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
  • roof flashing, flashing, weather, rain
Protect your roof from water intrusion. Solar modules are designed to last decades, while our roofing may not be.  One of the earliest racking installation methods was to simply apply “dope” or...
Support Article
10/16/2015
  • 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
  • Unirac intuitive design
In this week’s article I am reviewing Unirac’s recent advancements in their SolarMount racking products. In an ever growing racking market, with all of the options that are out there, it can be...
Support Article
4/9/2015
  • Rail Free Racking
  The prospect of having a PV mounting support system without mounting rails is nothing new.  Previously it involved having a racking support system that was integrated with a module's frame,...
Support Article
1/28/2015
  • 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
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  Solar Is Not Always Sunny Over their lifetime, solar panels experience countless extreme weather events. Not just the worst storms in years, but the worst storms in 40 years. High...
Support Article
4/28/2014
  • IronRidge Integrated Grounding
       Integrated Grounding FAQ Is UL 2703 a new standard? UL 2703 is currently an Outline of Investigation, which means it has not yet been accepted by ANSI as a standard....
Support Article
3/28/2014
  Product Updates IronRidge is expanding its XR Rail Family to include three size options: XR10, XR100 & XR1000. These options replace XRS & XRL. In...
Support Article
3/28/2014
  • Mounting Solar Panels on Shingle roof 1
The racking and mounting system of a solar PV installation normally consist of 10% to 25% of the total cost of the installation. However, the related roof maintenance costs are rarely included in the...
Support Article
9/21/2010