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What to Know as Solar Panel Sizes Get Larger

Over the past three decades, solar panels have gotten much bigger - bigger in popularity and mainstream adoption, bigger in power output, and bigger in physical size. Overall, this has been good news for off-gridders and renewable energy enthusiasts because it's meant that solar has been able to...

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Can Solar Panels be Recycled?

Solar panels are so long-lasting that you may not have ever considered what to do with them at the end of their lives. But nothing lasts forever, and solar panels are made from recyclable materials – glass, aluminum, copper, and others - so can solar panels be recycled?

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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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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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