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Beyond code: Safety advice for installing solar PV DC connectors and cables

Beyond code: Safety advice for installing solar PV DC connectors and cables

March 19, 2020 at 9:00 am 0 comments

  As multiple data collection shows, DC cabling is 1% of the total project cost, but it is also the number one source of technical failures in PV projects and greatly affects the LCOE and safety of your project. Stäubli would like to share our 20 years of experience inRead More

Rapid Shutdown NEC 2017: There are more options than you think

Rapid Shutdown NEC 2017: There are more options than you think

March 18, 2020 at 10:54 am 0 comments

With the provisions of National Electrical Code (NEC) 2017 article 690.12 now being applied in over 30 states and growing (and which we re-examined this week), many suppliers and contractors are struggling to determine which Rapid Shutdown Devices (RSD) on the market are compliant and compatible with the modules andRead More

Peak Protection: Right-size overcurrent protection to ensure equipment reliability

Peak Protection: Right-size overcurrent protection to ensure equipment reliability

March 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

The use of solar string inverters impacts AC collection systems across commercial, industrial and utility-scale solar PV projects. If peak solar project operating conditions are ignored when sizing the AC collection system, it can lead to equipment overheating, nuisance tripping, system failure and reduced power generation. Adding complexity to theRead More

HellermanTyton's Solar Locking Clamp.

Beyond code: The effects of cost cutting in racking, modules on wire management

March 16, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

When we talk about wire management and the code, it is easy to meet the basics of the NEC: neat and orderly, secured every 2 to 4 feet, proper bend radius, among others. But meeting the basics of the NEC tells a completely different story than having and executing aRead More

Snake Tray Solar Snake Max

A Breath of Free Air: Let’s talk about above-grade cable management for large ground mounts

March 6, 2020 at 1:47 pm 0 comments

Solar is the new “cash crop” for landowners who have had land for agricultural uses for generations, but now cannot yield traditional crops due to topsoil degradation. This type of site often consists of a few inches of topsoil below grade and afterwards a mix of shale rock, bedrock andRead More

Specs for a new line of NEMA 4X, non-metallic enclosures from Fibox

Specs for a new line of NEMA 4X, non-metallic enclosures from Fibox

March 2, 2020 at 10:39 am 0 comments

Aptly named, the TEMPO series from Fibox keeps up with the pulse of today’s market to provide a convenient and speedy enclosing solution for controls and components.  The large cover offers ample real estate for printing, labels or switches. The water tight box keeps components dry and dust free, thanksRead More

GENIUS smart electric panels approved for revenue grade metering in Canada

GENIUS smart electric panels approved for revenue grade metering in Canada

February 25, 2020 at 8:30 am 1 comment

Measurement Canada and Weights & Measures has approved the revenue grade metering for GENIUS, a smart panel from Koben Systems. With over 10 years of R&D, GENIUS is a stealth technology for plug-and-play all-in-one solutions. GENIUS enables the convergence of renewable resources for on-grid or off-grid applications under one unified energyRead More

Typical 1500V array-powered DC/DC converter with 24V DC output.

How array-powered DC-DC converters reduce capital costs for PV monitoring

February 18, 2020 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Solar arrays, particularly utility-scale and commercial and industrial (C&I) installations, collect a significant amount of data for efficient asset management and qualitative operational metrics such as performance ratio. A substantial amount of this data can be collected from inverters and substations with easy access to AC power and communications. However,Read More

SMA is promoting a large-scale medium voltage power station in the Americas

SMA is promoting a large-scale medium voltage power station in the Americas

February 6, 2020 at 7:20 pm 0 comments

SMA America has launched the Medium Voltage Power Station (MVPS) to the Americas market. This solution is the first time a fully containerized, turnkey system has been offered stateside. SMA believes this is also represents the industry’s only large-scale medium voltage PV power conversion station UL 1741 listed as aRead More

Solar PV eBOS Buyer’s Guide 2020

Solar PV eBOS Buyer’s Guide 2020

February 5, 2020 at 8:00 am 0 comments

We asked wire management and electrical component providers to tell us about their latest and greatest products (inverters will be broken out into their own Buyer’s Guide next month). Trends in eBOS components right now include AC combiners, above ground cable management and heavy-duty clamps. Check them all out below.Read More