Here are 7 quick tips to stay safe when installing your PV system. You should also review the OSHA requirements for solar installers to prevent injuries.
Starting January 1, 2018, the NEC 2017 690.12 module-level shutdown requirements will go into effect. NEC 2017 is in effect in 26 states, so make sure whether or not your state is affected by this.
How can I make a manually operated 3 solar panel system without using an envoy? I have already own 3, Enphase M250 Micro-inverters and 3, SMX-255p Solar Panels, I just need to manually control it in emergencies if the city grid goes out?
At the start of 2018, the United States enacted tariffs that affected the solar industry. Here’s what you need to know about these tariffs and how they impact you.
Here’s what you need to know about disposing of and recycling solar panels, whether you’ve had your panels since before solar was cool and now they need to be upgraded, or you have damaged modules that you don’t know what do with.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA ) has developed a set of standards regarding fall protection as a way to prevent work-related injuries and deaths. If you run a solar installation company, these are important to be aware of because it is your responsibility to ensure a safe workplace.
Looking into a career as a solar installer? The process to become a solar installer mostly depends on where an individual wants to install residential solar systems. Becoming a solar energy professional sometimes requires a state license specific to solar, or it may require an electrician's license.
On September 27, 2018 Governor Brown signed SB 700 into law, taking effect January 1, 2019! This means that an additional $800 million in funding for the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) has been extended by an additional 5 years, until 2026.
Rule 21 has been in effect in California since September 2017. As of July 26th, 2018, inverters installed in California will now require the reactive power priority (RPP) setting to be activated as the default Volt/Var function. All Rule 21 inverters should have this setting.
A recent round of tariffs on goods imported from China is currently affecting the U.S. Solar Inverter market. Here's how the tariff is affecting inverters.
What is California’s Rule 21? California’s new Electric Rule 21 implements greater interconnectivity between solar inverters and utility distribution centers to ensure a safer, more reliable grid. Following California's lead, Massachusetts is implementing their own version of the Rule 21 now.
California Rule 21 Overview: This September California state will implement "smart inverter" requirements for all power producing systems. Learn more about Rule 21 in this short video!
Fortunately, since the early days of solar, residential inverters have been require to "anti-island" automatically if they detect the grid is down. They will completely de-energize the system and isolate the solar in that case.
What does this mean for solar installers and home owners looking to go solar? How will this tariff affect solar panel prices? Which solar manufacturers won't be affected by this tariff? We'll provide insight into what this solar tariff means for you.
Self-Generation Incentive Program SGIP Step 3 Budgets Open in CSE and SCE Program Territories on January 11, 2018
On January 11, 2018, the Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) will open the Step 3 budgets for the following territories and budget categories: SDG&E customers & Southern California Edison
Effective July 1st, 2018 the standard three-foot setback rule will be changed in California. The goal of this adjustment is to increase the amount of solar one can fit on the roof, while maintaining fire safety requirements.
California Energy Commission (CEC) unanimously agreed 5 - 0 to require solar on all new homes in California starting in 2020. This marks a historic step in clean energy, making California the first state to require solar panels on nearly all new homes
The Enphase IQ series microinverters are rated for Rule 21. However, you should check to make sure that the Enphase IQ Envoy you have has the most up to date software to ensure that the Rule 21 functionality is active.