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  • Aluminum Vs. Copper

    Added by Adam Diehl on 10/05/2015

    Considering aluminum wiring for your PV installation?  It is widely known that the cost of copper is much greater than that of aluminum.


  • Using Aerial Imaging for Site Preparation

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 10/01/2015

    Solar integrators use all sorts of tools to complete the tasks that keep their businesses moving forward.  These include the obvious han


  • 50 States of Solar: North Carolina

    Added by Conor Walsh on 09/30/2015

    The solar market in North Carolina is by far one of the most active in both the Southeast region and the country.


  • Straightforward String Sizing

    Added by Brian Hansen on 09/20/2015

    When designing PV systems, it is essential to ensure that the voltage output of each series string is within the acceptable range for th


  • Evolution of Solar on Public Land

    Added by Conor Walsh on 09/16/2015

    Created in 1946 by President Truman, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) aims "to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity o


  • Understanding Maximum Power Points (MPP)

    Added by Brian Hansen on 09/07/2015

    Designing systems so that panels operate as closely as possible to their Maximum Power Point is critical to maximizing the performance o


  • Why is Energy Storage Such an Important Part of the Renewables Mix

    Added by Adam Diehl on 09/06/2015

    Energy storage has become a hot topic in the industry in the last couple of years, but what is it all about? To understand, lets


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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