When you purchase your solar panels from AAA Solar, we provide an experienced and well-trained team of installers. Not only are they NABCEP-certified, but they are licensed electricians as well, who have been installing solar for many years. AAA Solar carries commercial general liability insurance and requires its contractors to maintain general liability and worker’s compensation insurance. Choosing licensed and insured professionals protects you from loss.
When you visit with a AAA Solar consultant, you don’t need to worry about a slick-talking salesperson. All of our consultants take an educational approach, not a sales approach. We have attracted some of the finest people the community has to offer, and most of these individuals come from an educational or leadership background. They have a passion for creating a better world for all of us and future generations.
Here’s the magic formula to determine solar affordability: Divide the installation cost (equipment, labor and permits) by the DC wattage. That’s the price per watt. When you’re comparison shopping for a solar system, ask each solar company you’re considering to be transparent and give you as much information as possible in your solar quote.
1. Solar Panels
Solar panels are made of photovoltaic cells that convert sunlight to direct current (DC), the same kind of electricity produced by batteries. Your household electrical system, and the utility grid that supplies it, runs on alternating current (AC), so now what? Well, that is why an inverter is needed.
An inverter takes the DC electricity produced by your solar panels and turns it into the AC electricity that your home’s electrical system and the utility company’s grid can use. It’s usually installed on the exterior wall of your house or in the garage. Solar electricity from your inverter flows to the main electrical panel in your home.
2B. Solar Monitor
Adding an optional solar monitor allows you to track your system’s production wirelessly. You’ll be able to access your system’s production on your phone, laptop or home computer! You can check to see how well your solar system is working, and how much electricity your system is generating. That lets you know how much money you’re saving. This device is not required, but it is nice to have.
3. Production Meter
Your utility company may require a production meter to be installed on your property. This meter, owned by the utility company, tracks all of your solar production. It starts at zero the minute you install it, and records what your system produces over its lifetime, similar to the odometer on a car.
4. Main Electric Service Panel
Your home’s electrical service panel brings power from the grid and distributes it to circuits that power all the things that use electricity throughout your home. During installation, a circuit breaker will be added to your service panel for your new solar system.
5. Net Meter
The Net Meter measures the amount of electricity your home draws from and delivers to the grid from its solar panels. It connects you to the utility’s power grid and allows the utility company to track how much electricity you produce and use. When you leave the house for the day, the power generated by your solar system flows to the grid; when you return at night, the grid provides the energy to turn on your lights and run your dishwasher, TV etc.
Solar panels have no moving parts and their operating costs are minimal. The photovoltaic technology we use was developed during the 1950s to provide power to satellites in the harsh environment of space, where maintenance is impossible.1 Most of the panels we market offer a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty.