Top Questions Before The Solar Installation: Part 1

The decision to switch to solar power involves many choices.  We always encourage homeowners to do their research and due diligence before signing a contract – as well as obtaining quotes from at least 3 solar installers.  Taking the time to make the decision will save you stress and worry, and lead you to […]

5 Important Site Characteristics for a PV Solar System

You want to get solar for your home but have no idea where it should go? Ideal locations for a home PV Solar System can often vary from site to site. As part of the PV process, most installers conduct a site assessment which allows them to analyze and examine your site and potential […]

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PV 101 | How Will A Solar Installation Affect My Roof?

As a PV solar installer in New Mexico, we have come to understand the challenges of roof top solar installations.  As an important component in the solar site analysis, we identify and evaluate several characteristics, such as (but not limited to):  roof drainage, […]

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Your Tough Solar Questions Answered

When making an investment in a solar PV system, there are several key questions to ask your installer.  With the Solar Industry growing at a rapid rate, and with so many companies and contractors vying for your business,

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Old School Solar PV Equipment [Video]!

We discovered solar treasure!  During our recent move, we unearthed some interesting pieces of Solar PV history, as well as our own history at PPC Solar…  This was groundbreaking in the 70’s!  Now it’s a cool testimony to where we come from, and how long we have been in business.  Please share – and […]

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Pic of The Week: National Shout Out For Solar!

We love America.  We love Solar!  We love that our kids love Solar!  Today is National Shout Out For Solar Day, sponsored by SEIA and the America Supports Solar campaign.

When all of the figures are in for 2013, solar – for the first time since the late 1980’s – is […]

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Utility Scale | UNM Solar Array Project

Case Study:  University of New Mexico, Klauer Campus | Taos, NM

The Taos campus was the first community college in the nation to be 100% powered by renewable solar energy in July 2009.

The Project

The 3.5 acre solar array contains 2,640 photovoltaic panels and generates 498 kilowatts of power […]

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Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Benefits

Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) is a growing area within the booming renewable energy industry. Research from NanoMarkets forecasts that the BIPV market is projected to surpass $11 billion by 2016.  Growing from 343 megawatts installed to 3.6 gigawatts installed by 2016.  That’s 3.6 billion watts!  According to an National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) technical report on BIPV, many stakeholders describe BIPV as a multifunctional product—one that acts as both a building material and a device that generates electricity (e.g., a solar shingle).

Most of the residential solar installations are Building Applied Photovoltaics (BAPV), meaning that the solar is a retrofit, added to the roof  after the structure is completed.  BIPV systems replace building elements instead of being applied over other elements.  In this case, we are speaking of carport arrays, and awnings designed to shade building structures.

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Commercial Solar Installation Video

Check out PPC Solar’s latest commercial installation timelapse video  –  13kW in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.

 

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PV 101: How To Calculate Electrical Loads for Solar

In the last PV 101 Installment we discussed the basic principles of photovoltaics (PV) and modules.  When designing an optimal solar electric system for grid-tie or off-grid, the first step is determining daily average electricity usage or loads.  This article will review […]

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