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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

Innovative way to Finance Your Solar System: FHA loans and home equity lines of credit

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If you are a clean energy enthusiast and always look for ways to make your home greener, there has never been a better time to switch out of the fossil fueled electric grid and instead power your home with solar energy. In the last few years there has been a dramatic drop in solar panel prices, making the equipment affordable for a lot more homeowners. Understandably, even with the lower prices, spending 10-15K out of your pocket is still a big expense for many people.

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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 29th, 2012 at 7:26 pm