Solar Articles

  • Questions to ask a solar contractor.
Originally published on Modernize.com How many solar installations have you done? The U.S. solar industry has boomed in recent years, growing to more than 7.4 gigawatts at the end of 2015. Finding...
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5/26/2016
  • Unirac U-Builder
Many important details must be considered when designing a solar racking system for a pitched or flat roof. Design considerations include the number of roof attachment points, attachment spacing,...
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5/12/2016
  • 76.5kW Whitworth Aquatics Array
By Chris Doyle, Chief Commercial Officer, Dividend Solar. Originally published in Solar Power World April 28th, 2016 NREL’s Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group recently released...
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5/2/2016
  • Yaskawa - Solectria TL String Inverters
In 2015, Yaskawa Electric Corporation, Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s parent company, celebrated their 100th anniversary. To us at CivicSolar and to solar installers across the U.S., Yaskawa - Solectria...
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5/2/2016
This Earth Day CivicSolar took to the outside to enjoy the natural world in a variety of ways.    To me, ‘Earth Day in Texas’ evokes the mental image of cowboys tending to oil derricks and...
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5/2/2016
  • Solar Under a Buck
    Earlier this year CivicSolar launched a promotion entitled Solar Under a Buck to much fan fair. It has a tongue and cheek description of our new commercial solar offering, a complete solar...
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4/18/2016
  • Combiner Box for Solar Panels
  Let’s assume we have a system with three of the following panels on a single series string:   Canadian Solar CS6P-255P 255W Poly Solar Panel   Panel Electrical Characteristics:...
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4/15/2016
  • AET Pile Driven Ground Mount
Ground mounted solar arrays range in size from small residential <10 kW arrays to large utility solutions upwards of 1 MW and beyond. Within that range, there are many, many racking options...
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4/4/2016
  • Huawei String Tls
  Although Tls found their start in the residential market, the advent of 20, 30 and 40+kW sizes has allowed these versatile units to replace the need for central inverters in commercial and...
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4/4/2016
  • Ballasted solar array
This evolving picture routinely delivers a combination of encouraging and sometimes disheartening developments.  While the industry rejoiced with the extension of the federal Investment Tax Credit...
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3/21/2016
  • 800RE EnergyCell 48V 672Ah AGM Battery System
    1) How often do I need to charge or "top off" my lead-acid batteries?   Maintaining your batteries is the key ingredient to ensuring that your battery bank reaches its designed life...
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3/9/2016
  • Solar panels varry in wattage
It is a common question we hear often at CivicSolar.  A customer has an assortment of modules they want to install in the same system.  They have a stockpile on hand that they want to put to good...
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2/11/2016
  • Solar Financing For Homeowners
  As we have touched upon in past articles, the falling cost of solar is driving the revival of direct system ownership, and for good reason.  Lenders of solar loans include traditional community...
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2/11/2016
  • Solar PV is very popular across the Hawaiian Islands
As solar incentives and net metering policy continue to evolve across the country discussion has, for the most part, centered on the value of solar to the grid and to society. While establishing...
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1/27/2016
  • Deka has a wide offering of solar batteries
  Types of Lead Acid Batteries (Wet / AGM / Gel)   Wet (aka Flooded)   Wet batteries are generally less expensive than the two other main types, AGM and Gel. A well-maintained wet battery...
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1/27/2016
  • Residential market share
The majority of residential solar installations in the US fall into two buckets, direct and third-party ownership.  A PV system is considered direct ownership if the homeowner owns the equipment...
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1/18/2016

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