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Wholesale Solar Information Center

Basic Information:
System Grounding - It's the most asked question we get. Read all about it.
Grounding and Lightning Protection
Energy Primer - What you can do today to help reduce your electricity and gas bill even if you live on-grid.

Battery Information:
How do I keep my batteries alive for years?
Maintaining Batteries - Useful information on how to keep your batteries in top condition from Trojan Battery.
Battery General Info - General Information on Batteries
Battery Sizing Worksheet
Rolls solar battery user manual
Charge Controller Information:
Which controller is right for me?
What are charge controllers?
How do MPPT controllers work?
Charge Controllers - What do they do, how do I choose one?
MidNite Solar Classic String Sizing Tool
MidNite Solar KID String Sizing Tool
Morningstar String Calculator
Dipswitch Settings — MidNite Solar Classic Lite Charge Controller (Video)
Dipswitch Settings — Morningstar TriStar Charge Controller (Video)

Disconnect Information:
Which Magnum Energy Disconnect goes with what inverter?


Inverter Information:

Which inverter do I need?
Inverters/Chargers - What else do I need? How do they work?
What IS a sine wave?
Sinewave vs. Modified Sinewave - What's the difference?
What size inverter do I need for my well pump?
What is anti-islanding?
Inverter Repair?
Blue Oak Sizing Tool
PV Module “Right-Sizing” for Ephase Energy Microinverters
SMA Sunny Design Web
Setting AC Input Amps and Charge Rate Using Magnum Energy ME-RC 50 & ME-ARC Remotes (Video)
How to Program Magnum Energy Battery Monitor Kit (ME-BMK ) (Video)

Electricity Basics:
Electricity Basics - Just one page with some simple terms you need to understand when talking about electricity
Sinewave vs. Modified Sinewave - What's the difference?
System Grounding - It's the most asked question we get. Read all about it.
Grounding and Lightning Protection
What is the difference between an AC and a DC watt?
What is the difference between a watt, a kilowatt and a kilowatt hour (kWh)?

Generators:

Portable Generators and General Electric Generator Information

Energy Management/Lowering Costs:
How Can I Lower My Electricity Consumption?
53 No-Cost and Low-Cost Ways to Conserve Energy.
Power Consumption Table
Passive Solar

Mount Information:
What do I need to know about solar panel mounts and trackers?
Complete Installation Mounting Guide
IronRidge Roof Mount Configurator
IronRidge Pole Mount Configurator
IronRidge Ground Configurator
IronRidge Ballasted Roof Mount Configurator

Cost, Rebates and Incentives:
Cost & Incentives - What you should know.
Financing Solar - Best Options.
All State Rebates and Incentives
Leasing Options - Pro's and Con's.
Return on Solar Investment
Off-grid Solar Cost Guide
Grid-tie Solar Cost Guide

RV Information:
Which Inverters and Solar Panels are best for RV and Marine Solar Powered Systems?

Solar Power Systems Information:
Grid-tie Solar System Sizing Calculator
Off-grid Solar System Sizing Calculator
Solar System Sizing Worksheet - Based on your existing use of electricity, figure out how many panels your grid-intertied system will need to produce.
Load Evaluation Worksheet - If you are building an off-grid home, this will help you estimate how much electricity you will need.
7 Steps to a Code Compliant Solar Installation *NEW*
Connecting to the Grid - A complete guide to issues involved in a grid connected solar system.
Power Consumption Table - Want to know how much power something uses? Many common items are covered here.
What is the difference between an AC and a DC watt?
What is the difference between a watt, a kilowatt and a kilowatt hour (kWh)?
Branch Circuit Wiring - If you are planning to connect a solar system to an existing home you MUST read this first. If you have questions be sure to call or email sales@wholesalesolar.com.
Guide to Photovoltaic (PV) System Design and Installation - California Energy Commission
Back Up Power Systems - See what you can do to be sure that your lights will stay on.
What kind of grounding and lightning protection do I need?
System Grounding - It's the most asked question we get. Read all about it.
DIY Solar - Do it yourself solar
Convert your Grid-tie Solar Power System to Off-grid with AC Coupling

Solar Panel Information:
What are the different types of solar panels?
Solar Panels Efficiency - How do they work, will they work when shaded, how do I set them up?
Solar Power Map - Click here to see the amount of usable solar power throughout different parts of the United States
Solar cost - Find out the true cost of solar... is going solar worth it?
AC solar panels
PV Power is a Positive Net Energy Producer

Wind Power Systems Information:
Wind Energy Systems Information - All the Basic Information about Wind Energy Systems
Wind Speed Maps - Do you have enough average wind in your area to consider a Wind Generated Power System?-here is the answer.

Wiring Information:
Electrical Wiring Diagrams and why they are important
What size wire do I need?
Voltage Drop Calculator