Clean Energy Design has over 20 years of experience installing efficient solar photovoltaics (PV) systems, PV solar panels and solar shingles on commercial buildings and residences for individuals, businesses & non-profit organizations throughout New England. We are specialists in designing creative solutions and integrating multiple types of energy systems. Given the current tax and state incentives, there has never been a more attractive time to begin your solar PV project.
Solar Photovoltaics (PV) Panels and Power
The solar photovoltaic cell is the building block of the solar PV panel. This direct current power is then safely converted into utility-grade alternating current (AC) power for typical household or commercial use. This conversion is done by a power inverter.
Photovoltaic solar panels are assembled into arrays of panels which can be appropriately sized to meet a variety of household or commercial needs. Solar PV systems can easily be integrated into new and existing construction. The most desirable site feature for this type of system is an unobstructed south-facing roof but not every site has this option available to them. Clean Energy Design has developed successful solutions for wide variety of sites and conditions, both commercial and residential.
Today the most common type of photovoltaic system installation is a direct grid-tied system. A direct grid-tied system does not have a battery back-up component. While this type of system will operate more efficiently and require less maintenance in the long term, in the event of a power outage it will not provide electricity. If you are in an area where power outages are common, we may suggest adding a battery back-up component, instead of buying a generator. We will help you make the right choices for your unique system requirements while keeping costs in mind.
BIPV Roof Shingles
As technology for solar collection improves and more options become available, so does our ability to integrate those solar collectors into a building. They are then referred to as a Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV). The most popular way to do this is to replace traditional roof shingles with a solar energy producing shingles. We carry and install efficient shingles made my two reputable companies. More about BIPV shingles here.
The Decreasing Cost of Solar PV Systems
The cost of solar system equipment has decreased substantially, particularly over the last 5 years. Given the lower equipment and installation costs combined with significant tax and state incentives and programs, the barrier to entry has all but disappeared. Massachusetts is a leader in rewarding residents and businesses for using renewable energy which significantly reduces the overall cost of installing solar PV systems. Utilities are mandated to provide a portion of energy supplied from renewable resources. The current SREC incentive program enables you to sell the renewable energy credits you accrue by producing clean, renewable energy in Massachusetts. See our SRECs, Solar Renewable Energy Certificates page for more information on this great program and give us a call if you have questions. Late next summer a new incentive program will replace the existing SREC 2 program. See our incentives page for more details.