Solar Articles

  • Gatorshield Logo
IronRidge has approved the use of a new structural tube for use with their Ground Mount system.  Allied Tube and Conduit’s Gatorshield tubing is now an alternative to the standard Schedule 40 steel...
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1/18/2016
  • Visual Representation of Amperage
This article will cover the basic principles of voltage and amperage, essential elements of PV systems. Electricity flowing through a circuit can be understood similarly to water flowing through...
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12/14/2015
  • Getting the most out of your solar array
  The following is a general breakdown of the ideal tilts to meet the energy demand you are hoping to get out of an array: Year-round loads: Tilt angle equals latitude Winter loads: Tilt angle equals...
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12/14/2015
  • Alternatives to the ITC
Sunnova CEO John Berger broke ranks last week when he sent a letter to Congress detailing his belief that the solar industry is ready for the sunset of the 30% federal ITC.  Not only did Berger...
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12/14/2015
  • Magnum Energy RD3924 3.9 kW Modified Sine Inverter
Inverters: Sine Wave or Modified Sine Wave?   There are two basic topologies used when considering inverters: true sine wave and modified sine wave.  You probably have run across them both...
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11/17/2015
  • Inverter Effect Diagram
​On the input DC side, before the power is converted to AC by the inverter, we generally have two options: 600VDC or 1000VDC. One of the most important recent developments in the PV industry is the...
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11/17/2015
  • Solar advocates in rally
As we approach the last few days before Massachusetts’s legislators adjourn for the year, many groups are headed to the Statehouse looking to effect change. Our team at CivicSolar, along with a...
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11/16/2015
  • Canadian Solar wafer supply shortage
Hot on the heels of news that the industry may be in store for a wafer supply shortage Canadian Solar has announced plans for substantial near-term expansion of its silicon wafer production...
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11/12/2015
  • Solar panel mounting anchors
In the last article we discussed the importance of having a good roof flashing to protect your roof against water intrusion, thus sparing you from expensive damage.  In this article, I would like...
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11/1/2015
  • Dimming nuclear prospects
After experiencing rapid growth in the 1970's, the development of nuclear power plants in the US has stalled.  The stagnation of nuclear power in the US can be attributed to a plethora of factors,...
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10/18/2015
  • Image of a Hawaiian solar project
Hawaii continues to lead the US in the evolution and implementation of renewable energy policy.  This past Spring we watched as Hawaii introduced the most ambitious renewable goal in the country:...
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10/16/2015
  • roof flashing, flashing, weather, rain
Protect your roof from water intrusion. Solar modules are designed to last decades, while our roofing may not be.  One of the earliest racking installation methods was to simply apply “dope” or...
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10/16/2015
  • Types of Combiners
There are many types of boxes used for various functions in PV applications. This article will serve as a guide to the most commonly used ones. In the image below, we see the PV array feeding...
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10/7/2015
  • aluminum, copper, wiring, installation, comparison
Considering aluminum wiring for your PV installation?  It is widely known that the cost of copper is much greater than that of aluminum.  It may seem like an easy choice given that fact alone.  Let...
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10/5/2015
  • Solar policy impacting North Carolina's Solar
The solar market in North Carolina is by far one of the most active in both the Southeast region and the country.  Although this state isn't in a region known for considerable solar development,...
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9/30/2015
  • Min and Max Voltage for String Sizing
When designing PV systems, it is essential to ensure that the voltage output of each series string is within the acceptable range for the system. If the voltage is too low, the inverter won’t kick...
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9/20/2015

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