Solar Articles

  • 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
Lenders of solar loans include traditional community banks as well as specialty lending platforms.  Unlike a third-party ownership (TPO) model, a homeowner that purchases their solar system outright...
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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
  • 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
  • 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

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