Investing in a grid tie system is a great way for a home or business owner to gain immunity from rising energy costs. With the use of the billing mechanism known as net metering, any excess energy produced by the solar array will be fed back into the grid, crediting your monthly electricity bill. If the solar energy system covers complete power usage by the home or business, your electricity bill will never increase, and after the initial payback period, will altogether disappear excepting base charges from the utility company for grid usage.
A 30% federal tax rebate is currently available until the year 2019. This is a tax deductible rebate, where any unused credit will be carried forward for a period of up to ten years from date of purchase. Click on the DSIRE icon on the right for more information.
Another great resource for those who would prefer to finance their solar energy systems, would be the PACE program (Property Assessed Clean Energy). PACE is designed to offer low interest loans with long payback periods for renewable energy projects. Ideally, the monthly payments will fall below the owners current electricity bill and are placed at a fixed rate.
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There are three main types of grid tie systems available. These include dc optimizers, micro inverters, and string inverters. We install all types and will take the time to help weigh the costs and benefits of each type to ensure you are getting what best fits your situation.
When the power goes down, it is frustrating to be left in the dark, even though you have a solar array mounted to your roof. Some grid tied systems have the ability to add batteries at a later date for backup power, but some are limited in battery types and output power, and some are not able to have backup added at all . Understanding the full potential of each system type is very important, and we find it very important to provide this knowledge to our customers.
A favorite, low cost string inverter we commonly install comes with a secure power supply(SPS), which will provide 2,000 watts of power per inverter during daylight hours without batteries. The SPS is limited in what it can power, but can be used to charge a battery bank through a simple charger, and with its own battery-based inverter, can be used as a backup for pumps, refrigerators and freezers. Another option to adding backup power to these systems is through AC coupling. This method utilizes the full capacity of the array and provides a larger output of 8,000 watts at 240 VAC, with a surge of 12,000 per inverter and battery inverter setup. This string inverter offers the most power output for ac coupled or dc coupled systems available.
We install our arrays on high quality SnapNRack racking, SnapNRack ground mount racking with schedule 40 galvanized pipe, seasonally adjustable pole mounts, and ballasted mounts for flat roof applications.