The average price of solar photovoltaic (electric) systems in Southwest Florida has continued to drop steadily for the last two years, and local prices are lower than national averages for both residential and non-residential systems. According the the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) U.S. Solar Market Insight Report for Q2, 2012, the average price of a residential solar electric system dropped to $5.46 per watt. Larger non-residential systems averaged $4.38 per watt. The comparatively lower prices in our local market result partially from lower than average labor costs and stiff competition, but the numbers are skewed in a way because some leasing companies in otherRead More →

Today I saw quite a few interesting products that can be applicable to our market in Southwest Florida. Here are a few highlights. Canadian Solar is coming out with a three-phase AC solar module with a microinverter integrated. Release is expected in January 2013 pending UL listing. This could greatly simplify commercial installations. QuickMount PV has a great looking roof flashing for small conduit up to 1″. This will be great for bringing PV wires into the attic. Exeltech has a true AC PV module with the inverter completely replacing the junction box. The cabling solution allows varying distance between modules. A company right downRead More →

Under the mantra, “what happens at SPI stays at SPI,” I’ll just say that the SPI Block Party was fantastic. I left with the obligatory swag, most notably my competing orange and white Enphase and SMA sunglasses. Let the micro inverter battles begin! Now it’s time to go see some bleary eyed exhibitors and learn what’s new.