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  • Impacts of High Solar Penetration on Wholesale Price Discovery

    Added by Conor Walsh on 08/21/2015

    High levels of solar PV penetration stand to upend electricity markets as we know them today.  In continuing our mini-series of “How Muc


  • String Layout for Shade Mitigation

    Added by Adam Diehl on 08/21/2015

    Shading within PV installations is sometimes unavoidable, so carefully planning around it is imperative in consideration of string sizin


  • Understanding Wire Managment

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 08/11/2015

      One of the most important tasks when installing a PV system is wire management.  This task is sometimes overlooked by installe


  • Heat Rise In Various Racking Methods

    Added by Adam Diehl on 08/11/2015

    The biggest factor in how well a PV module will perform is heat dissipation.


  • Clean Power Plan Overview

    Added by Conor Walsh on 08/10/2015

    Last week President Obama, in conjunction with the EPA, introduced the final rule of the Clean Power Plan.


  • When do you need a Revenue Grade Meter?

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 07/27/2015

    Measuring AC energy delivered by a residential PV system can be broken into two main categories, revenue-grade and non-revenue grade.


  • When To Fuse, When not to Fuse?

    Added by Adam Diehl on 07/27/2015

    Determining when fuses are required at PV string outputs and when they are not is often not as clearly defined.  Here I will show how to


  • How Do We Value Solar?

    Added by Conor Walsh on 07/27/2015

    As net energy metering (NEM) caps across the country begin to approach their legislative quotas many states have no choice but to reeval


  • Role of Distributed Energy Storage in Increasing Installed Solar Capacity

    Added by Conor Walsh on 07/10/2015

    Falling energy storage costs and steadily increasing solar capacity stand to catalyze a paradigm shift from net metering to distributed


  • Preparing Your Roof for Solar

    Added by Adam Diehl on 07/09/2015

    Solar power isn't a perfect fit for every type of home.  A recent family adventure took me to the mountains of Kentucky where the u


  • Roof Load Considerations for PV Arrays

    Added by Adam Diehl on 06/22/2015

    Evaluating the ability of a roof to support solar modules requires assessing the condition and construction of the roof, calculating the


  • Specialty Distribution Panels for Battery-Based Systems

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 06/21/2015

    Specialty distribution panels for battery-based systems are well worth the minor additional upfront costs.


  • Future of the ITC

    Added by Conor Walsh on 06/19/2015

      Since the introduction of a solar investment tax credit (ITC) in 2006 the number of solar installations has grown by over 1,60


  • Residential Rapid Shutdown

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 06/04/2015

    As time passes, more and more states and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) will start to adopt NEC 2014.  Within this code cycle is


  • Choosing the Correct Charge Controller

    Added by Adam Diehl on 06/04/2015

    Selecting an efficient and properly designed charge controller is key to the longevity and efficiency of your entire battery based photo


  • SolarWorld 290W 60 Cell Mono Solar Module

    Added by Conor Walsh on 06/01/2015

    Launched in 1975 as Solar Technology International, SolarWorld has been leading an innovative charge in photovoltaics for 40 years.


  • Recent Developments to Renewable Portfolio Standards

    Added by Conor Walsh on 05/21/2015

    Although the federal government has yet to enact a sweeping renewable portfolio standard (RPS), individual states have continued their p


  • Documenting PV Design

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 05/21/2015

    The design of PV systems can be fairly simple as well as extremely complex.  No matter how difficult or easy, it is important to documen


  • Determining Module Inter-Row Spacing

    Added by Adam Diehl on 05/21/2015

    When designing a PV system that is tilted or ground mounted, determining the appropriate spacing between each row can be troublesome or


  • Using SolarEdge for Commercial Projects

    Added by Charlie Seltzer on 05/09/2015

    If an installer is contemplating using SolarEdge or not, most likely it is a residential system, and the big design decision is whether


  • Inverter String Design Calculation

    Added by Adam Diehl on 05/09/2015

    For many new to photovoltaic system design, determining the maximum number of modules per series string can seem straight forward, right


  • Conductor Sizing for Voltage Drop

    Added by Adam Diehl on 04/23/2015

      Conductor Sizing The simple formula that can help you quickly select the correct conductor size from a single phas


  • How Much Solar Can the Grid Handle?

    Added by Conor Walsh on 04/23/2015

    There are many reasons to promote the spread of solar; decreased dependence on volatile fuel commodities, minimal operational costs and


  • Monitoring a PV System

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 04/22/2015

    So, you’ve invested in your dream PV system.   It’s been months since you signed the contract with your installer and there have been a


  • Sunpreme to lead the solar rooftop revolution

    Added by Guillaume Casanova on 04/20/2015

    Did you know that in less than 15 seconds, the sun provides as much energy to Earth as what humankind needs for a day?