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Difference between DIY Solar and Portable Solar Kits

Solar Plus Technologies

Many solar terms can be confusing to newcomers to the industry. What is DIY solar? What are portable solar kits? Are they the same thing? If not, how do they differ? These are all valid questions and ones that can be difficult to find an answer to with a simple internet search. To help potential […]

Adding Battery to Existing Solar

Battery Backup

Many homeowners will purchase battery backup during the solar installation period. It saves time to have it installed in your home around the same time as the solar panels themselves. However, sometimes a homeowner isn’t interested in battery backup at the time that they decide to go solar.  Not every homeowner will purchase solar and […]

Microinverters and Central Inverters: Key Differences

Inverters & Monitoring

An inverter switches the direct current (DC) generated by the solar panel into an alternating current (AC). The inverter then sends the AC to the house, allowing it to power your lights, fridge, air conditioner, and more. Power generated from solar doesn’t work without an inverter because the outlets in our homes use AC. The […]

3 Main Types of Inverters: Function and Ideal Solar Application

Inverters & Monitoring

When looking for a solar inverter, there are three inverter waveform options. These include sine wave, otherwise known as a pure or true wave, modified sine wave and square wave. Most experts recommend using a pure sine wave for solar applications. Discover why in this blog post. This post goes over each waveform so you […]

Why Lithium-Ion Solar Batteries Are Best

Battery Backup

Many homeowners are interested in adding battery backup to their solar installation. Battery backup brings peace of mind for potential power outages or grid failures. They can power your home during bad weather or at night, giving you complete independence from the grid. However, trying to figure out what battery type is best for your home […]

Home Generators vs Solar Batteries

Battery Backup

More homeowners are shopping for home generators or solar battery-backup systems amid a rise in severe storms, power outages, and grid shutdowns. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, emergency preparedness has become top-of-mind for both normal homeowners and solar-powered homeowners alike. Home generators powered by diesel fuel, propane, or natural gas can keep refrigerated food from […]

Will Solar Batteries Continue Working During Long Outages?

Battery Backup

Will solar batteries continue working during prolonged outages? The short answer: it depends. The capacity of the solar battery and a homeowner’s electricity needs determine a battery’s staying power. In any case, investing in a solar battery means less reliance on the grid. Why Solar Homes Need Battery Backup During a power outage, the electrical […]

Critter Guards for Your Solar Panels

Solar Plus Technologies

Home solar panels typically are mounted only a few inches from the roof. While this gap allows air to circulate under the panels to prevent the array from overheating, it also can attract pesky critters. Do You Need a Critter Guard? Critter guards are not essential, but they have proven helpful in protecting homeowners’ solar […]

Overcoming DC Optimization Challenges

Inverters & Monitoring

Solar panels produce direct current (DC) electricity from the sun, but homes in the United States don’t run on DC; they run on alternating current (AC). To power a home, DC needs to invert to AC power. The inverter is the part of the solar equipment that completes this function. Why String Inverters Need Optimization If […]

Why COVID-19 is Turning Homeowners to Solar Energy

Emergency Preparedness

Although COVID-19 has negatively impacted the global economic climate since March this year, the downturn has not gone without its valuable lessons. At the very least, this pandemic has made it clear which forms of energy will sustain our future. With the uncertainty COVID-19 and future pandemics bring to our energy infrastructure, homeowners are in a […]

Benefits of Portable Panels and Batteries

Battery Backup

A home already powered by residential solar may not seem like it needs to add portable solar panels to the mix. However, portable panels complement standard home solar arrays quite well. While residential solar provides the electricity needed to power homes, portable solar panels mobilize the scale of solar’s potential, prolonging the life of portable […]

Monofacial Versus Bifacial Monocrystalline Panels

Learn Solar Panels

Solar panels determine how much energy a solar array absorbs. A solar panel rated for 200 watts can’t produce more than 200 watts of electricity per hour. As time has progressed, solar panels have become more robust. The average electrical output of solar panels ranges between 250 and 400 watts. These solar panels have an […]

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