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  • The Hidden Green in Earth Day

    Added by Conor Walsh on 1 day ago

    This Earth Day CivicSolar  took to the outside to enjoy the natural world in a variety of ways.   


  • NREL group releases publication to help standardize and improve solar asset transparency

    Added by Conor Walsh on 1 day ago

    By Chris Doyle, Chief Commercial Officer, Dividend Solar.


  • The Value of Solar Under a Buck

    Added by Michael Goldberg on 04/18/2016

        Earlier this year CivicSolar launched a promotion entitled Solar Under a Buck to much fan fair.


  • Sizing Charge Controllers and Combiner Boxes

    Added by Conor Walsh on 04/15/2016

      Let’s assume we have a system with three of the following panels on a single series string:   Canadian Solar C


  • Types of PV Racking Ground Mounts

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 04/04/2016

    Ground mounted solar arrays range in size from small residential <10 kW arrays to large utility solutions upwards of 1 MW and beyond.


  • Why the rise of string inverters?

    Added by Conor Walsh on 04/04/2016

      Although Tls found their start in the residential market, the advent of 20, 30 and 40+kW sizes has allowed these versatile uni


  • Recent Trends in the Valuation of Distributed Solar

    Added by Conor Walsh on 03/21/2016

    This evolving picture routinely delivers a combination of encouraging and sometimes disheartening developments.


  • Lead-Acid Battery Bank Frequently Asked Questions

    Added by Adam Diehl on 03/09/2016

        1) How often do I need to charge or "top off" my lead-acid batteries ?


  • Is It a Mix-Up?

    Added by Adam Diehl on 02/11/2016

    It is a common question we hear often at CivicSolar.  A customer has an assortment of modules they want to install in the same system.


  • Getting to Know Solar Loans

    Added by Conor Walsh on 02/11/2016

      As we have touched upon in past articles, the falling cost of solar is driving the revival of direct system ownership, and for

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  • How Does Solar Impact Your Home's Value?

    Added by Conor Walsh on 01/27/2016

    As solar incentives and net metering policy continue to evolve across the country discussion has, for the most part, centered on the v


  • Bolster Your Battery Banter!

    Added by Conor Walsh on 01/27/2016

      Types of Lead Acid Batteries (Wet / AGM / Gel)   Wet (aka Flooded)   Wet batteries are generally


  • Comparing Solar PV Ownership Models

    Added by Conor Walsh on 01/18/2016

    The majority of residential solar installations in the US fall into two buckets, direct and third-party ownership.  A PV system is consi


  • IronRidge Approves Use of Gatorshield Tubing

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 01/18/2016

    IronRidge has approved the use of a new structural tube for use with their Ground Mount system.  Allied Tube and Conduit’s Gatorshield t


  • What's Your Angle? Tips for Calculating Ideal Panel Tilt

    Added by Brian Hansen on 12/14/2015

    The following is a general breakdown of the ideal tilts to meet the energy demand you are hoping to get out of an array: Year-


  • AMP Up Your Electrical Knowledge with this Non-ReVOLTing Guide

    Added by Brian Hansen on 12/14/2015

    This article will cover the basic principles of voltage and amperage, essential elements of PV systems. Electricity flowing thro


  • ITC Alternatives

    Added by Conor Walsh on 12/14/2015

    Sunnova CEO John Berger broke ranks last week when he sent a letter to Congress detailing his belief that the solar industry is ready fo


  • Inverters: Sine Wave or Modified Sine Wave?

    Added by Adam Diehl on 11/17/2015

    Inverters: Sine Wave or Modified Sine Wave?   There are two basic topologies used when considering inverters: true sine


  • An Illuminating Primer on DC and AC Voltages

    Added by Brian Hansen on 11/17/2015

    ​On the input DC side, before the power is converted to AC by the inverter, we generally have two options: 600VDC or 1000VDC.


  • Scrap the Caps

    Added by Andrew Gildea on 11/16/2015

    As we approach the last few days before Massachusetts’s legislators adjourn for the year, many groups are headed to the Statehouse looki


  • Canadian Solar Capacity Expansion

    Added by Conor Walsh on 11/12/2015

    Hot on the heels of news that the industry may be in store for a wafer supply shortage Canadian Solar has announced plans for substant


  • Commercial Roof Flashing

    Added by Adam Diehl on 11/01/2015

    In the last article we discussed the importance of having a good roof flashing to protect your roof against water intrusion, thus sparin


  • The Northeast Power Vacuum

    Added by Conor Walsh on 10/18/2015

    After experiencing rapid growth in the 1970's, the development of nuclear power plants in the US has stalled.


  • The Future of Net Metering

    Added by Conor Walsh on 10/16/2015

    Hawaii continues to lead the US in the evolution and implementation of renewable energy policy.


  • Roof Flashings - Insurance for your Roof

    Added by Adam Diehl on 10/16/2015

    Protect your roof from water intrusion. Solar modules are designed to last decades, while our roofing may not be.  One of the ea