Installer Support

  • Aerocompact Ballasted Racking
Every project manager overseeing a flat roof commercial solar project seems to confront the racking topic of ballast vs direct attachment. While direct attachment is grabbing attention at trade shows...
Support Article
2/21/2017
  • MLK School Solar PV
Last Tuesday, leaders of the Baker Administration’s Department of Energy Resources (DOER) released their final plan for the state’s new solar incentive, the Solar Massachusetts Renewable Energy...
Support Article
2/6/2017
  • Distributed solar
How do you value solar energy production? That is a question several prominent utilities and Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) are debating across the country as initial Net Energy Metering (NEM)...
Support Article
2/3/2017
  • Lead-Acid Battery
  Lead-Acid batteries are still the most common form of energy storage for photovoltaic systems. A lead-acid battery charges, stores, and discharges energy based on a chemical reaction of the metal...
Support Article
2/2/2017
  • Panasonic HIT Install
What lasts for 25 years?  While bell bottom jeans, mullets and CDs have come and gone, the solar industry revolves around the promise of the 10- and 25-year performance warranty -- the promise that...
Support Article
1/24/2017
  • PACE Financing
For a primer on PACE financing see HERE. While Utility and Residential solar grew more than 50% annually (from 2012-2015, no exact 2016 numbers yet), the Commercial sector’s growth has been...
Support Article
1/10/2017
  • TVA REAP Carport
As a state without a solar carve-out (no SREC market), and no net metering, Tennessee is expected to install 476 MW of solar electricity over the next five years, more than five times the solar...
Support Article
1/10/2017
  • Huawei test facility
This article will serve as an introduction to the world of string inverter reliability and answer: What are inverter manufacturers doing to increase the reliability of their products? Which...
Support Article
12/27/2016
  • Image courtesy Casey Electric
MC4 PV-C2M Crimping Tool Having a crimping tool ready in the toolbox is essential for any solar installer doing a job with a string inverter. Instead of buying pre-cut lengths of MC4 cable, the...
Support Article
12/27/2016
  • Jinko Solar Commercial Project
The photovoltaic (PV) module supplier landscape has experienced its fair share of ups and downs over the last several years, from initial bankruptcies of smaller, unproven suppliers to a slew of...
Support Article
12/22/2016
Enhance your racking and mounting expertise and learn from the industry's best at the 2017 Solar Mounting and Training Conference (SOMO).  This three-day conference is an opportunity to earn 100+...
Support Article
12/13/2016
  • N-type cells in Panasonic HIT 325W
The first solar cell fabricated by Bell Laboratories in 1954 was made of an n-type silicon wafer. Despite this head start, much of the research, development and technological advances in solar...
Support Article
12/12/2016
  • less grid-tied-only PV systems by describing the requirements of NEC 690.12
On January 1st, 2017 California will adopt NEC 2014 and by the end of 2017 most states will have adopted this code. Within this code cycle is the famous NEC 690.12, Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on...
Support Article
12/12/2016
  • 1GW Ground-mounted Smart PV Plant in Ningxia, China
Although transformerless (TL) string inverters were established in the residential market, the advent of 20, 30 and 40+ kW sizes have allowed these versatile units to replace central inverters in...
Support Article
11/29/2016
  • JinkoSolar Plant
When selecting a module manufacturer for your bids and projects, there are many factors to consider. At CivicSolar, the most common considerations voiced by installers are bankability, reliability,...
Support Article
11/29/2016
  • QuickMount PV
As hardware costs continue to drop for residential PV systems, there is an increasing amount of pressure on soft costs. QuickMount PV’s Quick Rack, a rail-free racking solution, alleviates some of...
Support Article
11/14/2016

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