We offer a wide array of solar installation solutions for residential and commercial customers. Our solar sales professionals will listen to your needs and help inform you about the best solutions to meet your needs.
GRID-TIED, BATTERY BACK-UP AND OFF-GRID SYSTEMS
Most residential and commercial customers are already getting their electricity from their local utility. The most common solar installation, known as “grid-tied”, connects your solar panels to your existing main electrical panel and to your utility. So, you stay connected to your utility. Your utility will give you credit when you produce more solar energy than you use and will charge you when you use more energy than you produce. This is referred to as “net-metering”. As a safety measure with a “grid-tied” system, if your utility power experiences an outage, your solar system will also stop producing energy to ensure no utility personnel can receive a shock from your system’s production.
Our battery back-up solution is similar to our “grid-tied” solution with one key exception – we design the system to provide you backup power if your utility power experiences an outage. This solution is common for situations when a customer has critical loads (e.g. a well pump, sewage pump or critical equipment) that require backup. We offer a small, medium and large battery back-up solution as well as the ability to tailor a system that is sized to your specific needs. Our solutions can also be configured to work with a generator.
We also offer “off-grid” solutions. These solutions are common for remote situations where utility power is not present or is cost prohibitive. These systems use batteries to store power and may integrate with a generator or alternate power sources (e.g. a windmill). We work closely with our customers to determine their specific electricity needs and custom design these solutions to those needs.
Our most common solar energy system is mounted on our customer’s home, garage, barn, workshop, patio or pergola rooftops. We are experienced in asphalt, flat and curved tile and metal roofing installations. We use hardware specifically manufactured and tested to attach solar panels to your roof’s underlying truss or rafter structure. All roof penetrations are flashed to avoid roof leakage and we warrant our installations for 10 years. Our Structural Engineering team will analyze your roof’s structure and create your system attachment design to withstand the Colorado’s weather. We submit our designs to your local permitting jurisdiction and gain their approval.
Pole or Ground Mounted
If you have open space on your property and your municipality allows for it, we can install your solar panels on the ground using pole or ground mounted racking. Pole and ground mounted solar panels can have several advantages to roof-top mounting. First, a pole and ground mounted installation allows you to optimize your solar energy production by facing your panels due south, while your roof may not point due south. Second, your roof may have limited space, shading or obstructions (e.g. vents), whereas you can avoid these issues with a pole and ground mounted installation. Lastly, a pole and ground mounted installation can include single or dual-axis tracking to follow the sun throughout the day and seasons to further optimize your solar panels’ production. These advantages can come at a cost. A pole and ground mounted installation may cost roughly 10% more than a roof-mounted solution due to additional racking, footer cement and trenching expenses. We will typically bury the electrical cabling under ground from the solar panels on the pole or ground mount back to your main electrical panel. Also, depending on the system design and your municipality regulations, ground mounted systems may require fencing for safety reasons.