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How Solar Works

A proper solar electric system design begins with a detailed site evaluation. Our first step is always a thorough Solar Pathfinder 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.

Types of Arrays

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 and where these panels are arranged and the inverter strategy you use.

Roof Mounts are the most cost-effective solution, as your home, garage, barn, etc., acts as the support for the panels. Installation labor costs are often lower, and permits are usually easier to attain for these arrays. This is a great option for utilizing otherwise unused space; although, it comes with the drawback of needing to be removed and re-installed if roof replacement is ever needed.

Ground Mounts are as they sound, mounting structures that are connected to the ground, typically installed in rows. These arrays are easy to access, easy to clean, and easier to troubleshoot should a problem arise. They even offer the possibility for expansion – assuming you have the space on the property.

Pole Mounts offer the most options and flexibility for set-up and location. Currently, there are options for side-of-pole, top-of-pole, and multi-pole solar mounts. While arguably less popular than the other options, optional tilt-racks and tracking systems can be included for even more efficient energy collection.

View our solar energy project gallery above for some examples of these various array types.