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  1. Wire Types for Solar PV Installations

    Added by Levent Bas on 08/19/2010

    Wire types vary in conductor material and insulation.

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  2. What is an Inverter/ Charger?

    Added by Levent Bas on 08/18/2010

    Inverters/Chargers are reliable power sources for continuous backup applications.  Usually, an inverter/charger has two modes: 1) I

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  3. Grid Tied or Off Grid System

    Added by Residential Sol... on 08/12/2010

    With photovoltaic (PV) technology, you have two options:   The first, and more common, is installing a grid-tied system.  With this met

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  4. Maximizing Residential Solar Panel System Performance

    Added by Residential Sol... on 08/10/2010

    We recently attended the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco and spent some time talking with installers, distributors,

    Article – 3 comments

  5. Mounting Solar Modules and Estimating Parts

    Added by Levent Bas on 07/27/2010

    Some of the most important questions for most installers and DIY solar enthusiasts concern mounting solar panels. There are many high qual

    Article – 13 comments

  6. Home Solar System with Batteries

    Added by Levent Bas on 07/23/2010

    Dave shares his experience with solar through this video.

    Article – 10 comments

  7. Wiring Reference Guide

    Added by Levent Bas on 07/20/2010

    Proper wire selection is critical for safety as well as system performance.

    Article – 2 comments

  8. Battery Banks for Solar Power

    Added by Levent Bas on 07/19/2010

    This is nice a ' expert village' serial video by Roger Bacon who explains the basics of battery banks.

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  9. Using PV for Water and Space Heating

    Added by Stuart Fox on 07/08/2010

    This is a common question and an unfortunate reminder of how little attention Solar Thermal collectors get.

    Article – 3 comments

  10. Types of Solar Energy

    Added by Stuart Fox on 07/08/2010

    There are really two "types" of solar energy and they are defined most simply by the way they're used.

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  11. Trouble Shooting a PV Array

    Added by Stuart Fox on 07/08/2010

    There are two conditions that occur which can warrant the trouble-shooting of a solar array.

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  12. How Solar Cells Work

    Added by Stuart Fox on 07/08/2010

    The most common type of solar cell (the cell being the basic building block of the rooftop panel) is made of the common element Silicon.

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  13. Finding a Solar Job

    Added by Stuart Fox on 07/08/2010

    With all the press coverage given to Climate Change, Power Shortages and advances in PV technology, the interest in solar jobs has been in

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  14. How to Size a Battery Bank - Part 2

    Added by Levent Bas on 07/07/2010

    -continued from "How to Size a Battery Pack - Part 1" Once you know your average daily energy consumption (Wh), numbe

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  15. How to Size a Battery Bank -Part 1

    Added by Levent Bas on 07/07/2010

    Batteries are the key components of an off-grid renewable energy system such as remote cabins, homes, RVs and sailboats.

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  16. How to Size a Charge Controller

    Added by Levent Bas on 07/07/2010

    The charge controller is a regulator which limits the rate of current that goes to and from the battery pack.

    Article – 3 comments

  17. Components of Off-Grid Systems

    Added by Levent Bas on 07/07/2010

    Off grid or autonomous solar systems are installed in remote locations where utility grid access is limited or impossible.

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  18. Components of Grid-Tied Systems

    Added by Levent Bas on 07/07/2010

    Grid tied systems, also known as on-grid or grid-interactive, can both feed excess power to the utility grid and pull electricity from the

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