Marc

/Marc Hickey

About Marc Hickey

This author has not yet filled in any details.
So far Marc Hickey has created 25 blog entries.

Should Covid-19 stop your search for a solar Photovoltaic provider?

Without any doubt it is incumbent on all Americans to take this pandemic seriously and limit exposure to other people, maintain social distancing, and practice good hygiene, but we at ARE Solar have instituted a policy that does all that and still allows us to help the community go green.   By using technology we [...]

By | March 23rd, 2020|Breaking News, Information, News|0 Comments

What’s in Store for Energy Storage in the 2020s?

Annual storage deployments expected to almost quadruple between 2019 and 2024. The global storage market is set to grow from approximately 4 GW in annual deployments in 2019 to more than 15 GW in 2024, according to new research from Wood Mackenzie. Based on analysis from its Foresight 20/20 series, the storage industry is in [...]

By | March 9th, 2020|Breaking News, Information, News|0 Comments

5 Steps: Xcel Energy Usage

Xcel Energy customers can follow these 5 easy steps to find their annual energy consumption, which is measured in kilowatt hours (kwh).   Step 1: Login to your Xcel Account   Step 2: Go to "My Usage" Step 3: Select "Table View" Scroll down a bit and select "Table View" Make sure that the timeframe [...]

By | March 5th, 2020|Information|2 Comments

Is solar photovoltaic a good idea in high wind areas, or should we build a wind generator instead?

The Bahamas, right smack dab in the middle of hurricane alley, are building multiple micro grids with solar photovoltaic panels to power the island and keep it powered up even after the next Cat 5 -180 mph storm hits the islands.  That’s because the solar panels are built to withstand the impact force of items [...]

By | March 4th, 2020|Breaking News, Information, News|0 Comments

Can Solar Panels on My Roof Survive Hurricane force winds? If not, How to Protect them?

All communities on the Front Range of Colorado require new homes and for that matter new solar system at the homes to be engineered to withstand hurricane force wind that are occasionally flowing off the mountains to batter this area. In 11 years that I have been building solar system I have never heard of [...]

By | February 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do Solar Panels make Your Roof Last Longer?

Yes, that portion of the roof under the solar array will no longer age. The normal process of asphalt shingles degrading over time is caused by rain and wind knocking the small granular stones off the asphalt and then the sun’s UV rays eat away at the asphalt exposing the underlayment. Once a solar system [...]

By | February 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Do Solar Panels Ruin Your Roof or make it leak?

If the array is installed by a qualified installer using a flashed attachment then absolutely the solar system will not damage your roof. In fact the portion of the roof under the solar system will never age any further as the harmful rays of the sun and force of rain no longer can get to [...]

By | February 21st, 2020|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Solar Photovoltaic inverter options, and how to decide what is best for you?

The Inverter you choose is one of the key decisions you will have to make when deciding on what type of Photovoltaic system you want. The Inverters convert direct current (DC) electricity generated by solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity that your home runs on. More important than the photovoltaic panels you select, the [...]

By | February 12th, 2020|Information|0 Comments

Do I need to replace my roof before I put photovoltaic installation?

It depends on the age and condition of your existing roof. If you have a wood shake roof the answer is most definitely yes.  If you have asphalt shingles and they still have half of their life remaining I would say you are fine installing a solar PV system on it.  However, it would not [...]

By | February 11th, 2020|Information|0 Comments

How long will it take to break even on my solar system investment?

The quintessential question of how long will it take to break even on the investment in a PV solar system varies, but it is typically in the range of 8-11 years for residential and 4-7 years for commercial. Some of the variable factors affecting the payback are: a larger system costs less per kilowatt installed [...]

By | February 5th, 2020|Information|0 Comments
Load More Posts