Generator VS Solar With Battery Back Up?

What you need to know about Solar with a Backup Battery If you want power when the grid goes down you have the choice of getting a generator or a solar with battery backup system. (Also called an off grid solar system.) An off grid solar system will cost more than a generator but is […]

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Another Home goes Off the Grid!

We recently installed an 8kw ground mount pv system with battery back up for a customer in Johnston County.   Now his refrigerator, well pumps, kitchen, living room and bed room circuits all off the grid.  All other circuits are still powered by the utility however his solar system should net zero or come close to zeroing out his […]

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Want to take your home off grid?

Can you actually take your home off the grid?  This seems to be the holy grail of solar fans everywhere.  The answer is yes, but it’s easier said than done.  (See my previous post about off-grid systems for some background). If you have utility power and want to have off-grid capacity in case of a […]

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Solar Owners Fear Squirrel Apocolypse!

Yes, I said squirrel apocalypse! These furry monsters can be harbingers of destruction to your solar array.This past spring we’ve had three calls from customers whose solar arrays were not working properly.In all three cases a service call quickly determined that squirrels had made a nest under the array and chewed through the pv wire.Why they […]

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Taking your Well Pump Off Grid is a Viable Solar Option!

Let’s say the grid goes down for an extended period of time. The first day or two isn’t so bad.But now you are in survival mode.You may have a grill, propane, or wood for a fire.So you have heat and can cook.But how long will you last without water?Where will you get it once what […]

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Thinking of going off the grid? Here’s what you can expect.

“Why can’t I just go off the grid?”  That’s a question I hear from about a third of the people who call me interested in solar.  Some of them are very persistent as well.  “If I’m paying thousands of dollars for solar panels I want them to work in case of a power outage.”  A […]

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