Solar Articles

Energy storage is set to double in the United States in 2019. According to a recent study by IHS Markit, the United States will overtake South Korea as the largest grid-tied energy storage market in...
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5/29/2019
  • Chilicon
This article will discuss the advantages of using microinverters with AC coupling for residential, single-phase applications. The two leading microinverter manufacturers in the U.S. market include...
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9/19/2018
  • SGIP
2018 Overview It was a busy summer between tariffs and rate reform debates, but California Senate ended the summer on a positive note for solar installers by passing S.B. 700. S.B. 700--still needs...
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9/11/2018
  • Aquion
Poco a poco vemos mas proyectos de energía solar con almacenamiento. Nuestra industria esta cambiando y Aquion pone el ejemplo de manera sostenible.   Las baterías de Aspen son diferentes: ofrecen...
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10/17/2016
  • Block diagrams present an organized visual representation
The design of PV systems can be fairly simple as well as extremely complex.  No matter how difficult or easy, it is important to document the design process.  Doing so will help flush out issues...
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5/21/2015
  • AC-Coupling Design
One of the main considerations to AC-coupling design is the ratio between the Grid-Tie inverter (GTI) and the Battery-Based inverter (BBI).  Why? There are conditions that might occur when the site...
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12/9/2014
  • Pros and Cons of Battery Backup PV Systems
Since PV systems produce electricity directly from sunlight and maximize the efficiency of energy collection, it may seem like adding or choosing a PV system with battery backup would only increase...
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9/14/2011
  • How does MPPT Charge Controllers work?
The maximum power point tracking (MPPT) is a higher efficient DC-DC converter technology compared to "shunt controller" and "pulse width modulation (PWM)" technologies. Using a non-MPPT charge...
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3/17/2011
  • Battery Life and Performance Factors
There are multiple factors that significantly affect the life of a battery. I'll try to summarize the major issues related to battery performance: 1- Cyclic life The battery life is mainly determined...
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12/3/2010