Olivia Smith

Neil and Elisabeth Duncan have been in love with their solar system since getting it installed six years ago onto their vintage red cottage in Balmain, Sydney. With a popular bed and breakfast running from their apartment upstairs, there is always someone home using the freshly generated solar from the eighteen-panel system.

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By Olivia Smith

The Captain of Collingwood Football Club, Scott Pendlebury, has chosen Enphase for the recent installation of solar PV at his fitness facility, Progression Fitness Club (PFC) in Melbourne, Australia. The rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) system, to be expanded with the Enphase Storage System complete with the Enlighten™ software platform, will make PFC be one of Australia’s first fitness clubs to leverage the benefits solar and storage.

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