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I am looking for panels for a residential install.  Can I use 1000V rated panels with a 600V residential string inverter?  I can't seem to find panels rated for 600V these days. 
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6/1/2016
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WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM CURRENT A CHARGE CONTROLLER CAN TAKE FROM BATTERIES SINCE THIS IS NOT USUALLY WRITTEN ON THE CHARGE CONTROLLERS? 
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5/31/2016
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I am planning to supplement the generator use at my small vacation home with a solar system and batteries. It tends to get hot in the summer, so we occasionally run an AC unit. By my estimates my...
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5/26/2016
  • Solar roof racking
  Panels can be arranged in either portrait (longest side is vertical) or landscape (longest side is horizontal) position. Further, rails can be run either north/south (vertical) or east/west (...
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5/26/2016
  • Questions to ask a solar contractor.
Originally published on Modernize.com How many solar installations have you done? The U.S. solar industry has boomed in recent years, growing to more than 7.4 gigawatts at the end of 2015. Finding...
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5/26/2016
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I am wondering about the minimum input voltage needed to turn on an inverter. For example the Sunny Boy 6000TL-US-22 has a minimum voltage input of 360v initial and 300v minimum. My understanding is...
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5/13/2016
  • Unirac U-Builder
Many important details must be considered when designing a solar racking system for a pitched or flat roof. Design considerations include the number of roof attachment points, attachment spacing,...
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5/12/2016
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I am installing a 36 module array in Tahoe consisting of one six module, one twelve module and one eighteen module sub-array. The six panel array has morning shade during June, July, and August. It...
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5/11/2016
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<p>Is there any difference between a piggy back and piggy back plus card other than the external antenna?</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>
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5/10/2016
  • NEWIEE Gala
Photo Courtesy of Jennifer MacNeil Photography   The NEWIEE Gala provided a forum for professionals to exchange their experiences as they relate to closing the gender gap to allow for more women...
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5/6/2016
This Earth Day CivicSolar took to the outside to enjoy the natural world in a variety of ways.    To me, ‘Earth Day in Texas’ evokes the mental image of cowboys tending to oil derricks and...
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5/2/2016
  • 76.5kW Whitworth Aquatics Array
By Chris Doyle, Chief Commercial Officer, Dividend Solar. Originally published in Solar Power World April 28th, 2016 NREL’s Solar Access to Public Capital (SAPC) working group recently released...
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5/2/2016
  • Yaskawa - Solectria TL String Inverters
In 2015, Yaskawa Electric Corporation, Yaskawa – Solectria Solar’s parent company, celebrated their 100th anniversary. To us at CivicSolar and to solar installers across the U.S., Yaskawa - Solectria...
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5/2/2016
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I've recently determined that I need to use #2 gauge copper wire. I've been looking at THWN, and I'm curious what the equivalent aluminum wire would be. I'd be very interested if you know of any...
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4/30/2016
  • Solar Under a Buck
    Earlier this year CivicSolar launched a promotion entitled Solar Under a Buck to much fan fair. It has a tongue and cheek description of our new commercial solar offering, a complete solar...
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4/18/2016
  • Combiner Box for Solar Panels
  Let’s assume we have a system with three of the following panels on a single series string:   Canadian Solar CS6P-255P 255W Poly Solar Panel   Panel Electrical Characteristics:...
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4/15/2016

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