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  1. why does the solar edge inverter go to night mode?

    Asked 2 days ago

    We installed solar edge inverter with optimizers,the system was wired wrong by one of our "fng's".the inverter was going be

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  2. Clouds will affect the

    Answered by on 6 days ago

    Clouds will affect the performance of your photovoltaic modules, which in turn will affect the performance of the inverter.  If the sun is not shining on your modules t

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  3. The main difference would be

    Answered by on 6 days ago

    The main difference would be the input voltage on the DC side and where it comes from.

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  4. The following link indicates

    Answered by on 04/08/2014

    The following link indicates that you can get the 30% credit under the personal tax credit for residential renewable energy tax credit: Personal Tax Credit Residential E

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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. Have a customer asking us to see if mfg. of panels has a certificate stating they are qualified to receive the fed. tax credit?

    Asked 04/03/2014

    Used ET panels, did a 9600 W grid tie installation, and now my customer wants all the info on how to apply for the federal tax credit.

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  8. Les, No. The output circuit

    Answered by on 04/02/2014

    Les, No. The output circuit of the Enphase inverters needs to be connected to a 2-pole, 240V breaker only.

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  9. what is the main design difference between a grid tied inverter and off grid inverter?

    Asked 03/31/2014

    1- What is the main difference between a grid tied inverter and an off grid inverter in respect of their internal design characteristic?

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  10. Hi, can i have micro-inverter configuration used for an off-grid with an string inverter backup solution?

    Asked 03/31/2014

    I will like to use a string of micro-inverters on a PV-array to deliver AC through a string inverter so that the battery bank attached to th

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  11. Can AC power from a micro-inverter into a string inverters AC input to charge batteries while excess powers home? How feasible?

    Asked 03/29/2014

    I will like to use 26 micro-inverters with 26 300W-PVs in an array to deliver AC to a string inverters AC input.

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  12. 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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  13. Hi, Can the Enphase trunk cable be split to two 120V circuits? Thank you - Les

    Asked 03/27/2014

    Hi, Can the Enphase trunk cable be split to two 120V circuits?

    Question – 1 comment

  14. Enphase's suggested maximum

    Answered by on 03/27/2014

    Enphase's suggested maximum ambient temperature is 65C.

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  15. Will clouds effect performance of my inverter?

    Asked 03/18/2014

    I have two solar inverters one a (Ever inverter 3 kv), with 16x185 watt panels and the other a (SMA solar inverter 4 kw), with 16x250 wa

    Question – 1 comment

  16. Very good question.Here is a

    Answered by on 03/18/2014

    Very good question.

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  17. With outdoor temperatures reaching 128F in Havasu are panel mounted inverters a good idea?

    Asked 03/15/2014

    My local installer has told me he does not install AC panels for that reason.

    Question – 2 comments

  18. Hi Rob. Do you have an actual

    Added by on 03/14/2014

    Hi Rob. Do you have an actual install or are you just promoting MSI? We allow postings with outside links if the information is related to the article / question.

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  19. I believe in the future of

    Added by on 03/14/2014

    I believe in the future of renewable energy. Our house has solar panels to save money on our bills (which are extremely high).

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  20. Please explain what you mean

    Answered by on 03/14/2014

    Please explain what you mean by compatible. Are you asking if they have the same specifications?

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  21. I'm assuming you are

    Answered by on 03/14/2014

    I'm assuming you are referring to 9000 watt-hours.  If you divide your watt-hours (9000)  by system voltage (12V) you will get amp-hours.....750 amp-hours in this ca

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  22. Is the SMA Sunny Boy 2500 U inverter compatible with SMA Sunny Boy 2500HF-US inverter?

    Asked 03/13/2014

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  23. Many thanks for your support. Again how do i calculate battery power into watts. ei 9000 watts of DC would be how many 12 dcv a

    Asked 03/13/2014

    Many thanks for your support.  Again, how do i calculate battery power into watts.

    Question – 1 comment

  24. Civic Solar, as an American

    Added by on 03/13/2014

    Civic Solar, as an American company of American citizens, should indeed "take a side," and it should be in favor of strengthened American manufacturing, inclu

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  25. Producing electricity during

    Added by on 03/13/2014

    Producing electricity during peak demand is a utility interest, but as typical utility pricing for residential customers has no peak demand factor, there is no customer i

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