☀️ Solar Energy Link List ☀️

I orginally made this list for myself (baby diy developer), as a folder full of bookmarks was becoming unruly. A lot of these links are going to be specific to the US or the Midwest/Great Lakes area, but there should still be plenty of useful stuff no matter where you are in the world. Residential systems aren't really my wheelhouse and I personally am not a fan of batteries, but I've tried to add some good info for those interested.

General

DIYSolarPowerForum.com
Unbound Solar - Detailed DIY Guide
How to Install Ground-Mounted Panels
Down to Earth Homesteaders - Solar Guide
DIY OffGrid Solar - Great Youtube Video
SolarInsure - Insurance for Residential & Providers

Calculators & Design Tools

PVWatts Calculator
System Advisor Model (SAM)
SolarEdge Designer
Solar Project Builder - Solar Finance Simulator
IronRidge Design Assistant
Lyra - Design Tool & Permit Packages
Optimal Tilt Angle Calculator
Roof Pitch Calculator - DEAD?
Sun Position Calculator
NOAA Solar Calculator
Useful Forms and Worksheets

System Design

Unbound Solar - String Sizing
NEC 310.15 Ampacity Temp Chart
Fuses Explained - For Battery Systems

Regulations

Solar ABCs
NEC Youtube
OSHA Regulations
Fire Codes
International Building Codes
CFR Wage Rate and Apprentice Regs

Projects & Events

MREA Energy Fair - Custer, WI
Grow Solar - Group Buys in IL, WI

Publications

Tracking the Sun - Berkeley Lab Yearly Report
Solar Bulder - News & Yearly Buyers Guides
Solar Power World - News
list.solar - News & Manu Directory?

Info for Residential

Planning a Home System
EnergySage - Get Quotes
PPA's Explained
PPA vs Solar Lease
Solar Lease Pros and Cons

Info for State & Schools

Energy.gov State and Local Solution Center
Energy.gov State Energy Program

Education

Free & Self-Study

The Engineering Mindset - Electric & HVAC

NABCEP Aprroved

IronRidge FREE Courses
heatspring - All Clean Energy Certs
MREA Courses
CareerSafe - OSHA 10

Jobs & Careers

solarenergy.jobs
jobs.nabcep.gov

Data

NREL Photovoltaic Research
IREC Interstate Renewable Energy Council
SEIA Solar Energy Industries Association
National Weather Service
US Energy Info Administration
EIA Interactive Infrastructure Map
USDA GeoSpacial Data Gateway - Topo and Soil Info
Energy Community Map
Poverty Area Map
SAM.gov Wage Determinations
SolarDat UOregon SunChart Program - DEAD?

Funding

Tax Rebates & Gov Grants

DSIRE Database
How to Apply for USDA REAP Grant
Federal Credit for Business - Detailed, PTCvsITC, Bonuses
PACE - Commercial/Residential Funding
Commercial Energy Effeciency Deduction

Private Grants

DRK Foundation
Carolyn Foundation
Anderson Rogers Foundation
Beim Foundation

Investment Platforms

Raise Green - Fund and Get Funded
Great Lakes Impact Investment Platform(seems like bullshit)

Equipment Suppliers

General

Platt
Greentech
Baywa r.e. - Commercial Split-pay Financing
ShopSolar
sunwatts
Trinasolar - Panels, Batts, Tracking
Solar Pathfinder - Measurement Tool

Panels

CanadianSolar Factory Direct

Inverters

Inverter Supply
Soligent - Inverter Page
SolarHub - Inverter Page

Racking

IronRidge
Sunmodo
FlexRack - Fixed Ground & 1-Axis
Solar Foundations - Fixed Ground and Carports
APA Solar Tracking
K2 Systems - Roof-Mount
FTC Solar - 1-Axis Tracking & Software
Kern Solar Structures - Carports

Cable Management

CAB Solar
Gripple
Affordable Wire Management
Snake Tray

Recycling & End of Life

SolarRecycle.org