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  1. Pros and Cons of Solar Tracking

    Added by Adam Diehl on 02/15/2015

    Recently I have noticed that there has been a significant increase in interest in solar trackers.  I would like to take some time here t


  2. Estimating Solar Energy

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 02/14/2015

      Estimating Solar Energy There are numerous tools available to homeowners, installers and developers to estimate the am


  3. Hacia adonde va el mercado fotovoltaico Mexicano

    Added by Isidro Braun on 02/08/2015

    Son varios los factores que hacen interesante el mercado de energía solar mexicano para los profesionales del sector.


  4. Rail-Free Mounting System

    Added by Adam Diehl on 01/28/2015

      The prospect of having a PV mounting support system without mounting rails is nothing new.  Previously it involved having a ra


  5. How to Best Use the IronRidge Design Configurator with North South Rails

    Added by Brian Hansen on 01/15/2015

      The IronRidge configurator automatically assumes that all rails in a given project run E/W.


  6. Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings - NEC 2014: Article 690.12

    Added by Adam Diehl on 01/05/2015

      NEC 2014: Article 690.12 “Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings” There were several changes to the 2014 NEC code t


  7. Reviewing your Order for Completeness

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 12/30/2014

    It’s late in the day and you’re close to finishing up installing the rooftop array.  You only have four more modules left and then you’r


  8. Landscape Orientation

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 12/18/2014

      Residential PV system designs sometimes require installing modules in landscape orientation.  Usually this is due to constrain


  9. AC-coupling Design

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 12/09/2014

    One of the main considerations to AC-coupling design is the ratio between the Grid-Tie inverter (GTI) and the Battery-Based inverter (BB


  10. Solar Tax Credit Landscape of Louisiana

    Added by Conor Walsh on 12/09/2014

    State and federal tax credits play a large role in the proliferation of solar PV in the US.  State tax credits vary widely by state from


  11. Supply Side Tap

    Added by Adam Diehl on 12/09/2014

    A supply side tap is a connection that is made to the busbars or conductors on the line or utility side of the main service disconnect.


  12. AC or DC Coupled - What?

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 11/28/2014

      It seems like a small amount of confusion exists about photovoltaic systems utilizing battery backup features.  What’s the con


  13. What we are greatful for in solar in 2014

    Added by Stuart Fox on 11/26/2014

    Thanksgiving has become more about Black Friday than what we are thankful.  Before we all fly, drive, walk or sky to celebrate Thanksgiv


  14. The 120% Rule - “What is it and why it is important?”

    Added by Adam Diehl on 11/19/2014

    When it comes to designing a PV system for any residential or even commercial system the limit to how much a building or structure can h


  15. Battery Sizing Tool Video Part 1

    Added by Brian Hansen on 11/15/2014

    How does one correctly size a battery bank in an off grid solar application? A good first step would be to watch this video and


  16. Inverters in AC-Coupled Systems

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 11/10/2014

    The gaining popularity of AC-coupled PV systems brings to light a subtle, yet key difference between the two types of inverters used in


  17. Microgrid Regulatory Policy in the US

    Added by Conor Walsh on 11/10/2014

      Our nation’s electric grid is currently characterized by large centralized generators supplying the majority of demand through


  18. Grid Connections- 240V High Leg Delta

    Added by Stuart Fox on 10/26/2014

      The North American electrical grid hasn’t changed much over the years, but it does contain a wide range of voltages and config


  19. Going Off-Grid with Solar Volume 2

    Added by Adam Diehl on 10/19/2014

    Volume 2 - SOLAR OFF-GRID BASICS Introduction In this installment of “Going Off-Grid with Solar” we ar


  20. Dual MPPT Inverters

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 10/08/2014

    When I first became aware of dual MPPT inverters I asked myself, "Self, why didn't you think of that?"  This simple,


  21. Continued Evolution of Power Conversion

    Added by Stuart Fox on 10/08/2014

    As the solar industry looks for new ways to increase efficiency and drive down cost, inverters have gone from the relatively simple to d


  22. Solectria - Array Oversizing

    Added by Stuart Fox on 10/05/2014

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


  23. Going Off-Grid with Solar

    Added by Adam Diehl on 09/19/2014

    Volume 1 - SOLAR OFF-GRID BASICS Introduction Over the next few months I will discuss with you the top


  24. Two Mobile Apps to Get Things Done and Reduce Paper Waste

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 09/18/2014

    I am totally psyched with useful tools, especially those that come in the form of mobile apps.


  25. Growing Solar Market in Mexico

    Added by Charlie Seltzer on 09/02/2014

    ¿Vamos pa’ México?   Several factors make the Mexican solar market exciting to solar professionals.