Installer Support

  • 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
Hosted by S-5!, COSEIA, CALSEIA, and NABCEP, this three-day event will be the preeminent opportunity for individuals and companies to meet, share and understand the best in solar mounting practices....
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
  • Canadian Solar install in NJ
As we approach the close of 2016, two trends have garnered enough interest in the minds of installers to become part of the national module discussion. The shift from polycrystalline to a more...
Support Article
11/14/2016
  • Meters hold the answer
We recently wrote on the abundant and diverse roles energy storage can play for residences, businesses, and the grid at-large. This article will function as an introduction to demand change...
Support Article
10/31/2016
  • S-5! PV Kit
S-5! has an extensive range of products for just about any metal roof type. With so many S-5! bracket and clamp models listed on the S-5! website, selecting the appropriate model can be daunting.  ...
Support Article
10/31/2016
  • Solar financing for churches
If you were a nonprofit and you Googled “solar for nonprofits”, not too many solar installers would appear and the reason why is simple. Most installers don’t think nonprofit solar projects will...
Support Article
10/20/2016
La creciente popularidad de los sistemas fotovoltaicos AC saca a la luz una sutil pero fundamental diferencia entre los dos tipos de inversores utilizados en esta arquitectura del sistema.  Para...
Support Article
10/18/2016

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