Residential Solar Panel Systems
Light up your home with the sun
Tired of electricity bills? You're not the only one. We've served hundreds of residential clients in Northern California who have chosen to own their electricity by going solar. Installing a solar system on your property results in energy savings from day one, makes you eligible for a 30% tax credit, and even increases the value of your home.
Read more about our custom design solutions and your residential system choices below.
Custom Designed Solutions
Our team of design experts can do a free analysis of your property. We’ll gauge your annual energy usage from the previous year, evaluate your property, then make system and panel recommendations based off of our calculations. We specialize in both grid-tied and battery back-up systems to design the solution that’s the best fit and most efficient for your home.
Learn about our various system choices below.
INTERACTIVE SYSTEMS (GRID-TIED)
The interactive, or grid-tied, system requires an inverter and photovoltaic modules. The system is interconnected to the grid. Unlike the battery backup system, when there is a power outage a safety mechanism in the inverter blocks the solar power from backfeeding into your electrical system. Thus the solar system is dependent upon the grid (utility voltage) to operate.
BATTERY BACK-UP SYSTEMS
An interactive system with battery back-up is a system that interconnects to the grid (utility). It requires batteries, a bi-directional inverter, a standard inverter, and photovoltaic modules. If there is a utility power outage, the bidirectional inverter will disconnect from the grid and create its own “grid,” so to speak. This allows energy to be fed to a limited amount of circuits, maintaining some power during utility power outages.
The stand-alone system is independent of any other electrical production. It requires batteries, a charge controller, inverter and photovoltaic modules. In this set-up, there is no interconnection to the utility grid.
Rooftop installation allows for your solar panels to fit seamlessly into your pre-existing roof. It’s ideal for a streamlined, more aesthetic appearance and optimizing the space of your property. Rooftop systems also install easily and quickly.
Ground-mounted installations are ideal for orienting your panels for maximum efficiency. With sufficient lawn space, we can build a racking system directly into the ground and install your solar panels without being constrained by the size, shape, or direction of your roof.
Blue panels are made of polycrystalline. The color is largely due to an anti-reflective coating that helps improve the absorbing capacity and efficiency of the solar panels. These are typically less expensive and more widely used for solar electricity.
Black panels are made of monocrystalline. These are made of one large silicon crystal, and the way the light interacts with the silicon layer causes the panels to appear black in color. Monocrystalline panels are typically more energy-intensive, but also more expensive.
PAY IN FULL
Maximize your savings by paying for your system outright. With no loan payments, this option makes it possible for you to eliminate all the electricity costs associated with your home.
Secured loans are attached to your home and are typically easily approved. Make monthly payments, and if you sell your home, your loan can be assigned to the new homeowner.
Unsecured loans are a low-risk option that uses your solar panels as collateral instead of your home. Often, these monthly loan payments are less than the cost of your previous electric bill.
Will solar electricity really increase my property value?
Yes! Solar electricity is continually rising in popularity with audiences looking for eco-friendly ways to save money on their utility bills. Because of this, it’s becoming a growing asset in the housing market. Houses that come equipped with solar panels tend to sell for about $20,000 more than houses without. Plus, those houses spend a much shorter length of time on the market, as people are quick to snag a house with green energy options.
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Your First Step Towards Solar
At Addy Solar & Electric, we’re here to guide you throughout the process every step of the way. The first step we can take together is an on-site estimate by one of our sales and on-boarding experts. Our team will answer every installation question you have and give you guidance so you can make informed solar decisions. Even if you’re not ready to make the switch to solar, we’ll help create a plan and pathway to get you there.