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When considering installing a renewable energy system at your home or business, there are different options available to meet your energy needs. Determining which option will be best for you depends on a variety of considerations such as costs, feasibility and your ultimate goal for pursuing renewable energy. To learn more about each of the options and how they work, please click below:
Photovoltaic (PV) refers to the process of turning sunlight into electricity. Individual PV cells are connected to panels. Solar panels convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity where an inverter converts DC into alternating current (AC) for electricity in the home.
The utility meter records the net amount of energy you use when you are enrolled in your utilities net energy metering program. When you're generating more electricity with your PV system than you're using, your meter will "spin backwards" and the excess electricity is sent to the electric grid. This provides you with a surplus to help offset the cost of your electricity usage at night or on cloudy days when your system is not producing.
Solar water heaters—also called solar domestic hot water systems—can be a cost-effective way to generate hot water for your home or business. They can be used in any climate, and the fuel they use—sunshine—is free.
Although there are different types of solar water heating systems, most have four components: solar collectors, circulating pumps, controls and a storage tank. In two-tank systems, the solar water heater preheats water before it enters the conventional water heater. In one-tank systems, the back-up heater is combined with the solar storage in one tank. Depending upon your needs, we can help determine which type of system is right for you.
These will include four basic components:
The sun heats a fluid on the roof.
The controller turns on the pumps when it detects the solar-heated fluid.
Pump (Active Systems)
The solar-heated fluid is pumped into a storage tank.
Solar Storage Tank
The conventional water heater draws the hot water out of the solar storage tank when there is a demand for hot water. If needed, the conventional water heater may boost the temperature of the solar heated water before sending it through the home.