Solar Articles

  • Solar Module Trends
You may have recently noticed that it's been harder to find your preferred modules. Or, that prices have increased relative to what they were a few months ago. Well, you're not wrong. The module...
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4/24/2019
  • 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,...
Support Article
6/13/2017
  • Jinko, Module Reliability, Solar Panel
  Frame The frame gives the solar panel shape and stability and protects the glass top layer from damage by flexion. Anodized aluminum is the best frame material to achieve shape and stability....
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5/17/2017
  • Solar Panel Durability
Each component of a solar panel is relevant to performance: cells, glass, encapsulant, edge seal, frame, junction box, connectors, and backsheets.  Not only does CivicSolar recognize that each type...
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5/1/2017
  • Solar Durability
1. The name of the cell manufacturer Knowing the name of the manufacturer allows you to determine what tier they are. While there are multiple ways that solar panels are ranked into tiers, we will...
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5/1/2017
  • panel trends
The International Technology Roadmap for Photovoltaics is a yearly report designed to inform and educate PV suppliers and contractors on the direction of the industry. In its eighth year, the report...
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4/4/2017
  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
  • Kyocera Sakura Solar Center Japan installed in 1984: How Long Do Solar Panels Last?
The number most often referenced for the lifetime of a Silicon (Si) based solar panel is about 25 years.  Solar panels are an expensive upfront investment, and owners want to be sure that they’re...
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11/1/2011
  • 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