Solar Electric

How to determine if a solar electric system is right for you: 

What Are Your Electrical Needs? 

Solar electric is best used to offset smaller loads like lighting and appliances.  Using it to heat your home just isn't feasible.  For space heating, look at our solar hot water page. Take a good look at your electrical efficiency.  If you can replace a 10-year-old fridge with a more efficient one, put your computers and entertainment centers on a power strip or make the change from incandescent lights to compact fluorescent or LED's, you'll save a lot of money on your solar system!

Where Will It Go?

Ground-mount: If you have a yard without shade, you've got a great solar resource!  A ground-mounted system offers the best conditions for keeping panels cool and efficient, as well as being easy to access for cleaning and snow removal.

Roof-mount: For many locations, the roof is the only available space for a solar array.  To be useful, it needs to be south-facing, unshaded by trees, other buildings or chimneys from 9AM to 3PM and large enough for the system you choose.  RoofRay's mapping system will give you a great look at your roof and tell you how much solar electric you're likely to fit on it.

Awnings: Creating an awning with solar panels can be a great way to turn an overheated southern exposure into doubly-reduced cooling bills.

How Large A System Do You Need?

Now that you know what your electric needs are and how much space you have for solar, the decision becomes a matter of budget.  The goal is to offset nearly 100% of your electric needs with solar.

We Design And Install

Whether you want to offset a portion of your electric bill or fill a whole field with a solar farm, we can take you from concept to completed installation.  We'll even walk you through the rebate process for your area.

Our staff can advise, design, build or troubleshoot a grid-tied or even an off-grid PV system for you. We can size it to meet any voltage, AC or DC and even design it to do complicated things like work as a backup when the grid goes down.

Our inverter of choice is the one-per-panel Enphase micro-inverter.  We have found these to beat traditional one-per-array inverters hands-down!  They make the design process less involved, require less skilled labor to install, last longer and squeeze 5-25% more energy out of your array.  Enphase's monitoring system allows each panel to be individually tracked - a huge step in re-portability for solar!

Click here to find out what rebates are offered in your area.

 

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