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  1. Fire rating of PV systems

    Added by Stuart Fox on 04/07/2014

    T he International Code Council (ICC) develops a family of building codes that pertain to photovoltaic (PV) installations.

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  2. Advantages of Distributed and Central Architectures in Solar

    Added by Michael Goldberg on 04/06/2014

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

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  3. Advanced Energy Inverter Offerings

    Added by Michael Goldberg on 03/27/2014

    Summary Transformerless string inverters afford a number of important advantages in commercial PB projects owing to their compact

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  4. Trade Rulings, Solar Module Prices, and You

    Added by Scott Mueller on 03/12/2014

    * CivicSolar does not advocate for either side.

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  5. Fire Departments' Views on Solar PV

    Added by Test Clone on 03/10/2014

    Part 1 of a training video by Captain Matt Paiss, of the San Jose, California, Fire Department.

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  6. Are Solar Panels Facing the Wrong Direction?

    Added by Elise Benoit on 11/21/2013

    New study finds that west-facing panels are far superior for cutting peak demand.

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  7. Assessing PV Module Reliability

    Added by Mike Lucini on 11/20/2013

    by Mike Lucini PV modules in the field are exposed to a host of trying environmental conditions.

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  8. Improve permitting in your community with Project Permit.

    Added by Elise Benoit on 11/06/2013

    From New Jersey to Missouri to California, solar installers seem to share one major complaint: permitting is a bear to deal with.  Obta

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  9. Word of the Week - Isolation Transformer

    Added by Elise Benoit on 11/03/2013

    Almost everyone is aware of the role a transformer plays in the electrical distribution network - electricity is distributed at relatively

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  10. Word of the Week - Depth of Discharge

    Added by Elise Benoit on 10/20/2013

    Depth of Discharge (DOD) is the amount of reduction of a battery's capacity from it's fully charged state.

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  11. Alternating Current PV Modules in the National Electrical Code

    Added by Elise Benoit on 10/20/2013

    By Jason Fisher The  National Electrical Code  defines an ac module as “a complete, environmentally protected unit consisting of sola

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  12. What Just Happened?

    Added by Julianna Eaton on 10/08/2013

    There is no shortage of monitoring features offered for your PV system, but what information is really important to coll

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  13. Word of the Week - Community Solar

    Added by Elise Benoit on 10/08/2013

    A solar-electric system that provides power and/or financial benefit to multiple community members within a geographic area.

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  14. PV Array Output at Various Tilts and Orientations

    Added by Alex O'Sullivan on 10/08/2013

    By  Justine Sanchez It has long been taught that a PV array tilted to an angle "equal to latitude" will yield clos

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  15. PV Array Output at Various Tilts and Orientations

    Added by Elise Benoit on 10/08/2013

    By  Justine Sanchez It has long been taught that a PV array tilted to an angle "equal to latitude" will yield cl

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  16. Word of the Week - Smart Grid

    Added by Elise Benoit on 09/24/2013

    While traditional electrical grids were designed to reliably deliver electricity from suppliers to consumers, “smart” electrical grids go

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  17. New Study Shows Solar Manufacturing Costs Not Driven Primarily by Labor

    Added by Elise Benoit on 09/23/2013

    Production scale, not lower labor costs, drives China’s current advantage in manufacturing photovoltaic (PV) solar energy systems, accor

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  18. Should Utilities Really Fear Solar?

    Added by Emmett Miranker on 09/23/2013

    The proliferation of residential and commercial photovoltaic (PV) energy systems is causing increased concern among the nation’s

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  19. Which Battery Technology works best for PV?

    Added by Natalie Maslow on 09/10/2013

    Which Battery Technology Works Best for PV?

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  20. Word of the Week - Distribution vs. Transmission Networks

    Added by Elise Benoit on 09/10/2013

    Transmission and Distribution are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are actually very different systems.

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  21. Installer Profile: Sound Solar Systems

    Added by Elise Benoit on 09/10/2013

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  22. Extend Your Reach with CivicSolar's Finance Solutions

    Added by Elise Benoit on 09/10/2013

    CivicSolar partners with leading finance providers to give installers and their customers access to competitive solar leases and loans.

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  23. Common PV Technologies - Features and Benefits

    Added by Nicholas Yeh on 08/28/2013

    Solar manufacturers offer a variety of PV modules.

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  24. Solar REIT Pioneers are Mining the Sun for "Good income"

    Added by Elise Benoit on 08/26/2013

    These solar REIT pioneers are mining the sun for "good income" Original Article by  Jared Wiedmeyer  for NREL

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  25. 8/27 Word of the Week

    Added by Elise Benoit on 08/26/2013

    Tax equity refers to the capital coming from an investor who gets a tax deduction for making the investment.

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