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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


  • 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


  • What's Your Angle?: Calculating Ideal Panel Tilt

    Added by Brian Hansen on 12/14/2015

      The following is a general breakdown of ideal tilts based on what you’re trying to get out of the array: Year-round


  • 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


  • The Many Boxes of Solar

    Added by Brian Hansen on 10/07/2015

    There are many types of boxes used for various functions in PV applications.


  • Aluminum Vs. Copper

    Added by Adam Diehl on 10/05/2015

    Considering aluminum wiring for your PV installation?  It is widely known that the cost of copper is much greater than that of aluminum.


  • Using Aerial Imaging for Site Preparation

    Added by Eric Lorenz on 10/01/2015

    Solar integrators use all sorts of tools to complete the tasks that keep their businesses moving forward.  These include the obvious han


  • 50 States of Solar: North Carolina

    Added by Conor Walsh on 09/30/2015

    The solar market in North Carolina is by far one of the most active in both the Southeast region and the country.


  • Straightforward String Sizing

    Added by Brian Hansen on 09/20/2015

    When designing PV systems, it is essential to ensure that the voltage output of each series string is within the acceptable range for th


  • Evolution of Solar on Public Land

    Added by Conor Walsh on 09/16/2015

    Created in 1946 by President Truman, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) aims "to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity o


  • Understanding Maximum Power Points (MPP)

    Added by Brian Hansen on 09/07/2015

    Designing systems so that panels operate as closely as possible to their Maximum Power Point is critical to maximizing the performance o


  • Why is Energy Storage Such an Important Part of the Renewables Mix

    Added by Adam Diehl on 09/06/2015

    Energy storage has become a hot topic in the industry in the last couple of years, but what is it all about? To understand, lets


  • Impacts of High Solar Penetration on Wholesale Price Discovery

    Added by Conor Walsh on 08/21/2015

    High levels of solar PV penetration stand to upend electricity markets as we know them today.  In continuing our mini-series of “How Muc


  • String Layout for Shade Mitigation

    Added by Adam Diehl on 08/21/2015

    Shading within PV installations is sometimes unavoidable, so carefully planning around it is imperative in consideration of string sizin