Interested In Solar Generation For Your Home?
As prices decline and technology improves, installing a residential solar system—also called a photo-voltaic or PV system—makes sense for some consumers. However, even with these recent improvements in PV, it’s important to find out the facts before committing to a purchase.
Start With These Steps To Take Before Installing Solar:
- ENERGY EFFICIENCY FIRST: Improving your homes energy efficiency will reduce the size of the solar array needed, thus reducing costs.
- RESEARCH: Use pvwatts.gov to understand solar production. With this data and the cost of the PV system, simple payback can be figured to help you understand the economics.
- POSITIONING: Many roof directions and angles are not positioned well for solar generation, and a free-standing solar array is a better option since it can be positioned in the perfect direction and angle. A solar array at a wrong angle or under trees will not produce good results.
- RECORDING: Make sure to keep good records and submit for your tax credit.
- ROOF LIFE: Consider the age of your roof before adding solar panels.
- OPTIONS: South River EMC offers net metering and buy all sell all solar interconnection.
- UPDATES: Make sure to keep solar software up to date and understand it. Since the priority for produced solar is in the home, the software is the only way to monitor total solar production.
- SUPPORT: We are here to help. We will be glad to look at an estimate and gather information to help you make an informed decision.
- UNDERSTAND, SO YOU KNOW: Understand how solar systems work to get the best system available. While standard string inverters will cap the electricity production of each panel by the lowest producing panel on your roof, micro-inverters don't have this problem, since they function in a parallel circuit. A micro-inverter will take full advantage of the production of each individual panel. Inverters are very important, especially if the panel direction and angle are not ideal. Make sure to get a qualified solar installer and know your options.
Just The Interconnection Facts
Read up on the requirements for interconnection of less than 100 kw.
Interested in finding a solar installer? NC Solar recommends a North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioner (NABCEP) certified installer. One can be located at: http://www.nabcep.org/certified-installer-locator.