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
  • 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
  • How heat effects PV Productions
The biggest factor in how well a PV module will perform is heat dissipation.  The modules, just like inverters, do not like heat build up.  This can greatly affect their overall performance in...
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8/11/2015
  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
  • Landscape Array Orientation
  Residential PV system designs sometimes require installing modules in landscape orientation.  Usually this is due to constraints with roof dimensions.  Other times it can be due to aesthetic ...
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12/18/2014
  • Why should I use Grounding WEEB on solar applications?
Grounding PV modules to reduce or eliminate shock and fire hazards is necessary and required by the National Electrical Code. The grounding guidelines of the Code essentially state that all...
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2/27/2012
  • How do you space a ground-mounted array?
Here are some  pointers for a well designed ground-mounted array. Jump to another CivicSolar article for some practical and free shading tools. Ground-mounted PV systems are increasingly prevalent...
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12/19/2011
  • 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