Author Archive: Amy Beaudet

Amy Beaudet has been in the solar industry at the altE Store since 2007. She’s been a sales rep, an instructor, and an all around solar evangelist, sharing her passion for solar around the world. When not at work, she’s either sailing or skiing, depending on the season, but odds are good she’s still talking about solar on the boat or on the slopes. See more of Amy Beaudet's blog posts.

Deep Cycle Batteries - Part 2

Understanding Deep Cycle Batteries – Part 2

We went over the basics of deep cycle batteries in an earlier blog, Understanding Deep Cycle Batteries – Part 1. Now let’s go a little deeper into understanding the terms used when describing actually using the batteries, charging and discharging…
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How do Solar Panels Work?

How do Solar Panels Work?

Photovoltaic Effect of Solar Panels Solar panels generate DC electricity when exposed to sunlight via the Photovoltaic Effect, first observed by a French physicist in 1839. A simple explanation is that the photons from sunlight are absorbed by a semiconductor…
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Deep Cycle Batteries Part 1

Understanding Deep Cycle Batteries – Part 1

Deep cycle batteries  are a critical component in off-grid solar or hybrid grid tie solar power systems. We thought we’d go over some of the common terms with you to help wade through all of the information. It is possible…
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New Samlex EVO Inverter Charger

The New Samlex EVO Inverter/Charger and Its Benefits

Samlex has recently released a new inverter/charger called the Samlex Evolution, or EVO for short. Let’s take a closer look to see what’s new. The EVO is an all in one solution – a pure sine wave inverter, multi-stage battery…
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First Steps For Planning An Off The Grid Solar Power System

First Steps for planning an Off The Grid Solar Power System

There are several reasons why people consider installing an off grid solar system. Most often, it is because it is in a remote location that would either costs tens of thousands of dollars to install the grid, or connecting to…
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OutBack's New FXR Inverter/Chargers

Outback’s New FXR Power Inverter/Chargers

We recently sat down with John Webber from Outback Power and talked about their new next generation hybrid inverter/charger now available, the Outback Power FXR. It combines the history of reliability from their FX inverters, with many of the new…
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What is an inverter/charger?

What is an Inverter/Charger?

What is it inverting and what is it charging? We get a lot of calls for power inverters, inverter/chargers, and hybrid inverters, so we thought we’d quickly go over a few of the terms.

new in solar charge controller market 2015

What’s New in the Solar Charge Controller Market this Summer

We have seen a number of new solar charge controllers coming out recently, we thought it would be helpful to go over some of the new options available for your off-grid or grid tie battery backup hybrid solar power system….
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Remote Monitoring a Solar Power System with Outback Power’s OpticsRE

Outback Power has created a nice tool for remotely monitoring and configuring your solar power system from any Internet connected PC, tablet, or smartphone. OpticsRE allows you to log in to your system to view real time data, as well…
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Solar Power System Helps Power Lodge in Peru

One of the cool things about working at the altE Store is that we get to deal with customers all over the world. We actually have systems installed on every continent of the planet. We recently received some pictures from…
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