What You Need to Know

A proper solar electric system design begins with a detailed site evaluation. Our first step is always a thorough Solar Design analysis that models potential shading, annual electricity generation and investment payback. We use this information and your desired budget to recommend the best type and size of system for your home.

How Does It Work?

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems utilize the energy transmitted by the sun to produce electricity:

  1. Silicon crystals are embedded into solar panels.
  2. Sunlight “excites” the crystals, causing them to produce DC power.
  3. An inverter coverts the power to AC current and sends it to the main electrical supply.

At Geotherm, we use only monocrystalline silicon solar cells. Find out why »

Electric Systems

What Solar Electric System Design Types Are Available?

Solar energy systems are either Grid-Tied or Off-Grid.

Grid-Tied Systems are the most common type of solar electric system. With net metering, which is available in New York, the utility company stores the power from your solar array when you produce excess electricity—and delivers it back when you need it, at no cost!

Off-Grid Systems are a good solution if you want complete independence from utility companies, or if you need for remote locations where electricity is not available. Batteries are used to store the electricity generated by the arrays for use at night.

Learn more about Net Metering here »

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What Solar Array Options Are There?

Solar panels are available in many sizes and colors to conform to the unique requirements of your structure. The amount of energy you’ll get from the sun is largely dependent on how these panels are arranged and the inverter strategy you use.

solar electric system design-Roof Mount

  • Most cost-effective solution
  • Home/garage/barn acts as system support

solar electric system design-Ground Mount

  • Mounting structures connected to the ground with several pillars
  • Typically installed in rows and positioned to collect maximum energy

solar electric system design-Pole Mount

  • Offer maximum options & flexibility for set-up and location
  • Optional tilt-racks and tracking systems for more efficient energy collection

How Do I Get Started?

Let Geotherm evaluate your energy needs and determine which solar electric system design is right for you.

Get My Free Energy Evaluation & Quote »