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Apr 9th 2013

Greater Opportunities Exist for Solar in Building Construction

While the solar industry continues to grow rapidly in the US and abroad, only a small percentage of non-residential projects include PV installations. However, the potential for commercial, municipal and industrial  building construction to incorporate renewable energy systems has never been greater. To date, the approach has been for the architect /engineer on the design team to provide an allowance for the solar only, with an intent to follow the normal design-build approach using the same perspective, approach and financial […] Read More »

Jan 21st 2013

Solar Engineering PV Lessons Learned And Improved Opportunities

In the drive towards achieving grid parity for solar power, soft costs will continue to trend downward, but often they can add value and yield reduced costs and improved performance. Typically soft costs such as engineering, can equate to pennies per Watt and equate to a very small percentage of construction. Subsequently, a design that fails to be efficient, or a process that does not incorporate engineering input at the onset, or causes construction change orders, can negatively impact the […] Read More »