Solar Articles

  • MLK School Solar PV
Last Tuesday, leaders of the Baker Administration’s Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released their final plan for the state’s new solar incentive, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Energy...
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2/6/2017
  • Distributed solar
How do you value solar energy production? That is a question several prominent utilities and Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) are debating across the country as initial Net Energy Metering (NEM)...
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2/3/2017
  • TVA REAP Carport
As a state without a solar carve-out (no SREC market), and no net metering, Tennessee is expected to install 476 MW of solar electricity over the next five years, more than five times the solar...
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1/10/2017
  • MA Solar Systems
Under the proposed incentive, eight blocks of 200 MW each would be opened up to encourage 1600 MW of additional solar capacity in the state over the next several years. Within each block, solar...
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10/3/2016
  • 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
  • Virtual Net Metering Map
What do you do when your array is producing more energy than you consume? Or when you want to go solar but your available property has a suboptimal solar resource? In the absence of a battery backup...
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6/28/2016
  • Ballasted solar array
This evolving picture routinely delivers a combination of encouraging and sometimes disheartening developments.  While the industry rejoiced with the extension of the federal Investment Tax Credit...
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3/21/2016
  • 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
  • RGM part of a comprehensive PV monitoring system
Measuring AC energy delivered by a residential PV system can be broken into two main categories, revenue-grade and non-revenue grade. You might ask then, “Why would I need revenue grade data?”  To...
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7/27/2015
  • Solar SRECs are worthy savings
In a grid-tied Solar PV System unused energy can be sent back to the utility at the grid connection. Solar PV system owners receive utility credits for all the energy that is sent back to the utility...
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10/13/2011
  • 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