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Things to 

Consider

As you begin to plan out your solar installation there are a few key components and optional items that you may need to select.

You may want some of these

Optional Items

Energy Storage

Energy Storage

This enables storing enough energy to power your entire home or just essential parts during utility grid outages.

Electrical Panel Upgrade

Electrical Panel Upgrade

A panel upgrade may not always be necessary. However, if you are planning to get an EV or if your current panel is full, upgrading can enhance safety and efficiency.

Trim Packages

Trim Packages

We offer trim that can wrap around your solar array to acheive a sleek look or to keep critters and debris out.

EV Charging

EV Charging

Installing an EV charger with solar panels maximizes renewable energy use, reducing reliance on the grid and fossil fuels for electric vehicle charging.

Consumption Monitoring

Consumption Monitoring

Whole home consumption monitoring with a solar array allows for precise energy usage tracking, optimizing solar efficiency and reducing electricity costs.

Surge Suppression

Surge Suppression

Keep your home safer with surge protection installed into your electrical panel. This may be required in some areas due to electrical codes. 

Ground Mounts

Ground Mounts

Turn your open land into money! If you have the space, this is the most effective production per panel.

Trenching

Trenching

Burying cables offers enhanced safety and durability  and looks better when compared to overhead conductors.

Tree Trimming

Tree Trimming

Before installing a solar array, it’s crucial to trim trees to ensure optimal sunlight exposure, and we can refer you to an excellent company if needed.

Reroofing

Reroofing

If reroofing is needed before solar installation, we can coordinate with trusted partners to align with your solar timeline.

Storing sunshine for later

Energy Storage

Imagine a system that allows you to capture solar energy during the day and store it for use whenever you need it, even during power outages or at night. This is the essence of home energy storage, a key component for any household looking to maximize their solar investment and gain independence from the utility grid.

Our Storage Options:

Enphase 5P IQ Battery

The Enphase IQ Battery 10T is comprised of three base IQ Battery 3T storage units. It provides backup capability and installers can quickly design the right system size to meet the needs of both new and retrofit solar customers.

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Enphase 10T IQ Battery

Enphase IQ Batteries use lithium iron phosphate chemistry, which means they are safer, last longer, and cost less than other battery chemistry alternatives. Because Enphase IQ Batteries are modular by design, you can easily add more capacity and grow your system over time.

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Enphase Sunlight Backup

An Enphase Sunlight backup system provides backup when the sun is shining. The system provides backup for up to 4x 240V or 8x 120V circuits. The system consists of several enphase parts and accessories.

Energy storage with batteries in a residential home typically works by storing excess electricity generated from renewable energy sources or during off-peak hours when electricity rates are lower, and then using that stored energy during times of high demand or when renewable energy sources are not generating electricity (such as at night or during cloudy days). Here’s a simplified explanation of how it works:

  • Capture Energy: Electricity is generated through renewable sources such as solar panels or it’s drawn from the grid during off-peak hours when electricity rates are lower.
  • Discharge: When electricity demand in the home is high or when renewable energy sources are not generating electricity, the stored energy in the batteries is discharged.
  • Power Supply: The discharged energy is then used to power electrical appliances, lights, and other devices in the home.
  • Grid Interaction (Optional): In some cases, homes with battery storage systems can also interact with the grid. They can sell excess stored energy back to the grid during peak demand periods when electricity prices are high or draw electricity from the grid when renewable energy generation is low and the batteries are depleted.
  • Monitoring and Control: A monitoring and control system manages the charging and discharging of batteries to ensure efficient use of stored energy and to protect the batteries from overcharging or over-discharging,

Overall, energy storage with batteries in a residential home allows homeowners to reduce their reliance on the grid, increase energy independence, and potentially save money on electricity bills by optimizing energy usage and taking advantage of fluctuating electricity prices.

Passing through all that sunpower

Electrical Panel Upgrade

Not all solar installations will require an upgrade to the main electrical panel. However, when necessary, upgrading the panel provides several benefits: it increases the system’s capacity to handle higher loads, enhances safety by reducing the risk of overloading circuits, and ensures compatibility with modern, energy-efficient appliances and systems. Additionally, this upgrade can future-proof your home for additional electrical demands and potentially increase the property’s value.

Our Panel Upgrade Options:

Span Smart Panel Upgrade

Use it for emergency home backup, take it on the road, or pair it with solar for renewable clean energy.

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Leviton Smart Panel Upgrade

The My Leviton app provides an interface where users can change their Essential and Nonessential circuits at any time, with no need for re-wiring

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Standard Main Panel Upgrade

​Choosing a standard panel over a smart panel can be more cost-effective and simpler for those with straightforward electrical needs and no requirement for advanced energy management or monitoring features.

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A main panel upgrade for a residential home may be necessary or beneficial for several reasons:

  • Increased Electrical Demand: Over time, homeowners may add new appliances, devices, or electrical equipment that requires more power than the existing electrical panel can handle. This could include things like installing air conditioning units, upgrading kitchen appliances, or adding a home office with multiple computers and printers. Upgrading the main panel allows for sufficient electrical capacity to meet the increased demand without overloading the system.
  • Safety Concerns: Older homes may have electrical panels that are outdated or not up to current safety standards. Upgrading to a newer panel with updated circuit breakers and safety features can reduce the risk of electrical fires, shocks, and other hazards associated with outdated electrical systems.
  • Home Renovations: If you’re planning a major renovation or addition to your home, such as adding a new room or finishing a basement, you may need to upgrade the main panel to accommodate the additional electrical load. This ensures that the electrical system can safely support the increased demand from the new or renovated space.
  • Future-Proofing: Upgrading the main panel can also be a proactive measure to future-proof your home against potential increases in electrical demand as technology evolves and lifestyles change. Investing in a larger, more capable electrical panel now can save you from the hassle and expense of having to upgrade again in the future.

Put it in a frame

Trim Packages

Adding trim packages like IronRidge’s Contour Trim or SolaTrim’s Squirrel Guard to your solar installation can significantly enhance the system’s aesthetics, durability, and protection against pests and environmental damage. These additions not only improve the visual appeal of the solar panels but also extend their lifespan by guarding against physical damage and reducing the need for frequent maintenance. Overall, trim packages are a wise investment for optimizing the performance and longevity of your solar panel system.

Our Trim Package Options:

Contour Trim

IronRidge's Contour Trim offers an innovative solution designed to seamlessly integrate with your solar installation, enhancing its aesthetic appeal while providing additional protection against environmental elements.

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Ironridge Contour solartrim package

Squirrel Guard

SolaTrim's Squirrel Guard provides homeowners with a durable barrier against pests, ensuring the longevity and efficiency of their solar installations by preventing damage caused by squirrels and other small animals.

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Installing squirrel guards or solar trim on a residential solar installation serves several important purposes:

  • Preventing Damage: Squirrels and other animals can cause damage to solar panels by chewing on wires, nesting underneath them, or scratching the surface. Squirrel guards are typically made of metal mesh or other durable materials and are installed around the perimeter of the solar array to prevent animals from accessing the space beneath the panels.
  • Protecting Wires and Components: Squirrels and other animals may also chew on electrical wires and components connected to the solar panels, which can lead to electrical faults, short circuits, and potential fire hazards. By installing squirrel guards, you can protect the wiring and components of the solar installation from damage caused by wildlife.
  • Preserving Energy Production: Damage to solar panels or their components can reduce their efficiency and overall energy production. By preventing animals from accessing and damaging the solar array, squirrel guards help maintain optimal performance and maximize energy generation from the solar installation.

Maintaining Aesthetic Appeal: Solar trim, also known as edge protection or panel skirts, is often installed around the perimeter of the solar array to improve the appearance of the installation and provide a finished look. It covers the gaps between the bottom of the panels and the roof, hiding any exposed wires or mounting hardware, and creating a more aesthetically pleasing appearance.

Overall, a main panel upgrade for a residential home is typically done to ensure safety, meet increased electrical demand, comply with building codes, accommodate renovations or additions, support renewable energy systems, and future-proof the home’s electrical infrastructure.

Use your energy on the road

EV Charging

Adding an EV charger to your solar setup helps you use sunlight to power your car, cutting down on fuel costs and pollution. It’s a smart, eco-friendly choice that can also make your home more valuable.

EV Charger Options:

HSC-40 EV Charger

With a fully sealed NEMA 4 enclosure for outdoor or indoor installation, the COSMOS technology allows businesses to easily integrate EV charging with building energy management or other third-party monitoring and control systems.

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Tesla
EV Charger

Universal Wall Connector is a convenient charging solution for Tesla and non-Tesla electric vehicles alike.

Any EV Charger

EV chargers are classified as Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3, with Level 1 being the slowest to charge and Level 3 being the fastest. Level 3 chargers require far too much power to install at home, making Level 2 chargers the fastest at-home charging solution. 

Installing an Electric Vehicle (EV) charger as part of a solar installation offers several benefits:

  • Green Transportation: Pairing an EV charger with solar panels promotes sustainable transportation. By using solar energy to charge an electric vehicle, homeowners can reduce their reliance on fossil fuels and lower their carbon footprint.
  • Energy Independence: Solar panels generate electricity from sunlight, providing homeowners with a renewable and independent source of energy. When combined with an EV charger, solar energy can power electric vehicles, further reducing dependence on the grid and fossil fuels.
  • Cost Savings: Charging an electric vehicle with solar energy can lead to significant cost savings over time. Solar electricity is often cheaper than grid electricity, especially when considering the long-term savings from reduced fuel costs and lower maintenance expenses for electric vehicles compared to gasoline-powered cars.
  • Peak Load Management: Electric vehicles are typically charged overnight when electricity demand is lower and rates may be cheaper. By charging electric vehicles with solar energy during the day, homeowners can help manage peak electricity demand on the grid, reducing strain on the electrical infrastructure and potentially lowering electricity costs for the community.
  • Increased Home Value: Installing an EV charger as part of a solar installation can increase the overall value of the home. As electric vehicles become more popular and demand for charging infrastructure grows, homes equipped with EV chargers may become more attractive to potential buyers.

See how you use your energy

Consumption Monitoring

Adding whole home consumption monitoring to a solar array lets homeowners see exactly how much energy they’re using and producing. This insight helps manage electricity use more efficiently, potentially saving money and ensuring the solar investment is fully utilized.

Whole Home Consumption Monitoring Options:

Enphase Monitoring

Monitor your system status from anywhere and know exactly how much energy your solar system is producing. Generate reports on energy production by day, week, month, or year. Complete with clean and easy-to-read graphs and infographics.

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Sense Monitoring

The Sense home energy monitor detects devices by making use of the fact that every device plugged into your home’s electrical system has a signature approach to using electricity.

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Protect Your whole home

Surge Suppression

Adding whole home surge suppression to a solar array protects the entire home’s electrical system and devices from sudden spikes in power, which can happen during storms or power grid issues. This extra layer of protection helps avoid costly damage to the solar setup and household electronics, ensuring everything runs smoothly and safely.

Installing whole-home surge protection offers several important benefits:

  • Protection of Electronics and Appliances: Whole-home surge protection helps safeguard all the electronic devices and appliances in your home from voltage spikes caused by power surges. This includes sensitive equipment such as computers, TVs, refrigerators, air conditioners, and home automation systems. By preventing damage from surges, you can extend the lifespan of your electronics and avoid costly repairs or replacements.
  • Enhanced Safety: Power surges can pose a safety risk by damaging electrical wiring and causing electrical fires. By installing surge protection at the main electrical panel, you can help reduce the risk of electrical fires and protect your home and family from potential hazards associated with power surges.
  • Protection from External Events: Power surges can occur due to external factors such as lightning strikes, utility grid fluctuations, or nearby electrical faults. Whole-home surge protection can mitigate the impact of these external events by diverting excess voltage away from your home’s electrical system, preventing damage to your electronics and appliances.
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