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Why You Shouldn’t Use Solar Connectors From Different Manufactures Together

By: Brian Mills, Product Manager of Photovoltaics for Multi-Contact North America The practice of claiming one’s PV connector is acceptable for cross-mating to that of another company’s connector has unfortunately become alarmingly common place. For the sake of clarity, “cross-mating” refers to the plugging of two connector halves of a different type or from different

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Perovskite: Next Big Thing In Thin-Film Solar Cells?

A new kind of chemistry could cut costs and boost efficiency in thin-film PV. By Leland Teschler, Executive Editor Researchers are saying that the use of what’s called a perovskite-structure semiconductor could dramatically lower the cost of producing thin-film solar cells. The reason: Perovskite-based cells can be processed at much lower temperatures than ordinary PV cells. Moreover,

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Eaton’s Offers Circuit Protection For Solar Projects Of All Sizes

Eaton’s Circuit Protection division aims to help OEMs, contractors and system owners protect vital PV power systems by offering a complete range of reliable solar circuit protection solutions. The solutions can help customers in commercial, utility and residential solar segments reduce installation costs, maintain reliable operations, help enhance safety and maximize energy harvested. Eaton is

Alissa Jean Schafer, CITEL

When Lightning Strikes Twice, Is Your Solar Project Safe?

You know the saying “Lightning never strikes twice?” Turns out, it’s a myth. Lightning can strike twice, three times or even more. It also has some favorite targets, with photovoltaic (PV) systems — including combiner boxes, inverters and datalines — at the top of the list. The increased risk for lightning strikes close to PV

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ILSCO Expands Aluminum Compression Connector Line

ILSCO, an electrical connector manufacturer, recently added new configurations to its Aluminum Compression connector line, 1-hole standard tang (Type ALNS), 2-hole standard tang (ALND) and narrow tang 1-hole and 2-hole (ALNN). SureCrimp aluminum compression connectors are available in 1-hole and 2-hole tang configurations with a variety of bolt hole sizes and spacing to suit your

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Detecting Arcs While Minimizing Nuisance Trips

The Sensata PVAF family of solar arc fault detectors allows PV solar inverter and combiner box manufacturers to develop National Electric Code (NEC) 2011-compliant equipment. The PVAF family is a series of UL 1699B-recognized, pre-integrated arc detection solutions for use in solar inverters or combiner boxes on new arrays, or retrofit boxes on existing arrays.

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The Solar Revolution Comes To Boston As PV America Shines

By Frank Andorka, Editorial Director Amid a potentially landmark compromise between the Massachusetts solar industry and its utilities to further the industry’s interests in the state, PV America descended on Boston’s convention center, filled with optimism and excitement for the future of the solar industry. The only cloud in the sunny skies above the city

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S&C Rapidly Completes Collection-Point Substation For Solar Farm In Hawaii

Connecting renewable energy plants to the grid is vital for U.S. states like Hawaii that have renewable portfolio standards. Hawaii aims to have renewable energy sources provide 40 percent of the state’s electricity by December 31, 2030. The developer of a 5-MW Solar Farm in Oahu sought to have their plant constructed and operational in

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Power Players: The Midwest Solar Expo Brings Best Minds

  The Midwest Solar Expo last month provided an opportunity for the top minds in the region to meet and talk about what challenges they faced in their own states and how they could band together to help each other expand the solar market. It featured nationally known speakers like Jigar Shah of Jigar Shah Consulting, Jeff

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CITEL To Exhibit 2016-Ready Surge Protective Devices At Intersolar NA

Photovoltaic systems are highly exposed and vulnerable to lightning storms and power surges. A PV system that is not equipped with surge protection can be severely damaged or even destroyed in the case of an overvoltage such as one that would be caused by a lightning strike. Not only are the panels themselves targets for