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 Battery 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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