Solar Articles

Energy storage is set to double in the United States in 2019. According to a recent study by IHS Markit, the United States will overtake South Korea as the largest grid-tied energy storage market in...
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5/29/2019
  • SGIP
2018 Overview It was a busy summer between tariffs and rate reform debates, but California Senate ended the summer on a positive note for solar installers by passing S.B. 700. S.B. 700--still needs...
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9/11/2018
  • Aquion
Poco a poco vemos mas proyectos de energía solar con almacenamiento. Nuestra industria esta cambiando y Aquion pone el ejemplo de manera sostenible.   Las baterías de Aspen son diferentes: ofrecen...
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10/17/2016
  • Proper preparation prevents poor performance with Solar Installation
Solar integrators use all sorts of tools to complete the tasks that keep their businesses moving forward. These include the obvious hand and power tools to install the solar equipment and the less...
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9/1/2016
  • Getting the most out of your solar array
  The following is a general breakdown of the ideal tilts to meet the energy demand you are hoping to get out of an array: Year-round loads: Tilt angle equals latitude Winter loads: Tilt angle equals...
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12/14/2015
  • Pros and Cons of Battery Backup PV Systems
Since PV systems produce electricity directly from sunlight and maximize the efficiency of energy collection, it may seem like adding or choosing a PV system with battery backup would only increase...
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9/14/2011
  • How does MPPT Charge Controllers work?
The maximum power point tracking (MPPT) is a higher efficient DC-DC converter technology compared to "shunt controller" and "pulse width modulation (PWM)" technologies. Using a non-MPPT charge...
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3/17/2011
  • Battery Life and Performance Factors
There are multiple factors that significantly affect the life of a battery. I'll try to summarize the major issues related to battery performance: 1- Cyclic life The battery life is mainly determined...
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12/3/2010
  • Sun Energy Output Solmetric Insolation Tool: Honolulu
Azimuth is the array’s east-west orientation in degrees. In most of the solar PV energy calculator tools, an azimuth value of zero is facing the equator in both northern and southern hemispheres....
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11/24/2010