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...
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9/19/2018
  • 1GW Ground-mounted Smart PV Plant in Ningxia, China
Although transformerless (TL) string inverters were established in the residential market, the advent of 20, 30 and 40+ kW sizes have allowed these versatile units to replace central inverters in...
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11/29/2016
  • Yaskawa - Solectria TL String Inverters
In 2015, Yaskawa Electric Corporation, Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s parent company, celebrated their 100th anniversary. To us at CivicSolar and to solar installers across the U.S., Yaskawa - Solectria...
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5/2/2016
  • Huawei String Tls
  Although Tls found their start in the residential market, the advent of 20, 30 and 40+kW sizes has allowed these versatile units to replace the need for central inverters in commercial and...
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4/4/2016
  • 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...
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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...
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12/9/2014
  • 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...
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10/8/2014
  • SMA Sunny Boy Transformerless Inverter
What is a transformerless (TL) inverter? Transformers The differences between standard or conventional inverters and transformerless inverters are: Conventional inverters are built with an internal...
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9/26/2011