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
  • Inverter Heat
Inverters, like all semiconductor-based equipment, are sensitive to overheating and, in general, operate best at cooler temperatures, while suffering power losses and damage at higher internal...
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7/24/2018
  • MPPT Algorithm
  1. Constant Voltage   Constant voltage maximum power point tracking was one of the first ever created algorithms and has the most limitations. Constant voltage MPPT simply measures the ambient...
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9/13/2017
  • 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
  • Inverter Effect Diagram
​On the input DC side, before the power is converted to AC by the inverter, we generally have two options: 600VDC or 1000VDC. One of the most important recent developments in the PV industry is the...
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11/17/2015
  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
  •  AC or DC Coupled
It seems like a small amount of confusion exists about photovoltaic systems utilizing battery backup features.  What’s the confusion?  DC and AC-coupled systems are many times referred to as the same...
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11/28/2014
  • Choosing the Right MPPT Solar Charge Controller
Inverter and Charge Controller - a delicate balance  In an Off-Grid or Hybrid (Grid-tied, with battery back-up) PV system, the Inverter is generally the heart of the system. Inverter size is...
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7/13/2012
  • Can an inverter be installed outdoors?
There are many inverters for PV systems that can be installed outdoors. In fact, most grid-tied inverters are designed for outdoor use, although most off-grid inverters are not weatherproof and are...
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12/13/2011
  • 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
  • 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