Monthly Archives: March 2010

What does PV really cost?

Solar Today (an excellent magazine focused on Solar energy) just ran an article going into the real costs of a Photovoltaic system.  It is short and sweet with some good insights. http://www.solartoday-digital.org/solartoday/201004#pg58 The conclusion is that”….in the case of solar, … Continue reading

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DIY Solar Installation in Maine

Guy Marsden is a fascinating fellow who decided to use an enphase microinverter system to energize his barn. He chronicles the whole process on his website: http://www.arttec.net/SolarPower/index.htm You can see the trouble he went through as an “early” installer of … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Home Energy Magazine

HomePower has been around for years and is the standard place for GOOD information on Solar Energy. If you are new to the field or are interested in getting educated to the opportunities in Solar Energy go on over and … Continue reading

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How Efficient is our electrical “grid”?

Answer:  Unbelievably In-efficient! Take a look at the following chart for the total energy usage of the USA in 2008.  This is public knowledge and easily accessible. You will notice that the US burned fuel to create 40 quads worth … Continue reading

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QuickMount PV Flashing

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The cost of PV systems is Dropping

Standard and Poor’s has released an article analyzing the PV solar  market in the USA and has concluded that the prices are dropping (and approaching  grid parity). “Grid parity” is the holy grail target of the PV market, because at … Continue reading

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MicroInverters vs. Central Inverters

Our Friends over at RenewableEnergyWorld.com have been putting out a solid podcast and one of their podcasts focuses on the advantages and disadvantages of microinverters vs. central inverters for photovoltaic systems. All of the contributors realize that micro-inverters have made … Continue reading

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ClickSys Unirac PV Mounting System Makes it easy!

Unirac ClickSys Mounting System This unique mounting system has roared onto the scene and done a couple of things.  It has decreased the installation time (by making the process simpler and easier).  It has also decreased the installation price (by … Continue reading

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