Choosing Your Off-Grid Living Appliances: Ranges & Refrigerator’s

We were going to write our own blog about this…but why reinvent the wheel!  Michael Welch with Home Power wrote an insightful article on the topic of choosing ranges.

“Most gas ovens use either a pilot light—a continuously burning flame—or an electric element (aka glow bar) for lighting the gas flame. The downside of a […]

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Lead Acid Batteries…100% recyclable

Not all batteries are created equal.  Check out the closed loop battery manufacturing that East Penn employs…this makes their product a 100% recycled battery!  We are proud to support that!

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Top 5 Websites for New Mexico Solar

In New Mexico, solar power is truly a hot topic.  I thought I’d put together a list of our 5 top sites that we (as an installation company) visit to give us more information and education.  Keep in mind, these websites give great information and are educational resources for solar across the country, but also […]

Debunking Solar Myths… Myth #2

Solar will get more efficient and cheaper, so I should wait.

It definitely does not pay to wait.  Unlike smartphones and tablets, modern solar technology has changed little for decades.  The basic technology for panels is the same since the 1960’s.

While solar panels are getting slightly more efficient and cost are falling, the […]

Taos Academy Charter School Solar Array Video

One of our favorite things about being in the solar industry is putting solar on schools, and being able to share our solar knowledge with the students.  For 7 weeks, we are teaching a Solar Energy Lab Class at Taos Academy.  Using the solar array as a teaching tool has been invaluable and given […]

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Off-Grid: Lead-Acid Batteries & Low Voltage Disconnect (LVD)

Today we are discussing the battery component of an off-grid solar electric system.

Batteries store the energy that is produced during the day by solar photovoltaic (PV) panels.  The energy collected in the batteries is used during cloudy days and/or at night.  Grid-tie systems do […]

Debunking Solar Myths… Myth #4

Solar Power is not good for the Utility Grid 

Two weeks ago, I was speaking at the New Mexico Co-op Members Association meeting (where all the NM Electric Co-ops meet to share ideas), and I was asked:  “How can solar benefit my utility?”

This is what I told them:

Not only can solar help you meet your renewable portfolio […]

Should I store my excess energy in batteries?

Thinking of investing in a grid-tie solar PV system?  Direct grid-tie PV systems will not produce power when the grid fails. For safety reasons, your home solar power system will automatically shut off if the power goes out. This is to protect utility workers who might be working on damaged or downed […]

Debunking Solar Myths… Myth #5

I will have to change all my appliances if I get solar

Many homeowners perceive solar is a complete switchover from regular utility electricity.  In fact, you don’t have to change out any of your appliances.  With a grid-tie system, there is no change with the way power is distributed through your home or the […]

PV 101: What Does “Net-Metering” Mean for Homeowners?

What is Net Metering?

According to DSIRE Solar Portal (Database of State Incentives for Renewables & Efficiency), 43 US states (and Washington D.C.) utilize a form of net metering and have enacted net metering policy.  Procedure and policy can vary for each state.

Net energy metering (or “net metering”) is a special billing […]

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