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  1. Off-Grid Inverters in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Nearby States
    Off-Grid Inverters in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Nearby States
    When it comes to building your off-grid system, one component to be sure you spend money on is the off-grid inverter. When you talk with the pros at Solar Biz they will tell you that having a high- ...
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  2. Flooded Battery Failure
    Flooded Battery Failure
    How do you tell if you have a “Bad” battery? We get these phone calls all the time - “My batteries are bad” We understand that the battery or batteries appear to be all bad. The reality is ...
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  3. Hybrid Inverters in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Surrounding States
    Hybrid Inverters in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Surrounding States
    Maybe you already have an existing solar system on your property, or you might be looking to add a solar system to your property in Arizona, California, or New Mexico. In either case, you need to have ...
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  4. All of my Batteries in my Bank are Dead
    All of my Batteries in my Bank are Dead
    We hear this a lot. If your entire battery bank fails, it was caused by something else other than the batteries. Perhaps the charger was not charging properly, or it wasn’t even turned on. Maybe if ...
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  5. Grid-Tied with Battery Backup
    Grid-Tied with Battery Backup
    As the name implies, with this type of system you have the storage facility of your own to fall back on with a power failure. With the rolling blackouts and disruptions, more and more we are seeing a ...
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  6. Maintaining Your Solar Battery
    Maintaining Your Solar Battery
    Through many years in the solar industry, we’ve heard countless accounts of lead-acid batteries not lasting as long as they should. In most cases the problem was related to mishandling or lax ...
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  7. How to Maximize Battery Life
    How to Maximize Battery Life
    I'm often asked about lead-acid batteries and how users can get the best value out of their solar investment. Over 50 years in this business has made me an expert!  Many people ask about battery ...
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  8. Do You Need A Charge Controller
    Do You Need A Charge Controller
    The answer is almost always YES, apart from a really small battery and solar panel. So, you ask what is a real small solar panel… about 5 watts or less, but can’t a 5-watt panel overcharge a small ...
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  9. How Does An MMPT Charge Controller Work?
    How Does An MMPT Charge Controller Work?
    If you’re just curious I’m going to put it layman’s terms. There are complex and scientific sounding answers abounding on the internet. This is not one. First let’s talk about the two types of ...
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  10. Islands and environmental challenges
    Islands and environmental challenges
    Islands are truly on the front line of environmental challenges. Islands like ours are fragile vulnerable places, battered by climate change, pollution and migration. With natural resources depleting ...
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  11. Partisan Issue
    Partisan Issue
    The Obama administration has made only ineffective efforts to address climate change such as shilling for “clean coal”, opening up the artic for drilling, and non-binding, unenforced climate ...
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  12. Partisan? Education? Or Both?
    Partisan? Education? Or Both?
    The climate change mitigation is subject to the politicians who either recognize or, in some cases, unfortunately do not recognize the significance of the issue. Sometimes they won’t want to do ...
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  13. Partisan? Education? Or Both? Part 2
    Partisan? Education? Or Both? Part 2
    Sasha Issenberg lays out the Democrat’s problems here and one of those includes that 127 million Americans vote every four years in presidential elections and only 78 million vote every two years in ...
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  14. Record Year for Solar
    Record Year for Solar
    2014 was a great year for the solar industry and California was the driver of record-breaking growth of solar industry in the country. Over 6,200 megawatts of traditional solar capacity came online ...
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  15. West Virginia
    West Virginia
    Extractive energy industries have dominated West Virginia for years. These extractive industries have bough off the legal system and continue to poison people and essentially destroy the environment. ...
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