Tool time!

Renogy’s Multi-Purpose Toolbox is perfect for assisting you in the installation and maintenance of your panels. Read more about the included products below!

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Crimper and Wire Stripper

  • The crimper and wire stripper are essential tools when repairing your MC4 connectors or creating new MC4 wires. These tools can be used to strip the wire and then crimp the MC4 head to the top.

Digital Multimeter

  • Multimeters are a great tool when trying to test your panel or trouble shoot. You use it for several different tests, including the open circuit voltage test and the short circuit current test. Information on how to test both of these is included on a previous blog post linked below!

https://www.renogy.com/blog/how-to-troubleshoot-your-solar-panels/

MC4 Connecters

  • Extra MC4 connectors are included in our toolbox in case your attached connectors are ever damaged. These are also great for those tricky wiring situations when you may need to create your own!

MC4 Tool

  • Our Renogy MC4 tool is helpful when trying to disconnect your MC4 heads. Since our MC4 connectors are made to last, this tool will help you disconnect those airtight seals.

Also included in our toolbox are Flat Head and Philips screw drivers to help you with any other mounting and installation needs. Renogy wants your installation to be a smooth and easy as possible, call one of our tech representatives today at 1-800-330-8678 if you need more information.

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Renogy Shipping Questions Answered

The great news is that here at Renogy, most products ship within the continental US free of charge. However, a few of the larger items offered for sale, including the solar panels equal to or greater than 200W can only be shipped by “LTL” transportation, or “less than truckload” transportation. These larger solar panels require additional shipping charges to be shipped anywhere, including the continental US. The Cabin Solar Kits and On-Grid Kits, though they contain solar panels greater than 200W, already have the shipping costs built into the purchase price, so they will ship for free within the continental US. All off-grid kits, camping products, and other components, including mounting equipment, should ship without charge within the continental US.

 

If you live outside of the continental US, including Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, or any of the other US territories, a shipping charge will likely be imposed on any order. Likewise, if you are an international customer, additional shipping charges will be imposed on all orders. If you are outside of the continental US or an international customer, contact the Renogy sales team for a shipping quote.

​This Week in Solar News…

There have been several big changes in the solar power industry over the past week. Let Renogy keep you updated with our Top 3 news stories this week!

  1. In a politically charged season there are several hot topics up for debate. One of the most relevant being whether or not a Clean Energy Economy can create or lose jobs. Renewable Energy World highlights some arguments for both sides of the argument.

The solar energy industry has already grown 12 times faster than other job industries. Transitions from fossil fuels to clean energy actually creates jobs instead of losing them. Some areas of work can include manufacturing, installation, engineering, and many more.

On the other hand, it can be very risky for companies to invest in a new technology. Critics of government involvement in clean energy spending argue that fracking has created many jobs in the oil and gas industries and clean energy regulations can stifle the fossil fuel economy that was so recently created.

2. A $2 Million federal grant will help Minnesota move toward its goal of generating 10% of its electricity from solar by the year 2030. Xcel Energy opened the largest solar facility in the Midwest this week in Minnesota and this can only serve to increase its solar activity. This Department of Energy grant was very exclusive and only one state received it. We are excited to see Minnesota reach their goal!

3. Utilities companies are still at war with the solar energy world. There has been a recent increase in attacks on a law called the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA) which requires utilities to purchase renewable energy generation when they are equal to, or cheaper than, the cost of building a new power plant.

Many utility companies in states such as Montana and North Carolina are actively attempting to suspend this law for “emergency” cases. These attempts have been unsuccessful thus far, however, in Montana specifically, these attempts have put at least 135 MW of solar projects in limbo as more voting on the suspension occurs. These votes have halted both jobs and tax revenue. Activists are currently attempting to petition to reinstate these projects.

Your New Solar Sidekick: the E.FLEX5!

Built for the adventurer in all of us, the new E.FLEX5 can take you farther than you ever thought possible. This 5-watt portable panel is both water-resistant and has a durable exterior, making it the perfect companion for any hiker, camper, or someone looking for power on-the-go! Its auto-optimization charging recovers power that is usually lost due to shade. You can lounge in the shade and put your E.FLEX5 in the sun without worrying about power loss due to the moving sun.

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The included suction cups and carabiners allow its user to mount the panel in various locations and angles, allowing for optimal positioning at any time! Take advantage of our most portable panel yet so that you can worry less about a dead battery and spend more time adventuring uninterrupted!

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Don’t let your electronics stop you from doing what you love, call our sales team or click the link below to order yours today:
https://www.renogy.com/renogy-e-flex5-portable-solar-panel-with-usb-port/