Solar Articles

  • 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
  • Successful projects on public land
Created in 1946 by President Truman, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) aims "to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the public lands for the use and enjoyment of present and future...
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9/16/2015
  • Maximum Power Point - MPP
Designing systems so that panels operate as closely as possible to their Maximum Power Point is critical to maximizing the performance of the system. A large central inverter such as the Solectria...
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9/7/2015
  • CivicSolar Energy Storage
  In order to maintain the efficient flow of power, utility operators must attempt to steady the supply and demand consistently in order to meet peak demand. Energy storage has become a hot topic in...
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9/6/2015
  • Solar PV Penetration
High levels of solar PV penetration stand to upend electricity markets as we know them today.  In continuing our mini-series of “How Much Solar Can the Grid Handle?” this article looks to briefly...
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8/21/2015
  • string shading, shaed mitigation, pv shading
Shading within PV installations is sometimes unavoidable, so carefully planning around it is imperative in consideration of string sizing for maximum efficiency. Stringing layouts are designs that...
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8/21/2015
  • How heat effects PV Productions
The biggest factor in how well a PV module will perform is heat dissipation.  The modules, just like inverters, do not like heat build up.  This can greatly affect their overall performance in...
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8/11/2015
  • Plan to reduce CO2 from generators by 32% from 2005 levels by 2030
Last week President Obama, in conjunction with the EPA, introduced the final rule of the Clean Power Plan. The plan targets the power generation sector which currently accounts for roughly a third...
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8/10/2015

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