Solar Articles

  • PACE Program | Property Assessed Clean Energy
Property tax assessment financing is a method of paying for a solar system by packaging the costs in with the homeowners property tax. The program is run through the local municipal government and...
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8/12/2010
  • tiered rates
Have you heard someone mention tiered electricity rates and wondered what on earth they are talking about? Well read on and we will tell you all you need to know to understand what they are and how...
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8/12/2010
  • Grid Tied System
With photovoltaic (PV) technology, you have two options:   The first, and more common, is installing a grid-tied system.  With this method, your home is connected to your local power lines.  The...
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8/12/2010
  • microinverters
We recently attended the Intersolar North America conference in San Francisco and spent some time talking with installers, distributors, and manufacturers about ways to maximize system performance...
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8/10/2010
  • Mounting Solar Modules and Estimating Parts
Some of the most important questions for most installers and DIY solar enthusiasts concern mounting solar panels. There are many high quality mounting solutions on the market such Unirac, IronRidge,...
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7/27/2010
  • Home Solar Panel charge controller and inverter
Dave shares his experience with solar through this video. His cabin system is powered by two 80 watts solar panels, via a Blue Sky 2012i charge controller; this system charges a 12 V battery pack. He...
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7/23/2010
  • Wiring Reference Guide - 12V
How to use the chart: 1) The Rows: Locate the array or load current on the left side of the chart. 2) Wire Length: Move along the row to locate the desired wire length. To stay on the safe side,...
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7/20/2010
  • Quick Mount PV on Composite roof
  This is a great video of a Quick Mount PV installation on an asphalt shingle roof. It shows how to install the quick mount flashings, how to locate the rafters on the roof, how to drill the pilot...
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7/19/2010
  • How do you size a home solar system?
In order to accurately size a solar system you need to first gather a few  pieces of key information from the home owner: How much energy does the home use on a daily basis? What is the electrical...
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7/9/2010
  • Using PV for Water and Space Heating
This is a common question and an unfortunate reminder of how little attention Solar Thermal collectors get. Solar thermal technology for domestic water heating is remarkably simple, reliable and...
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7/8/2010
  • Types of Solar Energy
There are really two "types" of solar energy and they are defined most simply by the way they're used. Active solar energy is solar energy that is used to either create electricity through the...
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7/8/2010
  • solar pv inverter problems, pv array
There are two conditions that occur which can warrant the trouble-shooting of a solar array. The first is no power output and the second is low power output – both of these are disconcerting...
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7/8/2010
  • How Solar Cells Work
The most common type of solar cell (the cell being the basic building block of the rooftop panel) is made of the common element Silicon. One of the reasons Silicon is used to generate electricity is...
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7/8/2010
  • Finding a Solar Job
With all the press coverage given to Climate Change, Power Shortages and advances in PV technology, the interest in solar jobs has been increasing dramatically. This would be an appropriate point to...
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7/8/2010
  • Solar Junction Box 1
How to wire a solar panel junction box (or terminal box) is one of the most commonly asked question that we receive. This is a short introduction on how to wire a solar junction box. Some of the...
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7/7/2010
  • How to Size a Battery Pack 2
-continued from "How to Size a Battery Pack - Part 1" To begin, you need to divide the average daily DC energy consumption by your system’s voltage; this will provide you with the average ampere-...
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7/7/2010

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