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Solar Distancing: How to add energy storage to a grid-tied solar PV system

Solar Distancing: How to add energy storage to a grid-tied solar PV system

March 31, 2020 at 5:15 pm Comments are Disabled

If a home already has an existing solar PV system, energy storage can be added as a retrofit via AC coupling — as long as you have the right inverter in place and understand the nuances. Ian McCluskey, Associate Product Manager for Outback Power, explains how to do it, andRead More

CPS inverter service techs now blanket the country. Photo: CPS.

Exclusive details on CPS America’s dedicated solar inverter O&M service

March 31, 2020 at 10:00 am Comments are Disabled

The concept of offering operations and maintenance (O&M) to solar asset holders is not new. A host of O&M companies now provide soup-to-nuts service for commercial and utility-scale PV plants. But none of these service providers is also an inverter manufacturer, much less one that offers a 99 percent inverterRead More

Solar Distancing: Difference between grid-dependent solar and grid-connected solar with storage

Solar Distancing: Difference between grid-dependent solar and grid-connected solar with storage

March 30, 2020 at 7:26 pm Comments are Disabled

What are the key differences between a grid-dependent solar system and a grid-connected system with storage? Which provides backup? And what does it mean for a system to be “flexible?” We are joined by Brian Lawrence, North American Sales Manager for Outback Power to answer those questions. Solar Distancing archiveRead More

High-efficiency solar installation photo, courtesy of Solaria and Solar Rising.

Series-parallel impact: Measuring the superior shade tolerance of Solaria PowerXT solar PV panels

March 30, 2020 at 12:09 pm Comments are Disabled

Solaria’s PowerXT panels are among the most technologically advanced residential solar panels. Key to its performance is its unique series-parallel cell interconnection structure, which can mitigate power loss in common shading conditions. The company went in-depth on the topic recently, publishing the results of internal shade tolerance testing it conductedRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 5: Basics of battery recycling

Solar Distancing, ep. 5: Basics of battery recycling

March 27, 2020 at 8:00 am Comments are Disabled

Eric Hill, energy storage and systems manager at Outback Power, joins us again to discuss what to do with batteries when they have reached end of life. Can you recycle them? Which kinds? And how do you go about doing that? Solar Distancing archive Episode 4: Battery charging and monitoringRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 4: Battery charging and monitoring basics for solar + storage

Solar Distancing, ep. 4: Battery charging and monitoring basics for solar + storage

March 26, 2020 at 9:31 am Comments are Disabled

We chat with Eric Hill, energy storage and systems manager at Outback Power, about what to consider when charging your battery bank (avoiding over and undercharges, understanding set points and why) and how homeowners or solar installers can monitor their batteries’ health. Solar Distancing archive Episode 3: How to sizeRead More

Seeking institutional financing for solar projects? Three things you need to know

Seeking institutional financing for solar projects? Three things you need to know

March 26, 2020 at 8:07 am Comments are Disabled

As solar becomes a top energy source for electricity generation in the U.S. and Europe, and capital costs to install renewable energy decline, institutional investors are starting to take notice. Renewable energy technology – and solar in particular – has made exponential gains in efficiency in recent years, enough toRead More

Emptying our coronavirus notebook: Solar ITC update, industry concerns and practical steps from here for installers, developers

Emptying our coronavirus notebook: Solar ITC update, industry concerns and practical steps from here for installers, developers

March 25, 2020 at 3:20 pm Comments are Disabled

Sheesh. The COVID-19 pandemic has left little time for the Solar Builder editorial staff (me) to keep up with and report on solar industry fallout and impacts while also keeping the rest of our editorial plans on the tracks (from home, of course) and launching a wacky new video idea.Read More

KACO 1500 volt inverter project in Norway

Yes or no: Should 1,500 volt solar inverters be installed on rooftops?

March 25, 2020 at 10:00 am 1 comment

As part of our 2020 Solar PV Inverter Buyer’s Guide, we asked manufacturers “Should 1,500 volt solar inverters be installed on rooftops?” Here is what they had to say. Should 1,500 volt solar inverters be installed on rooftops? Matt Marx, Strategic Marketing Manager at SMA: “No, because current code requirementsRead More

Solar Distancing, ep. 3: How to size a battery bank for your solar PV system

Solar Distancing, ep. 3: How to size a battery bank for your solar PV system

March 25, 2020 at 9:08 am Comments are Disabled

We chat with Eric Hill, energy storage and systems manager at Outback Power, about why sizing your home’s energy storage system properly is important, and then we get a quick lesson on how to size a system correctly. Solar Distancing archive Episode 2: What should solar installers work on duringRead More