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Can I power my entire home with a photovoltaic Lithium Ion Battery Back-up system?

The answer is yes and no. No you can not likely afford enough batteries to power your entire home if the grid is down for a week; but yes you can power the Critical Load items of your home or business from a Photovoltaic Battery Back-up system. If we use a 10kW photovoltaic system as [...]

By | May 22nd, 2020|Information|0 Comments

Will solar power still work if the grid power goes out?

When the grid power goes off most solar photovoltaic system will shut down automatically also. This is a built in safety feature to protect power company linemen working on the wires from being electrocuted by solar photovoltaic back flowing to the grid and electrifying power lines they assumed were turned off. However, if maintaining the [...]

By | April 20th, 2020|Information|0 Comments

Does my house need to face a certain way for solar panels to be beneficial? / What direction is the best facing for solar panels?

Any structure has a roof that can be made to work with a solar Photovoltaic system. South is always best but east and west work fine. It is just the north face we do not use without adjusting the angle to the sun. For more info Since Colorado is in the northern hemisphere and not [...]

By | March 30th, 2020|Information|0 Comments

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

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
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