Author - Katharine

How Much Solar Do I Need?

Its one of the first questions a homeowner asks (along with what will it cost) but honestly there is no one-size-fits-all answer. Whether your goal is to reduce your electricity bill, generate your own clean energy or increase the value of your home, leasing or purchasing a solar photovoltaic ( PV ) system is a great choice and its important to work with an expert to correctly design and size your system. System sizing can depend on a variety of factors but step one is usually to analyze the electrical consumption of your building. Your solar installer should ask to see at least a years worth of electricity bills and will use this data to determine how many kilowatt hours [...]

Off Grid Upgrade

We just completed an inverter upgrade for a special off grid client, William's mom!  She was using an ancient Trace 2024 modified square wave inverter.  These are the inexpensive and easy to buy type of inverters you find in auto part stores and hardware stores.  While they do provide AC power at 120 volts, it isn't very "clean".  The power output is especially hard on battery chargers for things like cordless tools, laptop computers and TV/stereo systems.  In fact she has had two laptop failures - and my guess points to the inverter as the problem.  All we had to do was match the battery voltage and upgrade to a 24 volt pure sine wave inverter.  Now Annie has [...]