Monthly Archives: June 2011

Solar Power 101: Solar arrays

Many people contact me each month and want to power their all-electric four-bedroom home with three or four solar modules. I am going to use Part 4, the final installment of our Solar Power 101 series of articles, to dispel … Continue reading

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Solar Power 101: Inverters

Since all solar photovoltaic modules generate DC electricity, unless all of the lights and appliances being powered are DC, an alternative energy power system will need to include an inverter. This device is used to convert the DC electricity from … Continue reading

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Solar Power 101 Batteries, Part II

This is Part 2 of a two-part discussion on battery storage systems. Most solar or generator based backup and off-grid power systems will require a battery bank to store energy for use later when the sun is not shinning or … Continue reading

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Solar Power 101: Batteries

I am getting numerous requests from readers wanting very specific guidance on how to install their own solar electric systems. Many have already found that this process is a little like trying to build an automobile by purchasing parts from … Continue reading

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A solar primer 101

Buying a solar power system is not like buying a kitchen appliance or power tool. These, unlike a solar system, have published capacity and performance data that does not change with each hour of day or geographic location. In some … Continue reading

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