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
  • Single Post Style Ground Mount
Ground-mounted solar arrays are a compelling alternative to traditional roof-based systems. Unlike rooftop arrays, ground mounts offer flexibility in achieving a more ideal array tilt and avoid ...
Support Article
8/9/2016
  • AET Pile Driven Ground Mount
Ground mounted solar arrays range in size from small residential <10 kW arrays to large utility solutions upwards of 1 MW and beyond. Within that range, there are many, many racking options...
Support Article
4/4/2016
  • Gatorshield Logo
IronRidge has approved the use of a new structural tube for use with their Ground Mount system.  Allied Tube and Conduit’s Gatorshield tubing is now an alternative to the standard Schedule 40 steel...
Support Article
1/18/2016
  • 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...
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
  • How do you space a ground-mounted array?
Here are some  pointers for a well designed ground-mounted array. Jump to another CivicSolar article for some practical and free shading tools. Ground-mounted PV systems are increasingly prevalent...
Support Article
12/19/2011