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Solar Queen Amy Beaudet of the altE Store and YouTube Fame Dies at 55

Beloved solar energy communicator and educator Amy Beaudet has passed away, but leaves a legacy of making renewable energy projects do-able with her engaging, simple style and informative YouTube videos...

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U.S. Federal Solar Panel Tax Credit Will Shrink in 2021

Update: As part of the U.S. government's federal spending package signed on 12/28/20, the Solar ITC stepdown has been delayed until 2023! This means all applicable solar panel systems installed in 2021 and 2022 will receive a 26% tax credit instead of 22%. The stepdown to 22% is now scheduled to take effect in 2023.

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Why You Should Upgrade to Lithium Batteries for RV/Marine

Is using lithium batteries in boats, campers, and RVs really the best way to go despite the higher upfront cost? When taking into account depth of discharge, cycle count, charge/discharge rate, physical specs, temperature conditions, maintenance, and safety, the answer is undeniably "yes"...

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Real Goods' Acquisition by the altE Store: 1 Year Later

It's now been a full year since Real Goods was acquired by the Massachusetts-based altE Store, and what a year it's been! While there's still work to be done, the results have already been speaking for themselves...

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NEC 690.12 Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings Part 2: Charge Controllers

For Part 2 of our Rapid Shutdown Series (RSD) blog, we are going to discuss RSD options for charge controllers. As there were initially very few options when the code was released in 2014 that provided the required shutdown at the solar panels' output (module level shutdown), with charge controllers, the code was not always enforced...

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NEC 690.12 Rapid Shutdown of PV Systems on Buildings Part 1: Inverters

The National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for solar PV system rapid shutdown were introduced in 2014, but if you haven't been keeping up since then, we're going to explain here how rapid shutdown for PV systems has evolved over the last six years...

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