Don’t solar systems replace the electric company? Why do I need the grid?
In Power Home Solar’s line of work, it is often said that there is no off switch on the sun, which makes solar power an intriguing option for so many consumers tired of rising electricity bills. Why not replace your electric company altogether with solar panels, an energy source that is renewable and sustainable?
That’s a belief that some prospective solar customers have about going solar. As it stands now, though, it is very hard to sever ties with your power company cost effectively, as battery-plus-storage solutions add significant expense to your solar system. That’s why Power Home Solar installs grid-tied systems that allow you to draw needed power from your utility company when you’re using more power than what your panels can produce at any one time, or at night, when your panels aren’t producing any. Customers still have a reliable source of power to draw upon without the added cost of battery-plus-storage. And because you are interconnected to your power company, whatever excess energy your panels produce generate electric bill credits, allowing you reduce the amount you pay the power company. That also means that you benefit from all the power that your solar system produces, not just the amount that your home uses.
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The one drawback to being connected to the power grid is that your solar panels stop producing energy during power outages. That’s done for safety reasons to prevent an effect called “islanding,” which would occur if your panels were to continue sending power over lines that are damaged. Any utility worker handling broken lines with electricity still passing through them would be subjected to very dangerous conditions. Thus, your panels are programmed to stop producing. But remember, any power outage is temporary and fixed as quickly as possible, as downed power lines cost your utility company too.
With our innovative solar program, homeowners can go solar for $0 up-front cost, save money on their electric bills, and generate their own clean energy. The solar panels installed on your home are American made and come with a 25-year warranty, with many panels expected to last well beyond that.
Please feel free to fill out the handy form below or contact Power Home Solar at 800-765-2715, and one of our solar representatives will help you determine whether your home qualifies for this solar program.