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solar pv education 101

An introductory primer on the fundamentals of solar PV for beginners or for reference.

What are AC and DC Disconnects and Why Do You Need to Use Them?

Both AC and DC disconnects are required for most solar installations, so it’s important to understand how they work and why they’re needed. 

Bogdan ZlatkovBogdan Zlatkov

Quick Guide to Smart Modules

The smart module (also known as DC-optimized modules) has been increasing in popularity because of its benefits compared to traditional modules.

Sunny WangSunny Wang

How Does a Photovoltaic System Produce Electricity?

How does a photovoltaic system work? What components is it made of? And what factors affect how much energy it produces? Read on to find out this and more!

Christian BrownChristian Brown

The Beginner’s Guide to Solar Energy

What are the important must know facts about solar energy and the solar industry for beginners? Read on to find out.

Christian BrownChristian Brown

Reading Your Electricity Bill: A Beginner’s Guide

Electric bills provide valuable information to inform the process of installing solar, but most people don't fully understand them. We explain the nuances.

Trevor HouseTrevor House

How to Size a PV System from an Electricity Bill

How can beginners size rooftop solar array to completely offset an electricity bill? Find out by following our step-by-step guide on sizing any PV system.

Christian BrownChristian Brown

Shade Losses in PV Systems, and Techniques to Mitigate Them

Shadows cast on solar panels can reduce the energy production of the PV system by much more than you might think. Here's how you can boost the efficiency of your solar designs by controlling for the impacts of shading.

Christian BrownChristian Brown