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Are you thinking about buying a solar electric system for your home or business? Solar Electric Systems, also known as PV systems (photovoltaic), are reliable and renewable ways to generate energy. They make use of the most abundant source of energy — the SUN! A PV system can be a substantial investment, but between attractive state and federal incentives and generous financing programs, solar is now affordable for everyone!

Solar Made Simple

  1. The solar panels you see are made up of tiny cells made up of treated silicon - each one collects solar radiation and converts it into an electrical current.
  2. These panels are wired together in series to create an array and the electrical output from that array travels through wires & conduit to an inverter typically located near your breaker box.
  3. The inverter converts the electrical current called "Direct Current" or DC into "Alternating Current" or AC which is used to run TVs, appliances, computers, etc.
  4. And BAM! you've got Solar electric production right on your roof.

So instead of the sun's energy just bouncing off the roof of your house, you're actually harnessing it to safely and quietly generate energy.

Solar has its benefits!

  1. Any power that you don't use from your solar electric system literally spins your meter backwards, and you receive a credit from your utility company. This is called "net metering".
  2. The credits can be applied at retail rates, and in the middle of the day that means your credits stack up quickly. You then draw the power at night when rates are low. What a deal! This is called "time of use" metering.
  3. Further, in most states, the more power you use, the more you are charged based on your tiered usage. Solar helps by eliminating your usage in the high tiers and thus brings down your bills by shaving off the expensive power first. This is called tier shaving.
  4. Lastly, electric rates have historically gone up at a higher rate than inflation over time. So the ability to fix your long term cost of energy yields a higher and higher return on your investment over time. So why not fix your electricity while you can?