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The utility meter records the net amount of energy you use when you are enrolled in your utility company's net energy metering program. When you're generating more electricity with your PV system than you're using, your meter will "spin backwards" and the excess electricity is sent to the electric grid. This provides you with a surplus to help offset the cost of your electricity usage at night or on cloudy days when your system is not producing. (information courtesy of Go Solar California)
NuSolar installs Solar PV Systems using high efficiency industry leading products to bring you the best cost per watt return. Our systems come STANDARD with POWER OPTIMIZER TECHNOLOGY that allows each panel to perform independently at maximum output to give you the best system performance possible. Which means, even if part of your system is shaded at some point in the day the rest of the system would continue producing...systems without Power Optimizer Technology do NOT continue to produce if one panel is shaded. We are a big fan of SolarEdge Inverters and Power Optimizers. In addition, SolarEdge has an on-line monitoring portal which allows us and you to monitor your system 24 hours per day. NuSolar will make sure your system is live at the end of the install.
Our goal is to first reduce your energy consumption in any way possible and then build a solar electric system specific to your home’s needs. We take care of every step of the process including design, system sizing, permitting, financing paperwork (if needed), top quality installation, and N.E.M. (Net Energy Metering) with your electrical provider.
Summer is the absolute best time to "go solar." Here is a link to the PG&E Net Energy Metering tutorial which explains how the credits are used. Since solar energy comes from the sun it makes sense to start banking those credits in the summertime!
Solar Photovoltaic (PV) refers to the process of turning sunlight into electricity. Individual PV cells are connected to panels. Solar panels convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity where an inverter converts DC into alternating current (AC) for electricity in the home.
A PV system components include PV modules (groups of PV cells), which are commonly called PV panels; one or more batteries; a charge regulator or controller for a stand-alone system; an inverter to convert solar power from direct current (DC) to the alternating current (AC) of the utility grid-connected system; wiring; and mounting hardware or a framework. A PV module arranges individual PV cells, and the modules are grouped together in an array. Some of the arrays are set on special tracking devices to follow sunlight all day long and improve system efficiency.
You could install a photovoltaic (PV) or solar electric system yourself. But to avoid complications or injury, you will probably want to hire a reputable professional contractor with experience installing solar systems. While they are sophisticated electric systems, PV systems have few moving parts, so they require little maintenance. The basic PV module (an interconnected, enclosed panel of PV cells) has no moving parts and can last more than 30 years while requiring little maintenance. The components are designed to meet strict dependability and durability standards to withstand the elements. The best way to ensure and extend the life and effectiveness of your PV system is by having it installed and maintained properly. Most PV system problems occur because of poor or sloppy system installation. Solar systems that receive rebates through California utilities are required to have a 10-year system warranty.
Lower your electricity bills by using the sun to generate power
Any over production of electricity gets banked with PGE. You then use those credits during the winter months when your system isn't able to produce as much.
Reduce your carbon footprint
Become Energy Independent