Residential Solar Electric
Solar power is a perfect addition to your family’s environmentally sustainable practices. Join StraightUp Solar in our effort to ensure a healthier environment for future generations by learning more about the fundamentals and benefits of solar energy.
How Solar Electric Power Work
Solar systems consist of three main components: photovoltaic modules (panels), an inverter that converts DC (direct current) power to usable AC (alternating current) power, and the mounting system for the panels.
Most solar electric systems are grid tied or connected to your utility home’s power grid. This ensures that you will always have enough energy to comfortably power your daily life, regardless of whether the weather is sunny.
Solar modules collect the sun’s energy and convert it to DC energy. This DC energy is fed to an inverter and converted to the AC energy that is used to bring power to your home. A utility meter then records the amount of energy that your household is producing or using. On days when you happen to be producing more energy than you are using, excess power is fed back into the utility grid, essentially spinning your home’s energy meter backward and building up energy credits. On days when you happen to be using more energy than you are producing, you can take advantage of being grid tied to ensure your every aspect of your daily life is getting the power it requires to run smoothly. In general, Solar Electric Power ensures that your household’s energy needs are always being met at a more affordable price.
- Size = approximately 3 x 5 feet each
- 25 year warranty — durable and hail tested
- No maintenance
- Multiple mounting options (roof or ground)
The Returns On Your Investment: Beyond Just Financial
The cost of solar panels have decreased 70% in the last 3 years. At the same time, solar incentives have improved often saving you 60-65% off the cost of your system. Additionally, the variety of StraightUp Solar financing programs can make solar more accessible than ever.
Beyond controlling your household’s energy costs, solar power softens your impact on the environment. For many of our customers considering solar power, it’s not just about the bottom line; it’s also about energy independence and our future.
Net metering is a great tool for homeowners looking to “store” their excess solar energy. A bi-directional utility meter allows you to be credited for the excess energy you send back to the grid. You can draw that energy back later in the month, effectively using the grid as your own personal battery within a monthly billing cycle.
- Data is transmitted from your system’s inverters and is viewable online.
- Get real time feedback on your system’s performance.
- Monitor the financial and environmental benefits of your investment.
- Use your monitoring site as an education tool and on your website.
- StraightUp Solar will track monitoring to ensure system is performing as expected.
- View BikeWorks’ 25 kW system monitoring site.
Example of Modules We Install