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Ask an Expert: Inverter manufacturers give us their best troubleshooting advice

Ask an Expert: Inverter manufacturers give us their best troubleshooting advice

April 25, 2017 at 6:39 am 1 comment

Wi-Fi Can Cause Communication Issues Christopher Barrett, director of technical services, APsystems We often see issues our installers are facing related to communication, often due to misplacement of the gateway or an unreliable internet connection. Following best practices recommended by the manufacturer will help installers reduce repeat site visits toRead More

Top 5 battery installation issues for solar installers

Top 5 battery installation issues for solar installers

April 17, 2017 at 10:30 am Comments are Disabled

With the right installation, battery banks can provide reliable power for years. In this article, you’ll discover how to avoid costly, hard-to-diagnose battery installation mistakes, and you’ll learn a holistic approach that prevents costly errors long before installation. 1. Not Starting with Efficiency Each additional kWh of energy demand requiresRead More

A simpler method for purifying silicon could cut energy use in purification by two thirds. Photo credit: Silicor Materials.

How up-stream improvements in module manufacturing could impact the solar industry

April 13, 2017 at 9:00 am Comments are Disabled

Lower costs and a better environmental track record benefit the entire solar industry. Yet downstream solar is where cost reduction opportunities often seem the largest and where environmental sustainability pressures appear most acute. Developers are faced with a range of options for bringing down the cost of solar. They alsoRead More

Keys to inverter service: Data granularity, remote updates, customer relations

Keys to inverter service: Data granularity, remote updates, customer relations

April 10, 2017 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Services for solar inverters are improving markedly, from commissioning through replacement, as the flow of panel and string-level data becomes more granular, fueling more sophisticated monitoring systems. From string inverters at a commercial and industrial (C&I) level, to microinverters now dominant in the residential market, manufacturers are embracing dynamic improvementsRead More

2017 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

2017 Solar Inverter Buyer’s Guide

March 8, 2017 at 12:34 pm 9 comments

Inverters are the brains of the PV system, and if you want to tease out this metaphor (and I do), the comparison is deeper than just “the part that does the thinking.” Really, looking at the latest studies in neuroscience, you could flip the cliché — brains are maybe theRead More

Photo courtesy of APsystems.

Inverter experts explain how to best calculate levelized cost of energy

March 6, 2017 at 12:00 pm Comments are Disabled

Levelized cost of energy (LCOE) is one of the most important metrics used for judging the value of a PV system. It is also less easily understood and seemingly open to interpretation. How am I really calculating this figure? What is sitting outside this calculation? Ask five inverter companies, andRead More

 
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