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  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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?


  • Permitting and Interconnection for Every Solar Installation

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 04/09/2015

    Whether you’re a homeowner, entering the solar integrator business, or are a seasoned professional, you’ll be dealing with permitting an


  • Unirac SolarMount Racking

    Added by Adam Diehl on 04/09/2015

    In this week’s article I am reviewing Unirac’s recent advancements in their SolarMount racking products. In an ever growing rack


  • Interconnection Approval Process

    Added by Conor Walsh on 04/08/2015

    The majority of solar installations in the US are grid-tied.  This arrangement allows homeowners and commercial tenants to seamlessly pu


  • Troubleshooting Ground Faults for Solar

    Added by Adam Diehl on 03/25/2015

    Troubleshooting ground faults is simple.  Just remember to use proper safety procedures and equipment when performing these tasks.  This


  • How to prevent havoc caused by squirrels to your solar array

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 03/25/2015

    Your PV system was installed two years ago and everything has been perfect.  You’ve been reaping the rewards of solar power for some tim


  • 2015 Solar Eclipse - A Preview of What's to Come?

    Added by Conor Walsh on 03/25/2015

    Shadows of doubt were cast over much of Europe last week as a large portion of the continent experienced a partial solar eclipse.  Despi


  • The Current State of PACE (Property Assessment Clean Energy)

    Added by Charlie Seltzer on 03/15/2015

      The emergence of the PPA and access to financing has been a game changer for the solar industry.


  • Installing Mounting Feet and Brackets for PV

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 03/10/2015

    The installation of mounting feet / brackets for PV racking systems on asphalt shingle roofs has come a long way over the years.  Change


  • Energy Storage and Rate Recovery

    Added by Conor Walsh on 03/10/2015

    Energy Storage Frameworks to Accommodate High Levels of Solar Penetration While Addressing Inadequate Rate Recovery Energy stora


  • Going Off Grid - It is a Lifestyle Choice

    Added by Adam Diehl on 03/01/2015

    In previous articles about off-grid photovoltaic (PV) systems I have touched on many of the technical aspects of sizing the system and c