Installer Support

  • Grid Tie Inverters  or Grid Tie Inverter in the PV System
Grid tied systems, also known as on-grid or grid-interactive, can both feed excess power to the utility grid and pull electricity from the grid when demand exceeds generation. Grid tied renewable...
Support Article
7/7/2010
  • Components of Off-Grid Systems
Off grid or autonomous solar systems are installed in remote locations where utility grid access is limited or impossible. It is also commonly employed in the areas where power grid access is...
Support Article
7/7/2010
  • Finding a Solar Job
With all the press coverage given to Climate Change, Power Shortages and advances in PV technology, the interest in solar jobs has been increasing dramatically. This would be an appropriate point to...
Support Article
7/8/2010
  • Solar Battery Bank, how to calculate battery capacity for solar system
Batteries are the key components of an off-grid renewable energy system such as remote cabins, homes, RVs and sailboats. Selecting the right number and type of batteries that match your needs is...
Support Article
7/7/2010
  • How to Size a Battery Pack 2
-continued from "How to Size a Battery Pack - Part 1" Once you know your average daily energy consumption (Wh), number of days of autonomy and the system voltage, you can start estimating the number...
Support Article
7/7/2010
  • How Solar Cells Work
The most common type of solar cell (the cell being the basic building block of the rooftop panel) is made of the common element Silicon. One of the reasons Silicon is used to generate electricity is...
Support Article
7/8/2010
  • Types of Solar Energy
There are really two "types" of solar energy and they are defined most simply by the way they're used. Active solar energy is solar energy that is used to either create electricity through the...
Support Article
7/8/2010
  • Using PV for Water and Space Heating
This is a common question and an unfortunate reminder of how little attention Solar Thermal collectors get. Solar thermal technology for domestic water heating is remarkably simple, reliable and...
Support Article
7/8/2010
  • How much does a solar system cost?
Well, the correct answer to that question is “it depends”. A photovoltaic solar system can cost as little as a few hundred dollars or as much as millions of dollars. Here is a quick table that shows...
Support Article
5/1/2017
  • tiered rates
Have you heard someone mention tiered electricity rates and wondered what on earth they are talking about? Well read on and we will tell you all you need to know to understand what they are and how...
Support Article
8/12/2010
  • Grid Tied System
With photovoltaic (PV) technology, you have two options:   The first, and more common, is installing a grid-tied system.  With this method, your home is connected to your local power lines.  The...
Support Article
8/12/2010
  • PACE Program | Property Assessed Clean Energy
Property tax assessment financing is a method of paying for a solar system by packaging the costs in with the homeowners property tax. The program is run through the local municipal government and...
Support Article
8/12/2010
  • Federal Solar Energy Incentives Frequently Asked Questions
1. If I receive a rebate for my system from my state or local government, does that reduce the basis on which I can claim the federal 30% ITC? A rebate received in a commercial context must usually...
Support Article
8/13/2010
  • Keeping PACE in Solar
One of the primary problems facing widespread adoption of solar has been the fact that Americans tend to sell their homes once every ten years or so.  A solar installation, on the other hand, usually...
Support Article
8/12/2010
  • Unirac Clicksys SolarMount-I Racking System
Racking and mounting can often be the most complicated portion of a solar PV system installation. The racking is the foundation of the system - it protects the modules, the roof and people over a...
Support Article
10/12/2010
  • Online Battery Bank Calculator Sizing Tool
CivicSolar launched two off-grid solar calculators last week. Here is a brief introduction on what you can do with the tools and how you can use them. 1) Battery Sizing Tool  The battery sizing tool...
Support Article
4/28/2011

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