Solar Articles: Finance and Regulation, Products

For a home or business owners, solar is a different type of purchase than other property improvements like HVAC or electrical upgrades. When the solar first gets installed, your solar customers are...
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3/26/2019
  • Chilicon
This article will discuss the advantages of using microinverters with AC coupling for residential, single-phase applications. The two leading microinverter manufacturers in the U.S. market include...
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9/19/2018
  • SGIP
2018 Overview It was a busy summer between tariffs and rate reform debates, but California Senate ended the summer on a positive note for solar installers by passing S.B. 700. S.B. 700--still needs...
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9/11/2018
  • 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
  • Microgrid, Schneider
  From Wall Street to Main Street, deploying microgrid technology integrated with storage has captured the attention of futurists and business people alike. Last April Wal-Mart launched 17 microgrid...
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5/30/2017
  • Canadian Solar, HOA, solar installation
Homeowner Associations (HOAs) have been around since the mid 19th century as a means of managing residential housing developments. The responsibilities of an HOA differ by location and community,...
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5/30/2017
  • 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
  • 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
  • How much does a solar system cost?
Well, the correct answer to that question is “it depends”. A photovoltaic solar system can cost as little as a few hundred dollars or as much as millions of dollars. Here is a quick table that shows...
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5/1/2017
  • Simpliphi
Cómo diseñar sistemas con baterías - Parte 1 ¡Lo más importante son las cargas!   Incluir baterías en un sistema de energía solar tiene muchas ventajas pero ya que sus aplicaciones pueden ser muy...
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4/18/2017
  • GS Battery
Review of 2017, over 93% of the total new electricity generating additions in 2016. Solar plus energy storage has even more potential than solar. The storage market can grow and adopt lessons learned...
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4/18/2017
  • Residential Storage Deals
With energy storage installations growing at breakneck speeds (100% growth in US installed capacity in 2016), solar installers far and wide are exploring how to best incorporate energy storage in...
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3/21/2017
  • Long Tail
Without question national solar installers such as SolarCity (now Tesla), SunRun, Sungevity, and SunPower deserve significant credit for the proliferation of residential solar. From 2012 to 2016...
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3/9/2017
  • 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

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