09 Jul '12, 6pm

This clever system for rooftop #solar can help reduce installation costs by more than half #green

This clever system for rooftop #solar can help reduce installation costs by more than half #green

Making Large-Scale Solar Rooftop Deployment Possible Over the past few decades, the cost of solar panels has dropped so much that factors that used to be kind of afterthoughts are now becoming very significant. In some commercial rooftop projects, the panels themselves are now less than half of the total cost, with the rest going to installation, power electronics, etc. This means that we're now at the point where figuring out an easier and quicker way to install the panels can provide bigger benefits than a new cheaper/more efficient solar panel technology. Thankfully, there are some nice low-hanging fruits to be harvested there, since a lot of rooftop solar panel installation so has been kind of ad hoc and sub-optimized. © Solon As has been shown in other industries, a lot of efficiency can be gained from standardization, integrating and simplifying processes (f.ex. what...

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