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Solar Tip Tuesday - Peak Sun Hours and Solar Power Production

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Solar Tip Tuesday - Peak Sun Hours and Solar Power Production

Solar Tip Tuesday - Peak Sun Hours Yes, your solar panels produce energy throughout the day. But, is that energy production consistent? Obviously not. Peak sun hours are an important part of the equation that will determine how much power your solar panels will generate for you.The amount of energy generated by your solar panels can be thought of in terms of a bell curve - a graphical depiction of, in this case, energy produced. The peak of this bell curve is at the height of your solar panel's energy production on a given day. And, the daily height of...

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Rock Down the River This Summer | SOUL GEAR: All New Waterproof Dry Bag & Bluetooth Speaker

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Rock Down the River This Summer | SOUL GEAR: All New Waterproof Dry Bag & Bluetooth Speaker

Rockville, MD: Combine 2 Must Haves in 1 - SOUL GEAR will revolutionize the way we listen to music outdoors! This summer you can rock on down the river to your favorite tunes with SOUL GEAR, the innovative new waterproof drybag backpack that features a built-in fully waterproof wireless Bluetooth speaker that connects to your smart phone. Connect your favorite playlist, and use the dry sack as a waterproof phone pouch for your mobile device, car keys and other valuables. It's the perfect source of music entertainment for any outdoor water sports - kayaking, rafting, boating, canoeing, tubing, swimming, and...

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Grid-Tie Solar Installations: Know Before You Buy

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Grid-Tie Solar Installations: Know Before You Buy

Personalized Grid-Tie Solar Power Needs at Your Fingertips Are you considering a grid-tie solar setup for your home? Although Solar Sporting Goods does not do these types of installations, here at The Solar Side, we still look after our solar inspired clients!When was the last time you showed up at a car dealership with the intention to buy a car, and having zero preconceived notions of anticipated and realistic costs?Never? Me either. Why should buying solar be any different? One of the best independent sources of information to estimate the most appropriate size of your grid-tie solar array can be found...

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Properly Cleaning Solar Panels: A DIY Guide for the Rest of Us

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Properly Cleaning Solar Panels: A DIY Guide for the Rest of Us

Solar Panel Efficiency Losses Due to Dirt and Build-up The question gets asked over and over. Should I clean my solar panels? When or why? HOW do I clean my solar panels? Can I do this myself or do I need a professional?  The 5 W’s are answered below, along with a table of do’s and don’ts to help you through the process. WHO:  First things first. Don’t bother contracting this out unless you have a very large solar array and/or lack access to the resources or physical ability to handle this yourself. A study by the University of California,...

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All About Off Grid Solar Inverters – What Do Those Specifications Really Mean?

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All About Off Grid Solar Inverters – What Do Those Specifications Really Mean?

What You Really Need to Know Before Buying a Solar Inverter In today's market, there are so many solar inverters to choose from, each with its own specifications and features, it can be hard to make a final selection decision. This article aims to provide some insight to help you make the right choice. There is a useful data table comparing popular off grid inverter models from the top manufacturers: Apollo Solar, Exeltech, Magnum Energy, OutBack Power Systems, SMA America, and Xantrex Technology. But what do all those technical specifications mean? Read on! Shop Off Grid Inverters The first decision you...

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