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Grid Tied Solar Power with Battery Backup

There is a common misconception with solar power systems, many consumers are under the impression that their grid tied systems will keep them up during a blackout. A grid-tied system hooks up with the grid and requires no batteries to store the power because the power generated is sent to the utility who gives you a credit for the power you send into the grid, therefore when there is a blackout your grid tied solar power system has no place to store the power and goes down with the utility company. One way you can have backup power when the utility shuts down is through a battery backup system. In conjunction to your grid tied inverter, you would have a battery bank in which power is stored so in case the grid goes down you can power critical loads such as your refrigerator, computers, phones, and tv….etc. The down side to adding a battery backup to your grid tied solar power system is the batteries significantly increase the upfront cost of a solar power system. The batteries also require maintenance, could be a fire hazard, and need to be replaced every 5-10 years depending on the type of battery. Today, batteries are a headache until the technology evolves to make it more user friendly and cost...

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Buy a quality clean energy system, not a cheap one.

Some consumers are always shopping for the cheapest solar panels or wind powers systems, but its not always the best idea to look for the cheapest deal because when you invest in a renewable energy power generation system you are counting on the system to provide you with electricity for a long time so you want a system that is reliable compared to cheaper. There are many new entrants in the clean energy system space and often these companies produce shoddy products that can cost you more in the long run. Always ask about the warranty and how long the manufacturer of the product has been in business to make sure you’re buying a product with some backing in case something goes wrong. Shop for the best value, because the lowest priced products are not going to save you in the long run. Higher quality and slightly higher priced products often come from reputable manufacturers that have a track record of backing their warranties and lead to less maintenance costs over the life of the system, in the end it boils down to, “you get what you pay...

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AlternativeEnergy.com – Speak to an Energy Expert.

As solar power professionals we receive endless questions about how to use renewable energy for home and business, people are thirsty to learn although there is a drought of quality information. Doug Schiller, Founder & CEO of AlternativeEnergy.com saw the the critical problem in the industry and decided to bridge the gap between renewable energy experts and the common consumers. The website features 20 hours a week of expert programing through live chats and internet radio shows. The content not only fresh but its live, people from all over the world are participating and website continues to host some of the brightest minds in the industry! Renewable Energy Experts can also host their own show to help consumers tackle questions about going green. Energy Experts range from sectors such as bio fuels, wind power, solar energy, sustainable design, solar panel installers and much more. There is also a social network aspect to the website which helps everyone interested in renewable energy to connect and socialize, I’ve met some great people through the website! The best of all its a free resource to consumers…I participate in the solar chat every Friday from 4pm – 5pm EST (1pm-2pm PST), please join us for an interesting chat about solar panels and wind power. Check out the schedule below, chat with us, add me as a friend, looking forward to interacting with...

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5 aspects to consider besides price when shopping for solar or wind power

Many consumers think its all about price when making a decision when buying a solar panel or wind power system, although that is concept is far from reality. When investing in renewable energy equipment, you’re making a long term investment therefore the consumer should look for the best overall value in their purchase rather than comparing quotes based on price soley. Aspects you should consider before purchasing: 1. what is the warranty on the products? 2. Is there post sales technical support? 3. Does the company mention permitting and interconnection agreements (if grid-tied) 4. How is the level of service? Does the company respond to my request quickly? 5. Does the company have a return policy? If you ask the questions above, you’ll be able to save money in the long run by getting a better overall value and acutally succeed in installing the equipment properly. I’ve seen many times consumer purchase a system and it ends up sitting in the garage because they have no support or help from the company they purchased their products from. We make the process of going solar easy at gogreensolar.com and deliver a valuable experience for the people who choose to establish relationships with...

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I’ll have power when during a blackout because I have solar panels!

Probably not, the majority of solar power systems installed in the USA are typically grid tied systems, meaning they connect to the utility company to push any extra electrons you product back into the grid. These types of systems have a significant advantage because they qualify for extra rebates provided by the state on top of the federal tax credit. The downside to gird connected systems is that when the utility company encounters a blackout, so do you, even if you have a solar power system. Due to utility company regulations, a solar power system must shutdown when the power goes out due to safety regulations and the fact since with a grid tied solar electric system is using the grid as a battery to store the electricity you produce. One way to avoid a blackout is adding a battery backup system to your grid tied solar electric system. Which means you solar panel system in addition to sending electricity back into the grid charges a battery system just in case the grid goes down you start drawing power from the batteries. As great that sounds, being the only person on your block who has power when there is an outage. A battery backup system not only requires yearly maintenance but it adds a significant increase in the final cost of a system. Also the batteries need to be replaced every 5 to 10 years depending on the brand and quality of the battery you use with your system. Check out our grid connected systems that can help you reach your energy goals:...

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Kilowatt hour (kWh), huh? It’s on your electric bill.

When purchasing a grid connected solar or wind power systems its important to start by looking at your electric bill to see how many kilowatt hours you consume each month. After you figure out how many kilowatt hours you are using per month, figure out how many kilowatt hours a solar panel or wind power system produce to determine out how much energy you can offset. Many people who are considering a clean energy system, never even consider looking at their electric bill to analyze their usage. It all starts from how much you are using and what rate your paying per kwh to estimate if solar or wind power is right for you. Below I have included a sample electric bill to help you locate how many kilowatt hours you use. Feel free to post your usage here, we can brainstorm ways we can reduce your kilowatt hour usage even without a clean energy...

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