Choose carefully when selecting a deep-cycle solar battery

There are several factors to consider when selecting a deep-cycle battery including battery chemistry type, cycle life, maintenance, application and price point. It’s important to select the right battery technology for your application in terms of battery maintenance. If a site is easily accessible, then deep-cycle flooded batteries are a good choice due to their

Speed up asphalt shingle installs through solar mounting innovation

Asphalt shingle roofs are the most common roofing style in America. They also are often the simplest roof style for installing solar—no tiles to lift, grind, accidently break or replace—but SolarRoofHook believes there are still opportunities to save time and money on these simple solar installations. Driving into wood One way to reduce install time

Give proper attention to solar wire management

Solar mounting systems are typically designed with one thing in mind: Get installers on and off the roof as fast as possible. One thing commonly overlooked by racking manufacturers is wire management. By integrating wire management into the solar racking system, not only are wires and cables protected from damage throughout the life of the

Consider location first when installing a solar string inverter

Location Choosing a proper location is a crucial step in a successful installation. Today’s solar equipment should last up to 20 years, and location plays a role in that lifetime. Although many inverter warranties are not voided by installing in direct sunlight, it is best practice to install in a location that provides the cleanest,

Follow the rules when installing solar AC cabling

ACPV systems use microinverters, which fully convert DC power to grid-compliant AC power at each PV module. One of the benefits of an ACPV system is that there is no high-voltage DC present. This reduces the need for code considerations and product functionality related to compliance with safety requirements for high-voltage DC circuits. It also

Comply with solar rapid shutdown requirements

NEC 2014 PV rapid shutdown requirements were added to NEC 2014 (690.12) to improve electrical and fire safety hazards for first responders. System conductors may remain energized even after the electrical service disconnect has been opened. To alleviate this risk, the NFPA has published specific requirements to de-energize conductors extending from a PV array. PV

Ensure your solar microinverter system is storage ready

When we host training for installers, we often hear, “Yes, our customers want battery storage, but haven’t budgeted for it,” or “Can storage be added later?” Make a point to ask your customers if they are considering adding battery storage in the near future. When looking at a PV system with microinverters, battery storage often

Get smart about solar monitoring

The world of solar PV monitoring is evolving from traditional data logging to a more sophisticated concept, including robust forecasting and energy management tools. Changes in net metering policies and incentives mean plant operators, now more than ever, must ensure and maintain high solar PV plant performance to get maximized returns on their solar investment.

Understand AC- and DC-coupled storage options

As the energy storage market grows rapidly, technology diversifies. Battery chemistry, PV integration and hardware layout are all critical factors to consider when managing customers expectations and ensuring their needs are met. System considerations For example, there are two ways solar is integrated with the energy storage system (ESS)—either AC- or DC-coupled. Each has strengths

Reference manufacturer recommendations before installing batteries

Proper installation, connection and ongoing care of your deep-cycle batteries will directly impact performance, amp-hour capacity and cycle life. When setting up a new bank of flooded lead-acid batteries, consider installation requirements and safety. In renewable energy applications, battery banks are often housed in utility rooms or battery boxes. Flooded batteries should not be installed