Why Solar Racking and Mounting Systems Are Important

Why Solar Racking and Mounting Systems Are Important

The main issues for racking systems are whether attaching the panels to the roof will allow moisture to seep in through the roof penetration as well as if the racking will be strong enough to be able to handle the weight of the panels. This is especially important considering that extra weight stress is added to the panels during periods of high wind.…

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Should You Install A Tracking System For Your Solar Energy System?

Should You Install A Tracking System For Your Solar Energy System?

Would a tracking system for solar panels be helpful and would it be cost-effective to install? These are questions we are going to answer. First, why would a tracking system be necessary in the first place? Why wouldn't you just install your panels in a fixed position and leave it alone? To answer why a tracking system produces more electricity, we have to understand the movement of the sun across the sky and why it matters.…

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Inverters Are The Second Most Important Part of A Solar Energy System

Inverters Are The Second Most Important Part of A Solar Energy System

Modern home appliances, lights, computers, pretty much everything that uses electricity uses it in the form of alternating current (AC) electricity. Solar panels produce direct current (DC) electricity. This DC form has to be converted into AC form or your electrical devices will not be able to run. An inverter is an electrical device that performs the conversion. Next to the panels, it is the second-most important part of a solar energy system.…

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Module-Level Power Electronics – An Update

Module-Level Power Electronics – An Update

The Solar PV market is experiencing significant growth across the world. Competition forces the continuous development of new technologies to increase system performance and return on investment (ROI) for project owners. Module-Level Power Electronics (MLPE) is a very active sector that complements solar panel developments by improving the output of each panel over time. In regions like Ohio, squeezing every ounce from the available sunshine is critical. We look at two advancements, the use of microinverters and power optimizers, and focus mostly in residential applications. The advantages and benefits from using either microinverters or power optimizers are measured in the most important way to the owner – the PV system production over time. There are features that distinguish each design, and this gives system installers much greater flexibility to meet your economic and sustainability goals. Many suppliers offer prepacked units under the label “smart modules”. The popularity of MLPE is clear. In 2013 alone, more than half of the U.S. residential solar installations took advantage of one of these designs.…

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Best Mounting Solution for Solar Installation

Best Mounting Solution for Solar Installation

You have decided that solar is the way to go for you and your family. You shopped for panels and found a system you are comfortable with and are set to make your home energy-efficient and ecologically responsible…now comes the big decision.…

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