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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8 M A R C H / A P R I L 2 0 1 8 S olar Power Northeast in Boston is the first solar industry conference in this post #TrumpTariffs world, and the col- lective mood of the room seemed to be "Eh. Could have been worse." A speed bump rather than a brick wall. This isn't to downplay the realness of the job losses or price increases that will most definitely be felt, but to note that just the whole thing being over seemed to lift a burden off everyone. Setting the tone for the event in the opening session was a CEO panel moderated by Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA, that included Costa Nicolaou, CEO of PanelClaw (with a C&I perspective), Zaid Ashai, CEO of Nexamp (speaking to C&I and community solar), and Sara Ross, CEO of Sungage Financial (talking about residential). Each CEO seemed pretty optimistic about what the future was going to hold, beyond the tariff obstacle. And the overarching reason, to our ears, is solar is a way more established, mature, proven industry than even three years ago, and therefore better equipped to handle speed bumps like this. 1. Commercial and industrial segment approaching a boom PanelClaw, Nicolaou says, had its foot on the gas in 2017, froze hiring as soon as the trade case was filed and is now looking at a "flatish" 2018, but he was the most bullish about the future. One CEOs believe a more mature solar market is ready to weather the Trump Tariff By Chris Crowell SCENE ON THE 3 Points of Post-Tariff Positivity Setting the tone at Solar Power Northeast was a CEO panel. From left: Zaid Ashai, CEO of Nexamp; Sara Ross, CEO of Sungage Financial; Costa Nicolaou, CEO of PanelClaw; and Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of SEIA.

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