Inverters: What you should know

Solar Inverters

Inverters are not always the first thing that comes to mind when considering adding solar to a home or business. But an inverter chosen for a PV system is equally as important as the panels. Below we will go over the advancements in inverter technology, and explain why NM Solar Group uses the best solar inverters on the market.

Differences in Solar Inverters

String inverters were the original system to change DC energy (raw energy) to AC energy (the energy that prominently runs through your home).   The problem with string inverters is they are like Christmas lights. They can only produce power to the lowest current, so any shading on a panel or a lower producing panel effects the entire system.

Then came the micro inverter.   Leading the charge was enphase, AP systems, and behind that was Solar bridge micros.   They change DC energy to AC right at the panel.  Allowing clients to see panel for panel monitoring and allowing installers to use many different planes for installs.
Solar Edge came in after and changed the game.   Please reference their stock price compared to enphase or the owner of Solar Bridge Sunpower.   Solar Edge took the best of both worlds.    Parallel or each panel independently operates and they send DC energy down to a central inverter making it cheaper and easier to add a battery.   Each optimizer still allows you to monitor the panels individually but it also helps each panel to produce the optimal amount.   The largest transfer or lose of energy happens when DC gets changed to AC.   Doing that that inside of a garage or on a shaded side of your house is much more efficient and better for the electronics than doing it on the hot roof.
At NM Solar Group we chose to use Solar Edge with optimizers because we believe in doing what's best for our clients, and making sure their systems run properly as long as possible.
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SolarEdge

 

Increase Home Value by Installing Solar

Installing solar panels on your house and owning the system can pay for itself with an increase in value to your home. According to a study conducted by Berkeley National Lab with Sandia National Labs, the average increase in a home's value across the nation is about $3.78 per Watt. The average home has a 6KW system, translating to (6KWx$3.78=$22,680) about a $22k increase in value immediately after the install is complete. Meaning homes with solar panel systems sell for more than without.

Do Solar Panels add Value to a house?

The study analyzed 20,000 homes in six states across the country to find out just how much a solar panel system would increase the price of a home. The study concluded, home values increased at a rate between $2.68- $4.31 per watt of energy. This data is just beginning to become an asset to realtors while selling homes. Solar panel systems are becoming exceedingly popular making it easier for realtors to value these systems, and recognize the potential for home value increase. Speaking to New Mexican appraiser Mark Raney, SRA who specializes in "valuation of sustainable homes, he says "Many appraisers use ‘PV value’, a program originally developed by a Sandia Labs engineer to get the value contribution.  Just type in the size and age of the system, the tilt of the panels and the zip code and they will set a value."

If you are thinking about purchasing a solar system for your home, the study should give you confidence that you are making a smart investment. The study found that homes with owned solar panels will benefit from a ‘solar premium’ when they are sold because buyers are willing to pay more for a home with solar panels.

The location, size, age, and efficiency must be considered when evaluating the value of a home with a PV system. To be sure you are getting the maximum value while getting your home appraisal done with your solar panel system, be sure to use one of the many New Mexican appraisers who specializes in the valuation of sustainable buildings

Is it worth the Investment?

This suggests that if you sell your house soon after you have a solar system installed, you will recoup most or all of your investment while saving money on your power bills. It also confirms: Payback periods on solar power systems are not something to be overly concerned about. Your solar system will either increase your home value should you decide to sell your house, or it will pay itself off in power bill savings before you move out. In both cases, solar is a sound investment."

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EnergySage

Electricity Markets & Policy Group

 

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In New Mexico, we tend not to move around a ton and solar is a 25 year commitment for that house whether you live there or not.

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They aren't here to stay and don't have a vested interest in our community.  Whether you do a

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purchase, lease, or power purchase agreement there are ALWAYS costs.  All of these ways are cheaper than the Utility.

Purchase Power Agreement and Leases

Power Purchase agreement and leases claim to be free equipment and then the client purchases the energy produced from the their solar array on their roof.

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Owning your New Mexico solar is the best way to go for three reasons.

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All of these things are great reasons to own your own solar.

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Local solar companies are the way to go.  With local solar companies we have local owners, presidents, CEO's, CFO's, and decision makers.

We have houses in your communities.  Local solar companies go to the balloon fiesta, the Fair, and Old Town.

Local solar companies pay property taxes, gross receipts tax, and state income tax.

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Solar power options for homes

Local solar is the way to go.   Why go corporate?  Why go with a company disconnected from you?

Solar is growing in New Mexico. Right now we have SolAero Technologies building solar panels right here in Albuquerque.

For example:

Have you ever tried calling a call center and no one will take responsibility for anything?

Then they keep transferring you to a different department without communicating to each other?

You have to ask to speak with a manager just to get someone who will listen to you.

Lastly, then the call gets disconnected.  Not a fun scenario, but I am sure many of you have had that experience.

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Owning your solar in New Mexico is the way to go for the New Mexican.

Reach out to the growing and soon to be go to Albuquerque solar company, you will be glad that you did, we can save you money.