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Washington Electric offers installation of solar electric systems for homes and businesses.

Solar Electric Systems for Homes

solar powered residential attic fanA lot of homeowners desire to produce enough solar energy with their newly installed solar electrical system to support their daily lifestyle. They also anticipate future energy needs for the home.

We will have one of our licensed electricians meet with you and complete a full assessment of your home and energy needs. This will allow our electrician to design a solar electric system that fill your electrical needs and make it an economical choice for your situation.

We will be able to provide you with a design proposal for your home with an installation quote for your solar electrical system.

Washington Electric uses the highest quality components for solar electric systems and installation methods.

We only sell high quality solar panels that include a 25-year manufacturer's warranty. These solar panels are the foundation of your solar electric system. The system is expected to provide quiet and clean solar electricity for 30 or more years.

The top three factors that will determine the cost for your solar electric system are:

  • The size of the system you want to install
  • The complexity of the system installation
  • The available solar rebates and incentives in your area

If you are interested in learning more about a solar electric system for your home, please give us a call today.

Solar Electric System Components

Solar panels use the power of the sun and facilitate the gathering of direct current power. When sunlight hits a solar cell, the cell captures the electrons thus generating direct current power.

Inverters are responsible for converting the direct current power that has been produced by the solar panels into alternating current power. Alternating current power is the same power that is supplied by the electrical company's grid.

Electrical service panels are what will systematically distribute the solar power to the necessary loads throughout your home or business. If the power that your solar system is more than what your home or business requires at the time it is produced, it will be pushed out to the electrical grid.

residential inverter solarA net meter in your solar electric system measures the amount of energy that has been produced by your system as well as the amount of energy that has been purchased from your electrical grid.

The electrical grid is the network of all the power lines that are used to deliver the electricity to a region. A large benefit for using solar panel systems is that the electricity is produced at the time of day that it is demanded. This helps reduce the need for the electricity company to build additional generating capacity power that uses up resources like coal and gas.

Solar Electric Systems – Things to Consider

Property rights – Do you own the property where you want to install the solar electric system? Some rebates and incentives are only valid for property owners and not leasers or renters of said property.

Location of solar panels – Where do you plan on having the solar panels installed? Southern facing panels are best, but they can also be mounted on the East and West facing roofs, too. The Southern facing panels are usually the vest for annual system performance. The most common location to install solar panels is on the roof, but they can also be installed via ground or pole mountings, integrated into buildings as vertical walls, or as attached awnings.

Available space for solar panels – The size of the system you desire, the amount of energy you want to produce from the system and the space you have for the system will all be taken into account when we design your system. Each office and warehouse will have different electrical needs depending upon how much electricity is used and in what ways. The amount of electricity that the solar electric system can produce depends, in large part, to the amount of space that you have available for the solar panels to be installed.

Amount of full sun available – The best locations are in full sun from 9am to 3pm. Shade can drastically reduce the performance of your solar electrical system. Take a good look at your choice of panel locations to see if there is a large amount of shade. Shade can be from trees, chimneys, vents, swamp coolers, surrounding buildings, signs, and skylights.

If you answer YES to the above questions, then your business is a probably candidate for a solar system.

During our site evaluation, we will measure the proposed panel locations, perform a shade analysis, and determine what type and size of system is best for your business.

A few key factors involved in the costs of your electric system:

  • The size of system you want installed
  • How complex of an installation will be required
  • The current utility billing rate of your business
  • What rebates and incentives are available in your area

For more information about a solar electric system for your home or business, please call us today to schedule a consultation with Washington Electric.