The debate over climate change is largely settled, and most Americans understand that one of the best weapons to reduce climate altering emissions is for individuals to employ passive solar strategies and adopt renewable energy technologies.
How Not to Do It
Following is a collection of common mistakes made when installing solar electric systems.
|How Not to Install PV - Shadow Considerations
This PV array was installed under a tree and as a result the branches of the tree were casting shadows on the PV modules.
|How Not to Install PV - Orientation & Shadowing
Here the photovoltaic module is facing West and gets very little sunshine. In addition, a shadowing issue further reduces the output.
|How Not to Install Batteries - Battery Post Meltdown! What's the Ampacity of a 3/8" Bolt?
Bolts are not for current carrying. Bolts are to hold lugs, etc. in tight contact with electrical terminals.
|How Not to Treat Batteries - Maintaining Electrolyte Levels
During normal operation, water is lost from a flooded lead-acid battery as a result of evaporation and electrolysis...
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