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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Two Ways To Get Amped, Three Ways To Get Charged

What do you get when you cross one partner's love for coffee and baking, with the other's can-do attitude and draw to renewable energy? A solar-powered café on wheels...

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6 Steps to Designing an Off-Grid Solar Power System

Are you interested in designing an off-grid solar system? Here are the 6 steps to get you started...

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6 Thoughts About Social Distancing and Self-Sufficiency from the Off-Grid Living Experts

As a company born out of the "back-to-the-land" movement that spawned in part from the uncertainty and social anxiety of the 1960s and 1970s, Real Goods has always championed the merits of self-sufficiency and facilitated making it available to anyone who wants to achieve it. From this position, we think it's worth noting a few things about the strange times we're living in now due to the corona virus...

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KiloVault Unveils PLC Advanced Pure Lead Carbon Batteries

KiloVault has unveiled its new deep-cycle AGM battery: the PLC 2100. The PLC (Pure Lead Carbon) is designed for optimum performance in Partial State of Charge (PSoC) applications...

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