Solar Installation Options
Solar for your home is the majority of our work. We will provide you with the best installation and state of the art technology that allows years of trouble free solar and free monitoring so you know how well your solar is taking care of business. Contact us to find out what we can save for you. We have loan packages and other funding options to help you realize the goal of saving money and saving energy.
This is the most common installation and the simplest installation. The panels are above the roof allowing full ventilation and run-off. We can explain in detail how this will provide you an excellent trouble free installation. If your roof is old and in poor condition we may recommend a re-roofing of that area so that we are working with a good new roof material.
Most new roofs that are tile, spanish or flat, are of concrete. True clay tile is rare, expensive and difficult to work with. Concrete tile is relatively easy and depending on the type can add a little to the cost of the installation of solar. We can evaluate and propose what the added cost would be and explain how we work with your particular type of roof.
Like tile roofs, there are a variety of metal roofs, including metal tiles. They all require a different mounting technique for each and we can explain in more detail what is required to put solar on your roof. Like the other roofs, there is a solution and rack system for these roofs as well.
In this case, we are working with whatever type of roof you have as listed above but we put a rack on the roof to direct the panels to get the best solar orientation. This can be used when you do not want to see the panels on the front of the house or shade is an issue. This can increase the power output of the system.
The use of ground mount racks are more and more popular when you have the room to have a ground mount installation. It is a more expensive installation then a roof simply because there is more work and materials and trenching then simply installing on a roof. The benefits are ease of cleaning and location away from shade that can occur.
Poles and Structure
Pole mounted solar is a heavy-duty frame on a pole and can be fixed or with a tracker motor. Tracker motors are attached to the frame that follow the sun but due to the high cost (and high maintenance) for residential and business it may not make economic sense to go this direction.
The pole mount gets the panels up above horses and cattle but does cost more due to structure and footing. Solar can also be installed on Carports or trellis structures and we would be happy to discuss these options if you are considering this.
The solar Modules, also referred to as solar panels, together are the 'power-plant' for the system and the most important and the most visible. Most modules have a 25 year warranty on power production. We select modules based on performance, cost and value.
There are many solar panel manufacturers but we chose panels that are preferably backed by a third party insurance on the warranty so that if the panel manufacturer is not around in a number of years, there is an insurance policy on the power that was promised to be produced and reimbursed for the power not delivered. We can provide panels from international companies or US made panel manufacturers, depending on your concern and budget.
While the panels are the power plant, the inverter is the control system. All solar panels produce DC (direct current) power which needs to be changed into power you can use in your home or business. This requires an electrical device called an inverter.
The inverter can be up under the panels or it can be down by the meter and electrical panel. Both have good and bad aspects to each. We have found what we consider the best solution which is a hybrid of the two technologies which uses an inverter by the electrical panel or close by and a device called an optimizer on the back of each solar module.
This gives each panel an ability to be monitored and it operates independent of the other panels so shade is not as much of an impact as the old technology. They also have a 25 year warranty and the inverter can be extended to 20 or 25 years as well. Check out the monitoring that is available at this site: