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  1. It is probably possible if

    Answered by on 07/29/2013

    It is probably possible if the attachment hardware is the same size. Ironridge uses very high quality Quickmount standoffs in their kits.

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  2. We have used this engineer

    Answered by on 07/29/2013

    We have used this engineer for many geotech and structural jobs. Highly  recommended. Liiban A. Affi, P.E.

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  3. It will be hard to find a

    Answered by on 07/29/2013

    It will be hard to find a single phase 240 Vac inverter over 10kW because the amperage starts to exceed 50A and it becomes impractical to tie it to most 240Vac services.

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  4. Hooking up 500Vdc to the AC

    Answered by on 07/29/2013

    Hooking up 500Vdc to the AC terminals in a grid tied inverter could do a lot of damage and, if the current, voltage and frequency sensors were not destroyed, they would s

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  5. The panel is not specifically

    Answered by on 07/29/2013

    The panel is not specifically designed for RV use - the real issue with RV mounting is that most RV bodies flex quite a bit (even though they look pretty sturdy).

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  6. Is the CS6P-250P panel applicalble to a mobile installation on a rv roof?

    Asked 07/28/2013

    I want to install (8) of the panels on an off road rv roof. I will be using it off grid.

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  7. Yes, these are compatible

    Answered by on 07/25/2013

    Yes, these are compatible with the cable. Here is the datasheet you can use to confirm.

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  8. Is 600V DC Black PV Wire Compatible with MC4 G2 Male and Female Cable Connectors?

    Asked 07/25/2013

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  9. Check out the AET

    Answered by on 07/24/2013

    Check out the  AET Microinverter Bracket Kit  includes all components needed to mount Enphase to AET mount.

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  10. The main one is that mono is

    Answered by on 07/23/2013

    The main one is that mono is more efficient so you can get more W/ft^2. If you are space constrained then you want mono.

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  11. If by backwards you mean hook

    Answered by on 07/23/2013

    If by backwards you mean hook the PV array up to the AC and the grid up to the DC then no, you would just get a smoking inverter.

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  12. If you install an inverter backwards will it convert AC into DC?

    Asked 07/23/2013

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  13. Are there any special components needed to mount Enphase microinverters to an AET ballast mount?

    Asked 07/23/2013

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  14. Yes, take a look at these

    Answered by on 07/23/2013

    Yes, take a look at these links: Trojan Battery  and CivicSolar

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  15. Does CivicSolar have a watering kit offered by Flow-rite for Trojan 6V 279Ah wet/flooded batteries?

    Asked 07/22/2013

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  16. A simple ohm test will tell

    Answered by on 07/21/2013

    A simple ohm test will tell you. Disconnect power and remove before testing.

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  17. I would greatly recommend you

    Answered by on 07/21/2013

    I would greatly recommend you use individual micro inverters mounted on rack behind each panel. To do this your panels can't exceed 250 watts each.

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  18. Who has largest kw inverter for 240v single phase?

    Asked 07/19/2013

    I have a 130 kW array in the works and need inverters for this. I don't want to hang 14 string inverters, not enough room.

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  19. Blown fuse

    Asked 07/13/2013

    How can you tell when a class G fuse is blown?

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  20. I have a PV system that I

    Answered by on 07/13/2013

    I have a PV system that I installed at a remote cabin (single 85W panel, ~250 Ah of 12v battery capacity and Morningstar Sunsaver MPPT 15 A charge controller - designed

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  21. What are the advantages/disadvantages of mono or poly crystalline panels?

    Asked 07/12/2013

    Why would I chose one over the other?

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  22. There are a few interesting

    Answered by on 07/11/2013

    There are a few interesting magazine articles and papers on cleaning out there.

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  23. I'm researching the solar

    Added by on 07/03/2013

    I'm researching the solar monitoring options out there and must say this page has been very helpful.

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  24. A Few Words About Battery Hazards and Why They Happen

    Added by Guest on 07/03/2013

    Shorted Cell Cell short circuits can be caused by several conditions, which include the following: Faulty separators Le

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  25. What cleaning method and schedule should I use for my rooftop panels?

    Asked 07/02/2013

    I'm in Calabasas, CA with 45 panels on my 2nd story tile roof. They have been in place for just over one year.

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