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
  • Min and Max Voltage for String Sizing
When designing PV systems, it is essential to ensure that the voltage output of each series string is within the acceptable range for the system. If the voltage is too low, the inverter won’t kick...
Support Article
9/20/2015
  • 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
  • Solar Inverter String Design Calculations
For many new to photovoltaic system design, determining the maximum number of modules per series string can seem straight forward, right?  Simply divide the inverter’s maximum system voltage rating...
Support Article
5/9/2015
  • 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
  • Choose String Inverters Utilizing Sizing Tools
Most home-owners and installers start designing (or defining) their solar PV systems by measuring their roofs and finding out the available space for the solar modules. They've already determined...
Support Article
9/29/2010