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The Benefits of Partnering with a Distributor

The Benefits of Partnering with a Distributor

January 15, 2013 at 8:42 am 1 comment

In a fiercely cost-competitive market, it may seem counterintuitive to purchase solar products from a distributor. However, experienced solar professionals know that the right solar distributor can be a key partner in success and provide risk protection, buying power and market guidance. This support is critical in allowing installers andRead More

The Evolution of the Combiner Box

The Evolution of the Combiner Box

January 15, 2013 at 8:40 am Comments are Disabled

Combiner boxes enhance safety and improve performance for solar installations. By Brendan Foley As the PV industry has grown and evolved, so too have many of the components found in solar installations. This is especially evident in the combiner box, which aggregates DC source circuits into a single circuit andRead More

Rudolph/Libbe completed a 98-kW installation at the Toledo Zoo in 2010. The project spotlights the local community, focusing on Toledo’s nickname “Glass City” while also promoting sustainability.

Cloudy With a Chance of Solar Power

November 15, 2012 at 9:20 am 1 comment

Ohio contractor Rudolph/Libbe uses its construction knowledge to grow the solar market throughout the region. A Nile hippopotamus gives birth underwater for the first time on camera, not in Africa, but in Ohio? Not the strongest association with the Buckeye State, but it did happen. The Toledo Zoo’s Hippoquarium wasRead More

Bigger and Better

Bigger and Better

November 15, 2012 at 9:16 am 1 comment

The 1,000-volt inverter has officially been certified for more than a year, providing ample opportunities for larger and cheaper solar farms. A little more than a year ago, North America was introduced to the solar industry’s new star — the 1,000-volt inverter. The product, first presented by American Electric TechnologiesRead More

String inverters are usually mounted on a wall easily accessible for repairs if a string goes down.

Choosing the Right Inverter

November 15, 2012 at 9:15 am Comments are Disabled

String inverters and microinverters both come with their pros and cons. Determining which is best for a residential or small commercial project really comes down to customer preference. Inverter manufacturers definitely consider each other competitors, but they’re colleagues all the same in the fight to take the solar industry toRead More

What is Next?

What is Next?

November 15, 2012 at 9:11 am Comments are Disabled

The PV industry keeps growing, as does the demand for better inverter technologies. The news that the Americas PV market more than doubled the first half of 2012 comes as no surprise — panel prices continue to fall and installations are on the rise. With this massive increase in capacityRead More

Understanding a PPA

Understanding a PPA

November 15, 2012 at 9:10 am Comments are Disabled

Power purchase agreements make buying solar energy more cost-effective for customers and a better fit in their future plans. Knowing how to approach them encourages building better projects. For decades, businesses and homeowners alike have installed solar panels on their roofs and begun generating their own power to offset theirRead More

Cable Management

Cable Management

November 15, 2012 at 9:01 am Comments are Disabled

There’s nothing worse than a sleek solar power system with wires sticking out all over the place. A cable management solution for microinverter installations takes care of that problem. By Mike Levesque With the growing strength of the renewable energy movement, the principles of economic theory continue to influence theRead More

Guaranteeing Solar Warranties

Guaranteeing Solar Warranties

November 15, 2012 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Reassurance that investments in solar will be protected long-term is what grows the industry. By David A. Schroeder and Jeanne Schwartz Equipment warranties are becoming as critical as the sun for solar project development. This idea may seem counterintuitive based on typical 20- to 25-year lifespan of solar projects, butRead More

From the Gridiron to the Electric Grid

From the Gridiron to the Electric Grid

September 4, 2012 at 9:10 am 1 comment

Installing solar power systems at NFL stadiums provide both cost savings and great public relations opportunities for everyone involved. 

 
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