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How does Solar Work?

  1. The PV (Photovoltaic) modules, or solar panels capture the Sun’s energy as DC (Direct Current) power and sends that to your inverter.
  2. The Inverter then converts your DC power to AC (Alternating Current) power which your home can use.
  3. The AC power is then used to power your home like normal through your appliances, lights, outlets, and anything else that uses electricity.
  4. Each solar system is connected to the grid. You have a Net Energy Meter that allows your home to track the power you use and any extra electricity that you produce can run your meter backwards by sending energy back to the grid.
  5. Any excess electricity that you produce and do not use, will be sent to the electrical grid and could possibly earn you credits for your home. These credits can help you during those extra hot days in the summer when you need the air conditioning the most.

The installation seamlessly connects into your home or business power supply, reducing your electric bill.

There two main types of solar panel options out there.

Mono-crystalline "Mono"

Have been in production for years and known for their high efficiency and the all black color help when not trying to attract extra attention.

Poly-crystalline "Poly"

Are easily recognizable from their blue color. They are not as efficient as the mono-crystalline but are manufactured in a way that makes them less expensive.

Which Solar Panel wattage do I need?

Choosing the right solar panel wattage can be confusing depending on:

  1. The space available to mount your panels.
  2. Which direction your roof faces.
  3. How much electricity your home consumes.
  4. Your solar project budget.

Because your home is unique in all the aspects listed above there is no generic answer. This is why we recommend to only work with solar companies that are able and willing to customize the system to you and your lifestyle or your investment may fall short from what you hoped for.

Types of Mounting

Ground Mounted

The solar panels are mounted on a on a frame that is anchored into the ground. This mounting style is commonly seen in fields for industrial use or on residential properties where the homeowner wants their panels separate from the home.

Roof Mounted

Is the most popular option for residential Solar Systems. It involves attaching the solar panels to the building’s roof by use of low profile mounts.

What is an inverter?

An inverter converts your DC (Direct Current) electricity from your solar panels, to AC (Alternating Current) electricity that you use to power your lights, appliances, and wall outlets in your home.

Improvements to inverters have become increasingly better over the years. The higher the quality and efficiency of your inverter, the better your system will perform. In our experience we have found SolarEdge to be the best all around manufacturer of Solar Inverters which is who we use on all our solar projects.

Owning vs. Leasing

The two most common ways of investing in solar is:

Purchasing

This means you own the system clean and clear. Buyers typically finance through loan providers that focus on renewable energy sources, use a home equity line of credit (HELOC), or buy using cash.

Lease

Gives you the benefits of owning without the out of pocket cost of a loan or paying cash. At the end of the lease term the homeowners can upgrade their system or purchase the system at fair market value. If the homeowners decide to sell their home they can transfer the lease to the new homeowners.