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 […]

By |May 13, 2014|Categories: Education, PV 101, Residential Solar, Solar PV|Tags: , , |0 Comments

PV 101: What does “Behind The Meter” mean?

Solar In the Taos Area

In New Mexico, specifically in Taos and the Kit Carson Electric Cooperative (KCEC) Territory, there exists a 5% cap on the limit of generating renewable energy.  The 5% limit is imposed on the local cooperative by Tri-State Generation and Transmission, the KCEC wholesale supplier.  Under agreement […]

By |May 07, 2014|Categories: Education, PV 101, Residential Solar, Uncategorized|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

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

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

How To Prepare Your Solar PV For Winter [Infographic]

Solar homeowners, this one is for you!  Are you prepared for winter?  The latest PPC Solar infographic features the steps to a healthy and happy home solar electric system.  Follow the steps below, and you will be on your way to a sunny future!

For more detail, see Prepare Your PV For Winter

 

By |November 07, 2013|Categories: D.I.Y., Solar PV|Tags: , |0 Comments

PV 101 | Solar Panel Basics for Homeowners

For homeowners, the cost of installing a residential solar system has fallen dramatically over recent years. More and more people are putting solar panels on their homes to offset their electricity bills. How do they work? What are differences between the different sizes of panels? What are important factors homeowners […]

By |October 22, 2013|Categories: PV 101, Solar PV|Tags: , |0 Comments

Company Timeline

The history of PPC closely parallels and follows the development of the photovoltaic industry in America. Since 1979, the complete story of Paradise Power Company is one of people, fortitude, and integrity that reflect our core values and our vision of a solar-powered future for the next generation.

By |October 09, 2013|Categories: Company, Solar PV|Tags: , |0 Comments