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  1. SolarWorld - Made in America since 1975

    Added by Stuart Fox on 03/26/2014

          Made in America since 1975   As the largest U.S.

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  2. SolarWorld Performance guarantee for Sunmodule® Plus solar panels

    Added by Stuart Fox on 03/25/2014

      Performance guarantee for Sunmodule® Plus solar panels     10-year product workmanship warranty  25-year linear perfo

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  3. Mark Ruffalo & Billy Parish Speak on Fox Business about Mosaic

    Added by Stuart Fox on 03/23/2014

    SOLAR TECH Mosaic Financing    You may know actor Mark Ruffalo as the star of r

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  4. 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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  5. IronRidge Training Videos

    Added by Stuart Fox on 03/03/2014

        Training Videos IronRidge trainer shows how to install different IronRidge systems in these short how-to vid

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  6. DC Loading of Dist PV Systems Utilizing AE 3TL Inverters

    Added by Stuart Fox on 03/03/2014

    With the steep decline of solar module prices, PV system designers are exploring the economic benefits of increasing the array-to-inverter

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  7. Canadian Solar PV Module PVSyst System Yield

    Added by Nicholas Yeh on 03/02/2014

      The Best in Class   Canadian Solar’s PV modules are manufactured with uncomprimized quality, durability, performa

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  8. Professional Solar Products FAQ

    Added by Stuart Fox on 03/02/2014

    ProSolar is one of the many suppliers that partners with CivicSolar to bring its product offerings to our customers.

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  9. The Top 10 Developments in Clean Energy of 2013

    Added by Stuart Fox on 03/02/2014

    Mosaic Solar Financing The end of the year is always a good time for reflection and introspection, but why should we s

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  10. Rapid Shutdown

    Added by Michael Goldberg on 03/01/2014

    I want to address a growing topic of concern among solar photovoltaic (PV) roof installers and the solar PV industry that has slowly crept

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  11. Determining Wind and Snow Loads for Solar Panels

    Added by Stuart Fox on 01/07/2014

          Introduction As one of the largest and most established

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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. 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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  21. 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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  22. 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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  23. 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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  24. 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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  25. 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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