Solar Articles

  • Solar Wire Management
One of the most important tasks when installing a PV system is wire management.  This task is sometimes overlooked by installers or not given enough attention. Installers that take their wire...
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8/11/2018
  • Schneider Electric / Simpliphi Power Li-ion (LiFePO4) off-grid installation by Casey Electric.
There are many metrics to use when comparing the battery bank components of an energy storage system. Comparisons can be challenging when analyzing batteries of different chemistries and their...
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3/19/2018
  • 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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6/13/2017
  • GS Battery, Storage, Solar Plus Storage
Identify why a customer is interested in batteries with their solar system. The project development for a fully-off grid cabin is different from someone who wants battery backup when the grid goes...
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5/17/2017
  • Deka has a wide offering of solar batteries
  Types of Lead Acid Batteries (Wet / AGM / Gel)   Wet (aka Flooded)   Wet batteries are generally less expensive than the two other main types, AGM and Gel. A well-maintained wet battery...
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1/27/2016
  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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1/5/2015
  • Battery Sizing Calculator
How does one correctly size a battery bank in an off grid solar application? A good first step would be to watch this video and use CivicSolar’s battery sizing tool. This video will guide you...
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11/15/2014
  • Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, cec certification solar
NRTL certification means your solar panels and solar modules conform to safety, health, and environmental standards as required by: NEC, OSHA, and the National Fire Prevention Association. NRTL...
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9/22/2011
  • 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