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AC vs. DC Coupling: New Solar + Storage Systems and Retrofitting Existing Systems with Energy Storage

AC or DC coupling refers to the way in which solar panels are coupled with and interact with a battery system. A hotly debated topic among solar installers today is whether AC or DC coupling is the best approach for solar+storage installations and retrofits. The truth is there really is no right or wrong answer.

By |September 19th, 2022|Battery Backup, Learn|0 Comments

Solar and Storage Today- with EcoDirect: Episode 01 – Sol-Ark and HomeGrid

Episode 1 • January 20th, 2022 • Solar and Storage Today • EcoDirect

By |January 25th, 2022|Battery Backup, Equipment, Learn|Comments Off on Solar and Storage Today- with EcoDirect: Episode 01 – Sol-Ark and HomeGrid

Produce your own power with or without
the utility grid.

What you need to know before adding storage to a new, existing, or a buildable net-metered system! Adding storage to your grid-tie PV system allows you to power your home with or without the utility grid present. With storage as part of your home energy system you will continue to have power even when utility disruptions occur. Grid-Tie PV systems only produce power when the utility grid is detected.

By |October 27th, 2021|Learn|Comments Off on Produce your own power with or without
the utility grid.

Net Metering & Battery Storage

How does NEM (Net Energy Metering) Work? Your PV System size is designed, based on your current consumption and may include future loads like EV for expandability. Your solar system produces power and feeds (power) all the loads that are on in your house first. If all the electrical needs in the house are met and

By |August 30th, 2021|Battery Backup, Learn|Comments Off on Net Metering & Battery Storage

Pricing Increases – Renewable Energy

Notice to our customers about increasing pricing: Enphase IQ series microinverter costs are increasing 6% this month. We will honor existing pricing through the end of July. Pricing increase will be effective August 1st 2021. All orders must ship by July 31st to qualify for the reduced pricing. Ask your sales representative for more details.

By |July 7th, 2021|Learn|Comments Off on Pricing Increases – Renewable Energy

Generac PWRcell: The Intelligent Energy Storage System

The Generac battery back-up system integrates solar power generation for utility off-set with a battery back-up system that will power a few loads during an outage or help off-set your peak time of use rates.

By |May 20th, 2020|Battery Backup, Learn, Off-Grid|Comments Off on Generac PWRcell: The Intelligent Energy Storage System

Top 6 Reasons to Go Solar in 2019

Thinking about going solar for this 2019 year?  There is no better time than the present. We have put together some of the most compelling reasons to go solar in 2019.  Take a look and see how many of them resonate with you! 2019 is the last year the Federal Tax credit will offer you

By |January 8th, 2019|Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency, Learn|Comments Off on Top 6 Reasons to Go Solar in 2019

Top Batteries for Solar Energy Storage

Lithium-Ion vs. Lead-Acid Batteries Lithium-ion batteries are trending in the energy storage market. These reliable batteries are popular for several reasons including further depth of discharge, higher cycle life and longer overall lifetime expectancy.

By |September 6th, 2018|Battery Backup, Equipment, Learn|Comments Off on Top Batteries for Solar Energy Storage

Charge Controller Sizing  – PWM and MPPT

PWM Charge Controller Sizing Solar panels that are the same “nominal” voltage of your battery bank use PWM style charge controllers since the input voltage is close enough to that of your battery bank to allow proper charging without overcharging the cells. The short method for sizing a PWM style charge controller is to take

By |March 2nd, 2018|DIY Solar Panel Kits, Equipment, Helpful Solar Links, Learn, Off-Grid, Renewable Energy Articles|Comments Off on Charge Controller Sizing  – PWM and MPPT

How to Start Building Your Off-Grid System

You have read Home Power Magazine and their articles on off-grid living, helped your friend install his solar panels on his RV and are thinking about building your own cabin in the woods where there is no utility power. What do you need to know to be able to build your own off-grid home to support your simple, yet semi-electronic lifestyle? This article will tell you what you need to know before designing your off-grid home, what considerations to take into account and how you go about creating your own bill of materials to get started.

By |November 1st, 2017|Learn, Renewable Energy Articles|Comments Off on How to Start Building Your Off-Grid System