This tag is for articles about solar stuff in Nova Scotia, usually written by our members.

How To Build A Solar USB Charger

This document helps you build a system to charge mobile devices via USB with energy from a solar panel. It includes a large section on how to use the RETScreen tool to analyze your power needs and turn those into battery and panel requirements. The plans were created by the Fall 2017 class of the Nova Scotia Community College Introduction to Renewable Energy program.

Designs posted by Solar Nova Scotia are done so without liability of Solar Nova Scotia or the authors.


2014 Solar Nova Scotia Revitilization Report

In 2014, several Saint Mary's University Business students did a study on the needs of Solar Nova Scotia members and potential members.

This objective was addressed by gathering, consolidating and presenting input from members and interested parties, then gathering ideas and gaining commitments to action. These were achieved by using a digital survey followed by an in person presentation and workshop.

Click here to view or download the report PDF


Bonding and Grounding of Photovoltaics

By Jeff Harrop

Ground is the earth and where voltages over 50 volts must be referenced from. This includes DC (Direct Current) and AC (alternating current) voltages. In order to do this we have a connection to the earth for each power system installed on a premise. It can be a set of driven rods, a plate, the copper water piping system, or a well casing.

The photovoltaic panels have lethal potential voltages and therefore must be bonded to the grounding system to protect people from live voltages from energizing the metal framework of the panels.


All About Inverters

An inverter is just a DC to AC converter. Why do we have them in solar applications? Solar PV (photovoltaic panels produce DC (direct current) electrical energy. In our homes and businesses we use electrical devices that take their energy from an AC (alternating current) source.