In the Inland Northwest, solar power is a smart financial choice and reduces negative impacts on our beautiful environment.
Not only has solar technology advanced, product options and availability have expanded and financial benefits have increased. As America strives for clean energy, many cities already require solar power. In 2020, California began requiring installation of solar panels on all new homes.
Harnessing the power of the sun has many benefits for home owners.
In an Off Grid Solar System, a DC battery bank is typically used to store the power captured by the Photovoltaic Modules (Solar Panels or Solar Array) during daylight hours and released as you demand power from your system. This system is independent of the Power Grid and with the use of an Inverter, you can run the everyday household AC appliances and equipment that we all depend on.
In a Grid Tie Solar System, Photovoltaic Modules develop energy that is inverted to an AC current and sent to your home's electrical supply. The energy you develop is used to provide power for your home as well as to feed unused energy back to the grid. Depending on the size of your system, you may produce some of your energy demands or you may produce enough energy to power your home for the whole year. You still receive a monthly bill but your energy production (and reduced meter readings) will affect the amount of energy you are charged for. Typically, these accounts are zeroed at the end of a 12 month period, such as every April for most utility companies in our area. It is also typical that the utilities in our area do not purchase your produced energy that exceeds your yearly usage. You want to carefully design the system to meet your demands without overproducing since there is currently no return on your investment for producing more than you use.
Grid Tie with Battery Backup is the combination of a grid tie system with the capability of storing and providing backup power when you lose grid power.
We are licensed in Idaho and Washington. Not all projects are the same, but here are the steps in a typical project:
We evaluate your property with leading edge technology. Our goal is to ensure you have optimal exposure hours in all seasons. This may require clearing trees or other site modifications to ensure a year round benefit from your solar system.
In the Inland Northwest, the position and angle of the sun in the summer sky can differ greatly from season to season. For this reason, you will need an array set up to take all seasons into consideration or that is adjustable as the sun shifts.
Depending on the location or type of property you own, the elevation of your array may include additional considerations.