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Sanyo Introduces New HIT Solar Panel

Sanyo Energy a leader in manufacturing high efficiency solar panels released a new Power Series solar panel featuring Sanyo’s HIT technology. The new technological improvements includes higher light to electricity conversion efficiency, less vulnerability to high temperatures and improved solar panel construction make the Sanyo HIT power panels among the most efficient solar panels out on the market today. According to Yoshinori Kaido, Vice President of Sanyo’s Solar Division, “With the new HIT Power® series, we will be able to provide more solar power generation per square foot, and flexibility in varying environments, including areas with high monthly average temperatures. With a more robust design and other improvements, such as adaptations to allow easier and cleaner installation, the new series will benefit any involved in the installation, especially people in areas with performance based incentives, renewable energy credits and those seeking a quick return on their investment.” The acronym HIT stands for Heterojunction with Intrinsic Thin-layer, the Sanyo solar cells are hybrid made up of single crystalline silicon wafers surrounded by ultra-thin amorphous silicon layers, this unique structure of the solar cell produces highly efficient solar cells capable of reaching 22.3% light conversion efficiency. Customers generate more watts per square foot when they choose Sanyo solar panels. The new HIT Power Series limited warranty has been upgraded from 2 to 5 years! Sanyo HIT Solar panels also perform 10% better compared to other panels in temperatures over 75 degrees, thus generating more kWh (kilowatt hours) year round in warmer geographical locations.SANYO’s HIT Power series new features: Improved performance in hot temperature areas Easier installation More robust with new frame structure Dual ground hole options New wire management features Additional mounting holes 5 year limited product workmanship warranty Higher solar panel efficiency Increased static load capability of 60PSF MC4 locking connectors for added safety USE2 cables with more insulation for added safety Frame height permitting interchangeable...

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Meet the ElectraWall by Solaroad

The ElectraWall by Solaroad Technologies is a very unique product that collects and stores energy from various outdoor locations. The system is completely self contained and has a built in battery storage capability. Made out of recycled materials the ElectraWall’s versatile design allows the product to be applied to a wide variety of surfaces. Road and highway are an untapped source of power as they continuously collect heat and light from the sun. The ElectraWall will take advantage of collecting this lost energy, and will be installed by clipping on top of highway barrier walls, light poles and parking garages. The ElectraWall’s photovoltaic system features a cylindrical design that is not dependent on the sun’s angle of incidence, therefore does not require direct sunlight to harvest energy. These units can be used as backup generators since they have storage capacity built right into the...

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String Inputs on Your Grid Tie Inverter

The number of string inputs is the total pairs of solar photovoltaic (pv) panel positive and negative input terminal lugs provided by the inverter manufacturer. The maximum number of solar photovoltaic panels source circuits that can be connected to an inverter without wiring in a parallel connection is determined by the number of input strings. The larger inverter you have, the more terminals will be provided inside the inverter to connect solar pv panels onto, thus being able to hook up more solar pv panels per inverter. Sometimes it’s better or needed with a installation to string in parallel because of the type of equipment being used and the individual circumstances of the project, combiner boxes are used in these type of cases. We recommend people buy complete grid tied solar power kits because it takes the headache out of making sure the inverters and number of solar panels will be...

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Customer Spotlight: The Eco-Playhouse by EcoCustomHomes

Eco Custom Homes, a leading Atlanta based sustainable custom homes builder is used to developing some of the the greenest homes in America. Jeffery Dinkle, President of the company decided to develop a playhouse version of the real green homes they build for an auction hosted by HomeAid Atlanta, a nonprofit organization that builds and renovates multi-unit transitional housing facilities for the homeless. The Eco-Playhouse is the first playhouse entirely made up of reclaimed, recycled and sustainably manufactured materials! The Eco-Playhouse features a high quality Kyocera KC-65T, 65 watt solar panel and a Morningstar Prostar PS-15 charge controller to keep the batteries from being overcharged. This system powers a single load. Eco Custom Homes decided to add a small off-grid solar power system because they understood the attention the unique Eco-Playhouse is receiving is setting the stage for the opportunity to encourage, educate and inspire others to consider the importance and reliability of sustainable building. Future generations need to understand the importance of sustainable practices and renewable energy, and since this Eco-Playhouse will be inhabited by kids, it makes not only a great educational tool but a very effective method to introduce concepts to the people who count the...

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Temperature matters when working with inverters.

Do all Inverters perform equally in different temperature conditions? Well no, all inverters do not perform equally depending on the temperatures. The acceptable ambient temperature for each inverter model is determined by UL (Underwriter Labs) during testing. Each Inverter has a range of temperatures in which it performs optimally. If the temperature is below the ambient rating of an inverter, it can perform erratically or prevent start up of the inverter itself. Extremely cold temperatures can freeze capacitors and affect semiconductor stability. Temperatures higher then the range rated by UL can cause heat stress on the inverter and cause premature failure. Operating Inverters outside the rated temperature ratings could void the warranty, most inverters capture the temperature data and if you install an inverter in an environment that experiences extremely cold or hot temperatures the manufacturer will know the reason for the failure and the damage will not covered under the warranty. So if you are unsure if the Inverter will work in your local area, read the specifications sheet before purchasing your inverter and make sure the Inverter will operate in your...

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Sanyo releases test results of thinner HIT solar cells

Sanyo Solar Electric released test results of the 85 micrometer-thick solar cell. Sanyo claims their HIT solar cell reached an efficiency of 21.4% at a thickness of 85 micrometer-thick. According to the company when the thickness of the HIT solar cell was reduced the drop in the conversion efficiency was limited because the open circuit voltage rose. Typically Sanyo HIT Solar Panels have an efficiency of 22.3% This test shows that Sanyo is trying to develop a thinner version of the HIT solar cell while balancing high efficiency. Sanyo Solar panels are highly regarded as highly efficient solar panels and are preferred in the residential and light commercial market in which southern roof space may be limited and since highly efficient solar panels produce more watts per square foot, receive a larger rebate and break even faster these types of solar panels make a good choice when considering multiple brand of solar...

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