Solar Installation Step-By-Step for Homeowners

Residential solar electric systems can provide energy independence for homeowners.  BUT, remember …  its always good to play an active role in the process.

Although the actual solar panel install and wiring may only take a few days, there are other considerations and factors that come into play when completing a solar installation.  Here are […]

By |April 22, 2014|Categories: Education, PV 101, Residential Solar, Solar PV|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

51kW Solar Array Time-Lapse [Video]: Eastern New Mexico University, Ruidoso

Since 1934, Eastern New Mexico University has served the region as a center of higher education and life-long learning, providing educational opportunities for an expanding spectrum of learners.  PPC Solar is proud to have been chosen to install the 51kW roof-top solar array that will power the school.  This project provides the school […]

By |March 28, 2014|Categories: Company, Education, Projects, School, Solar PV, Video|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Top Questions Before The Solar Installation: Part 1

The decision to switch to solar power involves many choices.  We always encourage homeowners to do their research and due diligence before signing a contract – as well as obtaining quotes from at least 3 solar installers.  Taking the time to make the decision will save you stress and worry, and lead you to […]

By |March 26, 2014|Categories: Company, Education, PV 101, Residential Solar, Solar PV|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

5 Important Site Characteristics for a PV Solar System

You want to get solar for your home but have no idea where it should go? Ideal locations for a home PV Solar System can often vary from site to site. As part of the PV process, most installers conduct a site assessment which allows them to analyze and examine your site and potential […]

By |March 20, 2014|Categories: Education, PV 101, Residential Solar, Solar PV||0 Comments

PV 101 | How Will A Solar Installation Affect My Roof?

As a PV solar installer in New Mexico, we have come to understand the challenges of roof top solar installations.  As an important component in the solar site analysis, we identify and evaluate several characteristics, such as (but not limited to):  roof drainage, […]

By |March 11, 2014|Categories: Education, PV 101, Solar PV||0 Comments

Your Tough Solar Questions Answered

When making an investment in a solar PV system, there are several key questions to ask your installer.  With the Solar Industry growing at a rapid rate, and with so many companies and contractors vying for your business,

By |February 14, 2014|Categories: Company, Education, PV 101, Solar PV||0 Comments

Old School Solar PV Equipment [Video]!

We discovered solar treasure!  During our recent move, we unearthed some interesting pieces of Solar PV history, as well as our own history at PPC Solar…  This was groundbreaking in the 70’s!  Now it’s a cool testimony to where we come from, and how long we have been in business.  Please share – and […]

By |January 31, 2014|Categories: Company, D.I.Y., Solar PV, Video|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) Benefits

Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) is a growing area within the booming renewable energy industry. Research from NanoMarkets forecasts that the BIPV market is projected to surpass $11 billion by 2016.  Growing from 343 megawatts installed to 3.6 gigawatts installed by 2016.  That’s 3.6 billion watts!  According to an National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) technical report on BIPV, many stakeholders describe BIPV as a multifunctional product—one that acts as both a building material and a device that generates electricity (e.g., a solar shingle).

Most of the residential solar installations are Building Applied Photovoltaics (BAPV), meaning that the solar is a retrofit, added to the roof  after the structure is completed.  BIPV systems replace building elements instead of being applied over other elements.  In this case, we are speaking of carport arrays, and awnings designed to shade building structures.

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By |December 19, 2013|Categories: Education, Projects, Solar PV|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

PV 101: How To Calculate Electrical Loads for Solar

In the last PV 101 Installment we discussed the basic principles of photovoltaics (PV) and modules.  When designing an optimal solar electric system for grid-tie or off-grid, the first step is determining daily average electricity usage or loads.  This article will review […]

By |December 04, 2013|Categories: D.I.Y., Solar PV|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Help PPC Give The Gift of Light (Solar!)

One of my favorite core values at PPC Solar is: Passion – Love what you do.  Once in awhile, creative and worthwhile opportunities come across our paths that we at PPC cannot ignore or refuse, because of our excitement and commitment for spreading the love of solar and what it means […]

By |November 26, 2013|Categories: Company, Projects, Solar PV|Tags: , , , |0 Comments