Solar Articles

  • 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...
Support Article
9/19/2018
  • Solar panels varry in wattage
It is a common question we hear often at CivicSolar.  A customer has an assortment of modules they want to install in the same system.  They have a stockpile on hand that they want to put to good...
Support Article
2/11/2016
  • Maximum Power Point - MPP
Designing systems so that panels operate as closely as possible to their Maximum Power Point is critical to maximizing the performance of the system. A large central inverter such as the Solectria...
Support Article
9/7/2015
  • 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...
Support Article
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...
Support Article
12/9/2014
  • Evolution of Power Conversion
As the solar industry looks for new ways to increase efficiency and drive down cost, inverters have gone from the relatively simple to decode Central, String and Micro options to a bewildering...
Support Article
10/8/2014
  • Solectria Dual MPPT Inverters
When I first became aware of dual MPPT inverters I asked myself, "Self, why didn't you think of that?"  This simple, yet powerful concept provides for simplified PV system design, increased solar...
Support Article
10/8/2014