Solar

Tesla Solar Roof: Calculating ROI for Your Clients

By Jason Knott · May 30, 2017 • NYC integrator Cloud9 Smart Home does the math with clients regarding investing in a $21.85-per-square-foot Tesla Solar Roof.

Door-to-Door Sales: Vivint Solar Acquired by SunEdison for $2.2 Billion

By Julie Jacobson · July 20, 2015 • Having already sold its door-to-door home security and home automation business for $1.8 billion, Vivint is now selling its solar installation business to SunEdison for $2.2 billion. Is Vivint wireless broadband next?

Best Buy Strikes Deal with SolarCity

By Jason Knott · March 12, 2014 • Best Buy expands into photovoltaic business with a new deal with SolarCity, which will offer leased solar panel systems and installation in 60 Best Buy stores in five states.

The Pipe to Nowhere: When Solar was ‘The Big Selling Point’

By Julie Jacobson · March 7, 2014 • CE Pro editor Julie Jacobson guts her condo to find ‘future-proof’ pre-piping for solar.

Salamander Designs Goes Off the Grid

By Jason Knott · October 21, 2013 • Salamander Designs spends $450,000 to install solar panels on the roof of its Bloomfield, Conn., headquarters, taking the furniture and seating manufacturer off the grid.

Solar-Powered Smart Home Tests Energy Storage

By CE Pro Editors · January 25, 2013 • Los Alamos, N.M. project demonstrates solar storage and smart grid systems.

3 Proactive Opportunities in Electrical Services

By Aaron Stern · January 24, 2013 • Installing solar panel, EV charging stations and phantom power kill switches capitalizes on increasingly energy-conscious consumer behavior.

IBEW, NECA Endorse UL’s Solar Installer Certification

By Jason Knott · October 1, 2012 • The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and National Electrical Contractors Association will offer members Underwriter's Laboratories' hands-on $300 Photovoltaic (PV) Installer Certification program.

RoseWater’s Residential Energy Storage Hub a UPS on Steroids

By CE Pro Editors · August 29, 2012 • RoseWater Energy Group's Residential Energy Storage Hub, which can be tied to solar, wind or power generators, provides 10 kilowatts of power to selected circuits and 12 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy storage during power failure.

SolTerra Systems: Solar Business Up 100% in Year

By Jason Knott · August 28, 2012 • SolTerra Systems in Seattle and Portland, Ore. thrives on solar installs, specializes in highly profitable 3KW systems that are fully installed in three to four days.

Vivint Solar Brings Energy Solutions to Northern California

By Arlen Schweiger · July 31, 2012 • Vivint Solar is expanding its offerings to the progressive Bay Area, adding to solar services already in Massachusetts, New Jersey and Hawaii.

Rats, Squirrels, Birds Wreak Solar Panel Havoc

By Jason Knott · June 14, 2012 • Installation of mesh screens under rooftop panels to prevent rodents and birds from nesting and damaging connections.

Vivint Solar Brings Energy Management Services to Hawaii

By Rachel Cericola · June 1, 2012 • Vivint Solar is bringing its services to Hawaii, promising no upfront costs for designing, installing and maintaining a solar system.

Somfy Creates Solar-Powered WireFree Motorized Shades

By CE Pro Editors · October 26, 2011 • Somfy Systems' WireFree Solar Pack stores the sun’s power to prolong battery life on WireFree motorized window coverings.

Solar Power Market Set to Evaporate?

By Jason Knott · June 29, 2011 • Government subsidies that have propped up the solar industry are set to expire.

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