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Martin & Julie Johnson – Customer Installation

Meet the Johnsons Understandably, people have different reasons for switching to solar. Some simply want to save money on their monthly power bill, while others— like Martin and Julie Johnson— wish to venture out on their own and live off-grid. Having lived in more than a dozen different houses over the past two decades, the … Continued

How to Size a Solar System: Step-by-Step

Investing in a solar system is a smart solution for homeowners. The latest solar panels and photovoltaic (PV) systems are easy to install, maintain, and operate, with long-term performance and energy savings. To make the most of your grid-tie solar system, you’ll want to know how to correctly size the system to cover your energy … Continued

Solar Commissioning Checklist: Off-Grid System

Commissioning your off-grid solar system can be an exciting step in your solar installation process. After all, once you’re finished you’ll be producing and using your own power!  Before you commission your system, there are a few things you can do to ensure everything goes off without any problems.  To help, we’ve put together an … Continued

Solar Panel Maintenance and Cleaning: What to Expect

A solar system is an investment, and as such, you’ll want to make the most of it. In addition to solar panel monitoring, regular solar panel cleaning and maintenance will make sure your system functions optimally for many years to come. Luckily, solar panel maintenance and cleaning aren’t too complicated, and most DIY solar users … Continued

Electrical Panel Requirements for Solar

If you’re thinking of going solar, having a baseline knowledge of what your solar panel electrical requirements will look like can help you make more informed decisions along the way. In this article, we’ll go over some key terminology, such as kilowatt-hours and voltage drops, considerations for grid-tie electrical panels, and information on wiring diagrams. … Continued

Solar Panel Monitoring: How It Works & Best Monitors

Solar panel monitoring systems are a great way to measure the solar panel efficiency and energy production of your solar array. They can even help you pinpoint particular problem areas in your system should they arise. Solar monitoring systems measure information about your system’s energy production, usually from solar inverters or a charge controller. The DC … Continued

Grid-Tied vs. Off-Grid Solar: Which is Right for You?

Let’s clear up one of the most common misconceptions in the solar industry: the idea that you must go “off the grid” to go solar. This article will explain the different types of solar power systems: grid-tied vs. off-grid. Many people call us looking for help going “off the grid.” But when we explore their motivations … Continued

Solar Panel Installation Guide: Step-by-Step Process

Installing solar panels by yourself can be a cost-effective and rewarding experience; you can save a significant amount of money by cutting contractors out of the equation and take pride in your own handiwork.  However, for the aspiring solar DIY-er, knowing how to install solar panels can seem daunting. Fear not! Whether you’re considering a … Continued

Solar Ground Mount vs. Roof Mount Racking: Which is Best?

Once you have your solar panels picked out, it’s time to decide which mounting system is best for your living space, budget, and energy needs. There are two types of solar mounting options: roof mount and ground mount racking systems. Roof mount systems affix to brackets on your roof, while ground mount systems are built … Continued