Solar Articles

  • Yaskawa, Solectria, NEC 2017, Rapid Shutdown, Compliance
By Michael Nieman, Senior Applications Engineer, Yaskawa Solectria Solar The 2017 edition of the NFPA70, National Electric Code (NEC), brings significant updates to the requirements for rapid...
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  • SunSpec Standards
As the solar industry is maturing, technical industry standards gain importance and will be a crucial aspect for the further evolution of solar to a mainstream industry. Initiatives from forward-...
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  • NEC 2017 Rapid Shutdown
Most electricians and solar installers across the country are intimately familiar with the National Electric Code (NEC). Published every three years by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA...
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  • 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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  • Solectria
  The Problem Many inverters installed in the last 10+ years are now failing and are no longer protected by the original product warranty. With limited possibilities of extending warranty coverage,...
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  • less grid-tied-only PV systems by describing the requirements of NEC 690.12
On January 1st, 2017 California will adopt NEC 2014 and by the end of 2017 most states will have adopted this code. Within this code cycle is the famous NEC 690.12, Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on...
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  • 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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  NEC 2014: Article 690.12 “Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings” There were several changes to the 2014 NEC code that affect PV systems.  Of these changes, the most notable is article 690...
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  • 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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  • 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...
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  • 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...
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I want to address a growing topic of concern among solar photovoltaic (PV) roof installers and the solar PV industry that has slowly crept to the forefront of conversations regarding the electrical...
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