Installer Support Articles

  • GS Battery Energy Storage
  CivicSolar does not provide tax, legal or accounting advice. This material has been prepared for informational purposes only, and is not intended to provide, and should not be relied on for, tax,...
Support Article
10/18/2017
  • Split cell technology
  In its most basic sense, split cell technology is a new cell architecture that increases voltage by halving the size of the silicon chips.   Split cell panels provide the following advantages:...
Support Article
10/18/2017
  • 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...
Support Article
9/13/2017
  • Yaskawa Solectria SLX
  Yaskawa Solectria Solar recently announced the launch of the SLX 1000 and SLX 1500 string inverters for commercial and utility-scale applications. The new inverters are engineered, designed and...
Support Article
9/13/2017
  • Aerocompact Ground Mount
  Similar to ballasted racking’s meteoric rise as the go-to solution for flat roofs, ballasted systems are slowly gaining popularity on the ground. Solar continues to proliferate in rural and...
Support Article
9/13/2017
  • UL 1741
For the first time since 1984 energy generated by renewable sources outweighed nuclear generation in March and April of this year. Although strong springtime solar and wind production coupled with...
Support Article
7/28/2017
  • Solaredge Monitoring
  To solar integrators robust solar monitoring provide the following advantages:   1)    Allows contractors to provide transparency and education in customer conversation. 2)    Gives more responsive...
Support Article
7/27/2017
  • solar panel beautiful installation
As the number of U.S. solar installations has proliferated in the past decade, solar contractors are under increasing pressure to complete more installations in less time. This is a good problem for...
Support Article
6/30/2017
  • 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,...
Support Article
6/13/2017
  • metal roof, S-5!, installation
In partnership with S-5!, we have put together a comprehensive E-Book outlining best practices when it comes to installing solar on metal roofs.  Metal roofs continue to make up an increasing...
Support Article
5/30/2017
  • 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...
Support Article
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,...
Support Article
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...
Support Article
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....
Support Article
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...
Support Article
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...
Support Article
5/1/2017

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