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Solar PV System guide: Off-Grid systems

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In the first part of this Solar PV systems guide, we covered . In this part, we will discuss solar installations that are not connected to electrical grid – Off Grid solar systems, which use battery backup system sto store electricity generated by your solar panels.

Off-the – Battery stored solar energy

A solar system that is not connected to the grid and relies only on the power it generates and stores in a battery is an off – the – grid system. Purchasing this type of a system is not common and there are two main reasons why some people may choose to go for an off -the – grid solar system. First, this is a viable option for people that live in remote areas where there is either no access to grid electricity or it is extremely costly to be tied to the grid. Second, as mentioned before, some people choose this system for ideological reasons of wanting to rely solely on a clean source of energy from the sun.

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Levchik (Leo) is a renewable energy activist from Boston, MA, and has been involved with alternative energy and green construction since 2004.

In 2009, Leo and his green roofing company (CoolFlatRoof.com) sponsored Boston’s Solar Decathlon Team, providing materials and installation labor to install a cool white roof on the top of Curio home (Joint effort by Tufts University and Boston Architecture College) – more info about the project here.

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July 3rd, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Solar PV System guide: Grid-Tied systems

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Any homeowner seriously considering switching to clean solar energy needs to understand that there are three different types of solar systems that can be installed on your home. Solar systems can be 1. Connected to the grid/grid-tied; 2. Function independently off-the-grid; 3. Hybrid systems. Each one has its benefits and draw-backs and comes with a different price tag. Learn more about each type of solar system to determine which one would be best suitable for your budget, electricity needs and lifestyle. When choosing one of the three systems it is important to keep in mind that there are many factors that will affect which system is right for you, and its highly advisable to consult a  professional solar installer before making your final decision.

Connected to the grid / Grid-tied systems

A solar system that is tied to the grid is a popular choice for the majority of homeowners because it provides a number of advantages that most people find highly desirable. The first benefit is financial. Having your system tied to the grid enables you to use net-metering/feed-in tariffs, which allow you to put access electricity back into the grid, thereby saving you money both in the short and long run. In the short run, it lowers your monthly electric bills and in the long run, you can actually make money by selling the access solar power that your system produces back to your utility company.  The second benefit is security of always having electricity regardless of the weather conditions outside. If your system is connected to the grid, you do not need to rely solely on the power stored in your battery. The energy that can be stored in the battery is limited and especially if you live in areas that do not get a lot of sun, or have many cloudy days, it is safer to be connected to grid.

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Levchik (Leo) is a renewable energy activist from Boston, MA, and has been involved with alternative energy and green construction since 2004.

In 2009, Leo and his green roofing company (CoolFlatRoof.com) sponsored Boston’s Solar Decathlon Team, providing materials and installation labor to install a cool white roof on the top of Curio home (Joint effort by Tufts University and Boston Architecture College) – more info about the project here.

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July 3rd, 2012 at 8:47 pm

Benefits of Solar Carports: Green Living in the 21st Century

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Imagine having an EV and charging its battery at a solar carport rather than from an electric outlet. While it may sound like a far-fetched fantasy, the reality is its already happening. Solar carports have been growing in popularity as more business large and small have started to realize the benefits and financial savings that can be gained from them. A solar carport is an ideal solution for facilities and commercial spaces looking to save on electricity costs by utilizing clean, cost effective solar power, and to provide a convenient covered parking space for employees and customers. Solar carports are specifically designed to ensure proper coverage and alignment of solar panels without sacrificing valuable parking, drive and walkway spaces.

Another significant benefit that can be derived from a solar carport, which many businesses and research institutions are actively investing in, is using solar power that it generates generated to charge electric vehicles, so that they run on solar energy instead of grid electricity. This is a truly innovative way to further reduce CO2 emmisions, and lower our dependence on fossil fuels. What can be better for our earth than combining the benefits of such green technologies as solar power and electric vehicles to jump start a totally new, eco-friendly way of living in the 21st century.

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Levchik (Leo) is a renewable energy activist from Boston, MA, and has been involved with alternative energy and green construction since 2004.

In 2009, Leo and his green roofing company (CoolFlatRoof.com) sponsored Boston’s Solar Decathlon Team, providing materials and installation labor to install a cool white roof on the top of Curio home (Joint effort by Tufts University and Boston Architecture College) – more info about the project here.

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June 12th, 2012 at 1:28 am