Solar Inverters: String Inverter vs. Microinverter vs. Power Optimizer

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When choosing from different solar panel options, the type of inverter you select is crucial to overall performance. Solar inverters convert the direct current (DC) energy that solar panels generate into more compatible alternating current (AC) energy that powers the building. Depending on your specific needs, you can choose from three main types of inverters, […]

How to Design a Solar PV System

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Compared to many traditional power generation solutions (e.g., combustion systems), solar photovoltaic (PV) systems are more eco-friendly. However, they must be designed and constructed properly to produce enough electricity for the intended application. Otherwise, they may not work effectively and/or efficiently.  Given the numerous factors that must be considered when designing and constructing a solar […]

Choosing the Best Solar Array Tilt Angle for Energy Output

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To get the most power out of a solar photovoltaic system, you have to position the solar panel or solar array so it points or “orientates” directly at the sun. Properly adjusting a static mounted photovoltaic solar system can result in 10% to 40% more power output, which considerably reduces the time it takes to […]

How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

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The life expectancy of solar panels can vary depending on numerous factors, including quality and material type. As solar panels almost never have moving parts, breakdowns due to wear and tear are exceedingly rare. Instead, a solar panel’s lifespan is largely influenced by how rapidly its chemicals degrade over time. Good quality solar panels will […]

How to Determine the Cost, Size, and Suitability of a PV Solar System

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Photovoltaic (PV) solar systems collect sunlight and convert it into electricity. While they serve as a more environmentally friendly energy generation solution, their historically low energy efficiency rates and high installation costs (compared to coal and gas systems) discouraged many people from investing in them. Regarding the second point, however, recent improvements to solar energy […]

Components of a Solar Panel System

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Solar panel electric systems offer an environmentally friendly, renewable method of energy generation. They are relatively low-maintenance and convert sunlight into electrical energy through solar panels. A wide variety of solar systems range in size, complexity, and durability across different climates. Solar panel electric systems are increasingly popular across myriad residential, commercial, utility, and industrial […]