Is Solar Energy Right For Me?
Alternative energy is becoming increasingly popular.
Whether it’s due to environmental concerns about climate change, the desire for the latest technology or the savings associated with renewable resources, it’s becoming more common to see alternative energy sources powering both commercial and residential buildings.
Solar energy is one of the best renewable energy options on the market.
The amount of money saved on traditional energy bills throughout the years will allow it to pay for itself. Below you’ll find resources to help you make a decision about solar energy.
A few things to consider:
Increase Your Home’s Value
Learn how installing solar energy can affect your home value.
Optimize Your Location
Did you know that where you live can affect your solar energy production? Learn about solar energy for your unique need:
Help The Environment
Moving to solar energy can have a profound impact on the environment. Learn how you can contribute with solar energy.
What is a Grid-tied System?
The standard solar panel system that offsets your utility electricity demand. During peak times, your system can even spin your meter backwards! This system offers the best return on investment because no batteries are needed. You are not limited by the output of the solar panels since you are connected to the grid. However this system will not offer power when the grid goes down.
What is net metering?
It allows consumers who generate their own energy to use that electricity anytime, instead of only when it is generated. It also describes the ability of your meter to measure the amount of energy (kWh) that your solar panel system sends back to the grid, i.e. go backwards.
What is a Battery Backup System?
A grid-tied system with a battery bank to store energy from your array. During normal operation, the solar panel system will act as a grid-tied system but when the grid goes down, your electrical panel will be powered by the energy stored in the batteries.
What is an AC Coupled System?
This system includes a small battery bank that will allow your solar panels to constantly power your home, even in the event of a grid outage.
What is an Off-grid System?
This system requires a battery bank that will power all the AC loads. The batteries will be recharged by the solar panels. If the batteries are empty or the panels are producing, you will not be able to power any electrical loads because the grid is not present.