The Next Solar Boom

The passage of the legislation, known as the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), already has industry
professionals buzzing about the potential for another Solar Boom. For those of you who have been in the
the industry long enough to remember the years following the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act,
the rapid growth and expansion of the solar industry in the years following is something to be excited

However, it is also wise to remember the pitfalls and lessons learned during these rapid years of industry
expansion. Otherwise, some may experience the finical fallout many companies endured from this time.
Here is a list of Gordian Energy’s Top Three suggestions to make sure you do not fall victim to the errors
of the past.

Pick Reliable Partners and Experienced Firms

With the increase in government spending in renewables, there is potential corruption and greed will
sink its teeth back into our industry as it did in the past. Cash grabbing from other industries trying to
break into our market will lead to a new generation of renewable energy companies. Ensure that
your EPC, Developer, and Design Partners have the experience to back up their claims. Make sure their
staff is knowledgeable and well vetting in their industry roles.

Pick Partners with the Required Professional Licenses and Insurance

All EPC partners should have the required business licenses, electrical licenses, manufacturer
certifications, and NABCEP certifications to design and build your project. With the Inflation Reduction
Act’s additional requirements for prevailing wage designations become even more paramount to
ensure successful project completion.

Use Vetted and Reliable Technologies

Unlike the Solar Boom of the early 2010s, our industry now has enough data and analytics to know who
can live up to the performance and reliability standards of our production models. We have all seen which
technologies work and can deliver on their promises. Although innovation and new technology should
continue to be researched, developed, and deployed; it is important to use enough trusted technology
partners not to destroy your project’s bottom line.

Solar’s Constantly Changing Technology

Many solar industry professionals with over ten years of experience have seen massive technology changes over the last decade. As many systems are now reaching tenure, we have a unique opportunity to look back at these older technologies and see how far we have come. Here are Gordian Energy’s Top Five Technology Changes over the last decade.

#5: Storage

Storage technologies have allowed us to offset peak hour demand and will be a driving force in the industry’s continued innovation.

#4: Community Solar Gardens

Adaptation to different markets’ ability to support NET Metering and customer-owned generation infrastructure has shaped legislation around the country. This delivers an ever-expanding opportunity to reach more customers with renewable technology options.

#3: DC System Voltages (600 volt to 1500 volt)

Our industry has supplied the greatest number of significant changes to the National Electric Code in a decade. Our innovation in using higher DC voltages to increase system performance has had a rippling effect across North America’s entire electrical industry.

#2: Inverters:

From central, string, and micro-inverters. Advancements in inverter technologies have allowed us to value engineer systems and increase system efficiencies.

#1: Modules:

Increases in wattage and global manufacturing have been the driving force in revolutionizing the industry. Experimentation with a thin film, cylindrical, and bifacial technologies, as well as advancements in material sciences, have allowed the industry almost to double our outputs.

Don’t let solar supply chain issues delay your project!

Global supply chain issues continue to present challenges to the Solar Industry. The Industry’s unique financing and operational milestone structure have made these supply chain issues distinctly harmful to successful project deployment.  The major component delays of modules, inverters, and switchgears are complicated now by pressure being felt on the balance of system components as well.  Gordian Energy Systems can assist in overcoming these challenges by clustering projects and engineering uniformed designs. This approach allows us to increase the purchasing power of the portfolio, reduce the balance of system costs, and better negotiate scheduling.