Harnessing the Power of the Sun
Solar Power Systems
PV modules (or panels) are the solar-electric system's main component, where sunlight is used to make direct current (DC) electricity. Other components in your system such as charge controllers, disconnects, and inverters, enable the electricity from your solar modules to safely power your electric loads. Solar modules are available in many sizes, voltages and formats. Modules are virtually maintenance free and very long lasting (most manufacturers offer 25 year warranties). Solar electric systems are easily expanded and produce no Greenhouse Gases.
Grid Tie with Battery Backup
Same as above, but the inverter also uses electricity stored in a battery bank for backup situations where the power is out. Typically, a limited number of loads are run by this battery bank.
Although they are most common in remote locations without grid service, off-grid solar electric systems can work anywhere. These systems operate independently from the grid to provide all of a household's electricity. That means no electric bills and no blackouts.
Off-grid solar electric systems can be sized to provide power during cloudy periods when the sun doesn't shine. But sizing a system to cover a worst-case scenario, like several cloudy weeks during the winter, can result in a very large, expensive system that will rarely get used to its capacity. To spare your pocketbook, we can size the system moderately. One may consider a generator or hybrid system to get through those occasional sunless stretches.
Another option is to use an Off Grid style configuration as a Backup System. When there is a power outage, a smaller Battery Bank will power a limited number of loads. A generator may also be tied into this type of system.