Solar Does it All

Solar can heat & cool your home and can be stored for backup power.

Solar isn't a one trick pony. When combined with various compatible technologies (all of which ReVision installs), solar can help your home or business become more efficient and less costly. 

Solar can heat and cool your home for less.

heat pump outside.pngToday, efficient air source heat pumps are the system of choice for both new construction and existing homes to heat and cool efficiently, with or without solar energy. An air source heat pump uses the same technology as a geothermal heat pump, but since it uses ambient air as its source it is a much simpler project and, as a result, a smaller upfront investment. 

Heat pumps have been used for decades in the Southern states, but thanks to dramatic improvements in their low-temperature performance, they are now being rapidly adopted in the Northeast. The latest generation of heat pumps can work in temperatures as low as -17 Fahrenheit. 

The vast majority of systems we install are ductless, consisting of an outside compressor/evaporator and an inside air handler. The units are connected using copper refrigerant line; we triple evacuate the lines with a deep vacuum and dry nitrogen purge before charging them with an advanced refrigerant for the most efficient and reliable installation. 

Based on current grid electricity prices, it costs the equivalent of around $2.30/gallon of oil to heat with a heat pump, and using solar, as little as $0.84/gallon! In cooling mode, a modern heat pump is roughly 1/2 the operating cost of a window unit air conditioner.

New England Heating Fuel Cost Comparison

The chart below compares average heating costs for different heating sources. Using recent average fuel prices in ME, MA, and NH, we can compare these fuel source by calculating their cost per million BTU (a unit of heat). You can see that it’s a lot more cost-effective for heat pumps to generate the same amount of heat as propane or oil heater, especially when powered by solar.

Fuel Source Cost per Unit Cost per Million BTUs*
Heat Pump Powered by Solar $0.08 / kWh $9.40
Heat Pump Powered by Grid $0.21 / kWh $24.60
Propane (2022 NE average) $3.89 / gallon $53.30
Heating Oil (2022 NE average) $4.95 / gallon $54.90


*Assumes typical oil boiler operating at 65% efficiency, propane at 80% efficiency, and heat pump at 250% efficiency (COP of 2.5). Solar PV kilowatt-hour cost of 8 cents per kilowatt-hour over 25-year timeframe based on typical pricing economics of a 8.5kw + system. Economics are estimates and subject to the local cost of oil, propane, and electricity.

Learn more about heat pumps on our dedicated page: Solar-Powered Heat Pumps

The most efficient way to get hot water currently is to install a solar electric system and then generate electricity which can be used to power an electric water heater. We strongly recommend a well-made Heat Pump Water Heater (HPWH) which offers an incredible combination of efficiency and convenience. 

Some facts about Heat Pump Water Heaters:

  1. Instead of creating heat, they simply move heat from one place to another, so they are much more efficient than conventional electric water heaters.
  2. They help dehumidify the room they are in. .
  3. They are highly insulated, meaning the energy you do use for hot water is not wasted in ‘standby losses’ as the tank sits idle.
  4. They are available in large tank sizes, which means that you can easily meet the needs of a 4+ person household.
  5. Many states have cash rebates for installing them.
  6. They are one of the only water heating systems that can be powered by the sun.

The climate crisis is leading to an increase in extreme weather events and power outages across New England. Combined with our growing reliance on home electronics, this has led many New England homeowners to install fossil fuel-powered generators to provide backup power in case of a grid outage. Thanks to rapidly improving solar technology, we can now offer a cleaner, quieter, more efficient method of backup power: Solar Battery Storage.

4-tesla-powerwalls-installed-by-revision.jpegEvery solar system we are currently designing is ‘forward compatible’ with storage, whether or not a battery pack is installed at the time of the solar installation. Not only can these “solar batteries” keep the lights on when the grid is down, but they can also support the utility grid by filling intermittent gaps in renewable energy production on stormy days.

A lot of progress has been made in the technologies that are involved in solar electric power production. The area of batteries is no different. Just a few years ago, the cost and challenge to integrate battery systems with a solar electric array meant that unless there was a specific use case—remote location, critical 24/7 electric loads—we would often advise a customer against adding battery storage. Simply put, a grid-tied solar array (dependent on the grid with no on-site battery backup) was simpler, more reliable, and a better overall investment.

Learn more about solar batteries on our dedicated page: Solar Battery Backup

100-solar-household.pngConsider the home above, a solar powered household that runs fully on the abundant energy of the sun. While a fully 100% renewable household is not an immediately viable option for everyone, we can all take tangible steps towards lessening our impact through solar technologies. 

Combining the benefits of year-round reliable solar energy, the efficiency of heating and cooling pumps, and the savings of solar backup storage, the 100% Renewable Household (or 90%, or even 60%) is a real possibility for homes and businesses today. 

But if you're still not convinced, consider our last and final reason: Solar is how we can ensure a better future for coming generations.  

It's a proven solution to the growing climate crisis. The more we implement solar and its related technologies into our infrastructure and lifestyles, the greater chance our kids and grandkids have to live in a world that is cleaner, more equitable, and beneficial for all. That's a pretty strong reason for us; it's actually our driving mission and the whole reason behind ReVision work. 

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