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  1. 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

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  2. Make Solar Stronger - IronRidge

    Added by Stuart Fox on 03/30/2014

      Make Solar Stonger IronRidge pit our XR rails against the competition by driving a 9,000 lb

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  3. FAQ Integrated Grounding & Flash Foot

    Added by Stuart Fox on 03/28/2014

           Integrated Grounding FAQ Is UL 2703 a new standard?

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  4. IronRidge Training Videos

    Added by Stuart Fox on 03/03/2014

        Training Videos IronRidge trainer shows how to install different IronRidge systems in these short how-to vid

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  5. Professional Solar Products FAQ

    Added by Stuart Fox on 03/02/2014

    ProSolar is one of the many suppliers that partners with CivicSolar to bring its product offerings to our customers.

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  6. What are the major roof types for installing solar?

    Added by Onur Turna on 01/03/2012

    As long as there is enough space and enough access to the sun, solar panels can be installed on just about any roof.

    Article – 5 comments

  7. How to find rafters on a roof for a solar installation

    Added by Onur Turna on 01/02/2012

    Safety Note:  Whenever working on a roof, use adequate fall protection.  An essential part of installing PV racking

    Article – 1 comment

  8. How do you space a ground-mounted array?

    Added by Phil Green on 12/19/2011

    Here are some  pointers for a well designed ground-mounted array.

    Article – 1 comment

  9. Solar Power for Charging The Electric Car

    Added by Phil Green on 10/21/2011

    Many people forget that most electric cars are recharged by plugging into an electric grid which is customarily fueled by coal, nukes or o

    Article – 2 comments

  10. Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SREC)

    Added by Camilla Jacks on 10/13/2011

    In a grid-tied Solar PV System unused energy can be sent back to the utility at the grid connection. Solar PV system owners receive utilit

    Article – 4 comments

  11. Balance of System (BOS) for Solar PV

    Added by Guest on 10/10/2011

    A Solar PV Balance-of-System or BOS refers to the components and equipment that move DC energy produced by solar panels through the conver

    Article – 1 comment

  12. Microinverter Application for Off-Grid PV Systems

    Added by Guest on 10/06/2011

    Approximately 5%-30% of collected energy is lost or wasted while an inverter converts DC power from solar PV to AC power. Inverter efficie

    Article – 5 comments

  13. Solyndra’s Bankruptcy and the Future of US Solar Manufacturing

    Added by New Contact on 09/26/2011

    On August 31, 2011, American solar module manufacturer, Solyndra announced bankruptcy.

    Article – 1 comment

  14. Pros and Cons of Battery Backup PV Systems

    Added by Guest on 09/14/2011

    Since PV systems produce electricity directly from sunlight and maximize the efficiency of energy collection, it may seem like adding or c

    Article – 1 comment

  15. How To Choose An Electrical Circuit Breaker

    Added by Romain Mirouse on 08/19/2011

    What is a circuit breaker?

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  16. Solar Panel Cleaning

    Added by Kevin Tai on 07/29/2011

    When it comes to keeping your solar panels clean, the most asked questions are why, how, and how often?  Why keep solar panels clean?

    Article – 9 comments

  17. Standing Seam Metal Roof Application

    Added by Ken Crawley on 07/06/2011

    I rebuilt my roof for 150 MPH winds, or for the zombie-near miss tornado.  It is 22 gauge steel, white color with 85% reflectance.  The se

    Article – 9 comments

  18. Calculation of Array Tilt Angle based on Time Of Use (TOU)

    Added by Brian Hansen on 06/06/2011

    To determine the ideal tilt for your application, the following information is needed: whether you're optimizing your arra

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  19. Galvanic Corrosion and Protection in Solar PV Installations

    Added by Levent Bas on 05/16/2011

    What is galvanic corrosion?

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  20. Technical Support Contacts of Solar Manufacturers

    Added by Levent Bas on 03/29/2011

    Below is a list of direct technical support contact telephone numbers of the solar panel, inverter, charge controller, battery and racking

    Article – 2 comments

  21. What components does a Solar PV system require?

    Added by Levent Bas on 01/21/2011

    Solar photo-voltaic systems do not only consist of solar modules and inverters.

    Article – 3 comments

  22. Electric Cargo Bikes Powered by a Solar Charging Station

    Added by Stuart Fox on 12/04/2010

    Here's an experiment put together by the staff at CivicSolar in San Francisco and Splendid Cycles in Portland, OR.

    Article – 3 comments

  23. RV and Marine Solar PV Systems with Batteries

    Added by Levent Bas on 11/15/2010

    Installing solar PV modules on an RV has become very popular among American and Canadian families in recent years - with the objective of

    Article – 4 comments

  24. Solar PV Racking Options - Comparison Chart

    Added by Levent Bas on 10/12/2010

    Racking and mounting can often be the most complicated portion of a solar PV system installation.

    Article – 2 comments

  25. Design Your Own Solar PV System

    Added by Levent Bas on 09/29/2010

    A solar project smaller than 2.5 kW takes only a few days to design and install.

    Article – 5 comments