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SketchUp for solar- 3D modeling brings home the sun!

Site designs have been 2D for years, simple sketches that show where the solar array will be mounted to the house. That is normally effective and can give the general idea of what a solar system will look like installed … Continue reading

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Troubleshooting PV- for the Lazy (and frugal)!

“Happy MegaWatt Day” I didn’t realize it, but the solar system on our house recently produced one full Megawatt hour of electricity (1000 kwhs). I haven’t been tracking closely, but my friend has! I realized it when I got an … Continue reading

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Solar’s “Breaking Dawn”

Ok, I’m not much for Vampire movies. I’ll admit it. I have watched a few of them with my wife (to be social), and wouldn’t say that I was bored….. They just aren’t my movie preference. Of course, I would … Continue reading

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Data on Reliability of Inverters…

Enphase just released the numbers of reliability for string inverters versus microinverters.  The results are staggering. The data, collected separately and independently by Westinghouse Solar and SunEdison over a twoyear period from 2008 – 2010, show the reliability of microinverters is … Continue reading

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Enphase launches big!

Enphase has finally put their new generation of microinverters on the market. They have done it right.   With the new product they have fixed the two MAIN compaints that anyone has ever brought up against the micro-inverters. 1.  They … Continue reading

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27.8 kW Photovoltaic system for Christmas!

We  just put the finishing touches on a commercial photovoltaic system here in Cumberland County, TN.  It is the largest Photovoltaic system in Cumberland county and it uses Enphase Microinverters. We have 124 modules (we used Sharp 224w) and we … Continue reading

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Mighty MicroInverters make their Mark!

Producing a reliable, more efficient and less costly PV panel is an important step in making solar more competitive. But it is only part of the bigger picture, or the ‘balance of system’. An array of other components, including inverters, … Continue reading

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Largest PV site in Tennessee

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Will MY roof work for a PV solar system?

It depends on how much sun you have at your potential site! Of course each house is different, but here are some guidelines which will let you know if a photovoltaic system will work well on your house or business. … Continue reading

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Enphase System Installers Survey

Enphase recently tabulated the results of their first survey. This survey went out to installers who have installed at least one Enphase system. Newcomers and Veterans Agree on Enphase. Enphase has proven valuable to both solar first-timers and solar old-timers. … Continue reading

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