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A Solar Powered Home means a Better, Cleaner Future
There are so many reasons to transition your home to solar power; financial benefits and energy independence from expensive fossil-fueled utilities, as well as a longterm return on investments into your home, community, and our planet in need of protection.
Whether you go solar with rooftop solar panels, a solar ground mount, or through a ReVision maintained community solar farm, you’re protected from rising electric rates and will pay LESS for clean electricity over the system’s life than you would for dirty power from the utility company.
Lock in an electric rate lower than the utility by installing solar panels on your roof.
Going solar, and installing the host of solar powered technologies, lessens your family’s carbon footprint while bringing you numerous advantages to enjoy now and for many years to come:
- Solar is an economic opportunity – lock in a low, consistent price of electricity for 30+ years, while enjoying a significant return on investment thanks to solar technology’s reduced cost, financing options, and reliable performance. Additionally, the 30% Federal Solar Tax Credit and other incentives make going solar more affordable.
- Help build a better world for future generations – going solar is the best way to reduce carbon pollution from coal, oil, gas, and nuclear power plants. Solar is an abundant resource, and the most promising technology for transitioning humankind from fossil fuels to a clean energy economy.
- Gain energy independence – installing solar will make you less reliant on the power grid and on energy sources “from away.” Instead, support local power and stay immune to sporadic utility rate hikes.
- Solar is just the start – solar power is versatile and can be generated and used in a variety of ways. It can work on your roof, on the ground, or in the town over, and can heat and cool your spaces when combined with heat pumps. It can charge your vehicles and power your home in the case of an outage. Going solar is just the beginning!
How a Grid-Tied Solar Electric System Works
Grid-tied solar electricity (or solar photovoltaic electricity, “PV”) allows you to generate your home’s electricity whenever the sun is out – you can use the solar power as it’s created, export it to the grid and earn credits, or store it in a battery backup system to use in times of need.
1. Sunshine Hits the Panels
Sunlight causes electrons to move through the wiring connecting your home’s solar photovoltaic panels, creating direct current (DC) electricity. Grid-tied solar arrays require no batteries, no complex wiring, and no moving parts. Instead, they inter-tie directly with the grid (hence the name) allowing you to use the grid itself as a big battery.
2. A solar inverter converts DC power into AC power
The DC electricity produced by the solar panels is inverted into alternating current (AC) electricity that can be used in your home. The AC electricity flows into your circuit panel and is available for any active electric loads: lights, television, computers, refrigerator, electric vehicles, etc.
3. Excess power is sent to the grid
If your solar energy production exceeds your demand, then the extra solar electricity is pushed from your home out to the grid. A separate meter tracks this exported electricity. Called net metering, at the end of the month the utility will reconcile the difference between your solar production vs. electrical consumption, and you either earn a credit or are billed accordingly. Earned credits carry forward up to a year. Retail net metering is currently protected and accessible for new customers in all the states where we offer service: Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts.
Financing is Possible with Solar Loans
Many people want to go solar but find paying a large upfront sum to be a barrier, or they just feel more comfortable thinking about replacing their electric bill with a loan payment. There’s good news! ReVision Energy is able to offer competitively-priced solar loans that allow you to own your power by going solar.
A solar loan enables you to finance solar plus complementary tech – heat pumps, water heater, electric vehicle charger – all for an affordable monthly payment with no upfront cost. Rather than renting your power from the utility and subject to unexpected rate hikes, you can own your power with a solar loan and control your energy future.
Learn more about solar loans and financing, or start the process by talking with a ReVision Energy solar advisor.
There’s much to know about solar power for your home, and our team is happy to help you navigate your questions and the specifics of your home! We also encourage those of you who want to know more to read our Complete Guide to the Solar Solution, which covers a variety of topics and the benefits of solar power. Some of the most common questions we receive are:
Because grid-tied systems are grid-dependent, they will shut down when the connection to the utility is lost (this is a safety regulation that prevents PV systems from accidentally backfeeding and injury utility line workers). However, if you wish to maintain electricity in the event of a power outage, the ability to integrate battery storage with a grid-tied PV array is possible.
Pictured right: Installation of the next-gen Tesla Powerwall lithium-ion battery storage system at a customer’s home in Freeport, Maine. With the addition of batteries, a solar PV system can sustain a home through a power outage.
It absolutely does. Shorter days and tougher weather won’t stop your system from working in winter. We at ReVision Energy have been installing solar arrays in New England for over 15 years and have plenty of experience with designing solar arrays to endure everything winter can throw at them, from incredible cold to stacks of snow.
People are often surprised to learn that in Maine, New Hampshire, or Massachusetts, the economics of solar energy outperform traditional financial investment products, and with good reason.
Compare solar to an annuity, for instance. An annuity works by offering you a monthly payment for a fixed period of time, based on a pre-determined interest rate, which is around 2% right now. A solar electric system also requires an up-front investment, and offers a monthly “payment,” so to speak, in the form of reduced utility bills for the life of the system.
However, the solar electric investment is pegged to a commodity – electricity – which increases in the order of 2.5-3% each year. With electricity generated from a solar array, you have a flat rate “cost” of electricity that is locked in, meaning you avoid that increasing cost of electricity and save a lot of money over the life of the array, which is more money in your pocket. A financial investment indeed!
If you want to go solar but the upfront price is an obstacle, don’t worry! ReVision has made it possible to trade your power bill for solar thanks to solar loan options and financing.
A Virtuous Cycle
Unlike traditional financial investments, a solar investment has many different returns: for instance, a solar electric array will increase the value of your home by lowering the cost of ownership. An environmental return on your investment is also included as you are eliminating thousands of pounds of carbon pollution each year that you and your community can enjoy. For a closer look at solar economics, head over to our guide to going solar.
Owning a solar electric array comes with a powerful peace of mind: no matter what happens, you own a certain amount of your electric supply. As the cost of electricity increases, you pay no more for the same amount of electricity generated by solar. When the utility rate for power goes up, your solar power is worth proportionally more.
Step Toward Energy Independence
Solar electricity can power a complement of highly efficient household technologies like battery backup, electric vehicle charging, water heating and air source heat pumps – introducing the very real possibility of the 100% Renewable Household. Whether you are just Solar Curious or already committed to making taking the first steps towards building your solar-powered home, there are plenty of options available and the solar professionals at ReVision Energy are ready to advise you.
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A few samples of the thousands of solar projects we’ve installed over the years!