Solar Builder

MAR-APR 2018

Solar Builder focuses on the installation/construction of solar PV systems. We cover the latest PV technology (modules, mounting, inverters, storage, BOS) and equip installers/contractors with tips and tools to make informed purchasing decisions.

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T he main components of a solar system, at this point, have been figured out. Module efficiency is higher than ever, inverters are more reliable and it's tough to imagine more cost-effective and complete racking systems. So, what's next? Storage? Sure, that's coming at some point. Solar + storage + EV charg- ing stations will be as common as air conditioning, and we'll all be pushing buttons to create instant food like on the Jetsons . Heck, things will be so advanced, I'll even have a reference to replace the Jetsons . But in the meantime, the big opportunities for streamlining costs and improving lifetime system performance are in project modeling and monitoring. Finding, design- ing, pitching and selling systems in a streamlined way, and then extracting as much value out of that system as possible. Luckily, there is a ton of innovation already in these areas. We rounded up a few platforms and products that might add that extra value to your process or save that extra Valium by easing your pain. Monitor We round up the latest in customer service technology, from proposal generators to cloud payment suites 34 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 8 Model PRODUCTS TO WATCH &

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