A solar PV system uses an array of panels to convert sunlight to a home’s electrical load, exporting any excess energy produced from the system to the utility’s grid infrastructure.Read more
As states and jurisdictions take actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, many localities are considering ways to limit direct (from heating and cooling) and indirect (consumption of electricity by the building occupant) emissions from the building sector. One strategy for builders to consider is the integration or addition of solar photovoltaics (PV).
This toolkit is in process, and additional resources will be added on regularly in the coming months.
Did you know that enough energy from the sun hits the Earth every hour to power it for an entire year? The key is capturing that energy. This video from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) explains some basic concepts about how solar PV works.
If you are interested in a deeper dive into solar and current issues facing the industry, learn more below.
Is your jurisdiction considering mandating the use of solar for residential construction? Consider these examples of pros and cons for mandating solar, as well as potential questions to ask your local policymakers about key topics areas.Read more
A solar PV system can be a significant financial investment, but the number of available financing options has increased in recent years. Learn the advantages and disadvantages of loans, leases and power purchase agreements.Read more
A key aspect of installing solar PV involves connecting the system to the local utility grid, also known as interconnection. Learn more about the process and working with local utilities.Read more
If it’s not possible to add solar PV on a new build, providing a client with a solar PV ready roof can provide benefits at a later point in time.Read more
There are lots of solar resources available industrywide. Here is a list of a few you may find helpful.Read more