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  1. Power Optimizer

    Added by Charlie Seltzer on 17 hours ago

    Why Use a Power Optimizer?


  2. To answer Question 2, you can

    Answered by on 6 days ago

    To answer Question 2, you can integrate a grid-tied inverter with an off-grid system through coupling the grid-tied inverter with storage.  One of our favorite componen


  3. PV Interconnection

    Added by Marco Casalegno on 6 days ago

    PV INTERCONNECTION   The majority of US residential and commercial PV systems are grid-interactive (or g


  4. Thanks for the information.

    Added by on 07/14/2014

    Thanks for the information. According to the Strategic Directions in the U.S.


  5. I currently have a small

    Answered by on 06/29/2014

    I currently have a small installation of Sharp 170W panels.


  6. SolarWorld Features & Benefits

    Added by Stuart Fox on 06/25/2014

          High-performance, Superior Quality, Made in America                                  As


  7. I have a xantrex Jazz Portable Power 300C I have lost my charger/ac adaptor wire. How/where can I find a replacement? Thanks

    Asked 06/02/2014

    I lost my wire that charges up the battery from my AC source (home).


  8. The first thing to consider,

    Answered by on 05/28/2014

    The first thing to consider, which Q Cells stresses, is that quality is the best warranty, and Q Cells's quality is really unsurpassed in the industry.


  9. Southern Solar, It seems

    Answered by on 05/28/2014

    Southern Solar, It seems like the answer, from a financial standpoint, is pretty straightforward: You simply change the degredation rate in your financial model an


  10. do I need to remove the blue cellophane wrapped on the flashing before installing under shingles and why or why not?

    Asked 05/27/2014

    I am installing solar on a shingle roof in florida, the flashing came wrapped in blue cellophane.


  11. Please

    Answered by on 05/23/2014

    Please see: Most lawn mower and small engine batteries are 12V.


  12. Is a Deka 10U1L battery 12 volt?

    Asked 05/23/2014

    I have a Deka 10U1L I am trying to charge.It does not indicate weather it is 6or12 volt.

    Question – 1 comment

  13. Value of Solar Tariff (VOST) law

    Added by Charlie Seltzer on 05/20/2014

    The solarcoaster continued its frenzied ride into 2014, powered by international commercial intrigue and a concerted anti-NEM effort from


  14. Solar as an Investment

    Added by Doug Faust on 05/19/2014

    Solar as an Investment An Analysis of Tools Employed to Evaluate the Financial Benefits of a Solar PV System


  15. No, there are no off grid

    Answered by on 05/06/2014

    No, there are no off grid micro-inverters on the market that I know of. That means to use them in an off grid system you have to create an AC coupled PV system. 


  16. 1) Completely different

    Answered by on 05/06/2014

    1) Completely different designs.


  17. Solectria - Array Oversizing

    Added by Stuart Fox on 04/30/2014

        Introduction PV system designers and developers are tasked with the important decision of selecting the


  18. Trade Rulings, Solar Module Prices, and You

    Added by Scott Mueller on 04/29/2014

    *CivicSolar does not advocate for either side.

    Article – 1 comment

  19. XR Rail Family - Tech Brief

    Added by Stuart Fox on 04/28/2014

      Solar Is Not Always Sunny Over their lifetime, solar panels experience countless extreme weat


  20. Please give more

    Answered by on 04/28/2014

    Please give more information. Is the inverter working at all?  Are there any error codes?


  21. Advantages of Distributed and Central Architectures in Solar

    Added by Michael Goldberg on 04/25/2014

    Executive Summary   Which is the better architecture in a photovoltaic (PV) array: distributed or central?


  22. Solectria Renewables FAQ

    Added by Stuart Fox on 04/24/2014

      I want to use lugs with a termination rating of 90°C. Why doesn't Solectria offer them?


  23. How can you best quantify the financial value of a module with a better warranty?

    Asked 04/23/2014

    I see that the QCells solar modules have a better warranty than other manufacturers.

    Question – 2 comments

  24. why does the solar edge inverter go to night mode?

    Asked 04/20/2014

    We installed solar edge inverter with optimizers,the system was wired wrong by one of our "fng's".the inverter was going be

    Question – 1 comment

  25. Clouds will affect the

    Answered by on 04/17/2014

    Clouds will affect the performance of your photovoltaic modules, which in turn will affect the performance of the inverter.  If the sun is not shining on your modules t