How a proper net-meterig works.

In a regular 1-1 Net metering system, a good electric provider will recognize the opportunity to buy electricity from customers who produce solar power at the same price they are buying.

In my opinion, a good company recognizes the opportunity to sell, at the same rate, to the customers that are close to the solar plant, without incurring in electric loses.

As shown in the picture.

In a not-so-good example of a good solar supportive electric utility company, you may find a non 1 to 1 buy rate. In South Texas we only have two electric companies with such policies. One is a Public owned utility that purchases at  F&PE (Fuel & Purchased Energy charge). The other is a cooperative that buys at 60% the electric rate they have.
In such cases we recommend the use of batteries or storage units.

A supportive electric provider will buy at the same rate , up to the point of usage, thus eliminating the use of batteries.

How to chose a Solar Installer/Integrator. The first two tips

How to chose a Solar Installer/Integrator. The first two tips

a)Any Solar Company with more than 5 Years has our respect.

Lets face it. You are not buying a television or a camera. You are entering into a 20 year relation with an installer. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 50 percent of businesses make it past five years in operation. This is critical. In South Texas, we have seen 17 companies close their doors and do terrible damages to the industry. Everything from installing panels to north, east and west , to just leave installations undone or not knowing the Utility Company policies.

b)Local Installer and number of Engineers behind the project.

Who is making the sale? What are his credentials? Is an actual Electrical Engineer Degree visiting your house to see where the panels are going to be installed?
90% of the companies will fail these questions. They want to sell as many panels as possible, pointing to east , west and north (Yes, shame on those who install panels without informing the customer its production).
Scammers are easy to spot. When the company says they will install somewhere between now and six months, you are dealing with a company that is a front and maybe even out of state. Look for a Corporation, not for an LLC. Liability is everything in a company that will offer 25 years of warranty. Ask the Installer to show you his driver license. Where is he from?

 

A few years ago, I posted the following article about microinverters:

A few years ago, I posted the following article about microinverters:

https://ausasolar.com/blog5/2016/09/16/micro-inverters-for-solar-installations/
While microinverter companies still claim to have a better solution than string inverters, the USA is still one of the few countries that use them.
Kaco pulled out of the US market , knowing microinverters are not a good solution for rapid shutdown and power control. And believe me, Germans are practical.
While SMA (yes another German company) still prefers to add a Rapid Shut down system rather than to place any electronic equipment in the worst place possible, behind a solar panel.
In theory they remain loyal to their claim: You can monitor each single panel production by website. And its true! But a good installer knows better than install panels pointing west, east and north or doing installs that just wont work.
Sure, all companies will replace the microinverters that fail (which I have seen failure rates on the field of up to 30% in less than 5 years of usage). But they don’t disclose that the installer will charge to replace the inverter. And that’s is coming from the end user pocket.
Lets face it. The technology is still not there.
But hey, we still believe it will be there one day . And we support research.
We offer our customers no charge to replace a microinverter . BUT notice we wont recommend a microinverter system when a string inverter system can be used.
Interested in installing micro inverters? Do your homework and research how many countries besides the USA use them. You will see the impractical defeats any good theories.
I am all up for protecting our firefighters, but there are better methods of disconnecting solar arrays than micro inverters. And as for monitoring, in our company we offer guarantee of production. We dont let the customer worry about which panel produces and which one wont. Thats our job!.

Alex Pena
Desing for American Made Solar and Wind.

Did you know

Did you know that if you produce more electricity than you consume, the utility company will buy that electricity and pay you for it? Instead of paying for electricity, sell it back to the utility companies!

WHAT IS SPRAY FOAM?

WHAT IS SPRAY FOAM?

Spray foam insulation is an insulation and air barrier material that seals walls, floors and ceiling cavities against air movement. Spray foam in a few words is heat insulation practically without air filtration that expands 30 to 60 times its volume after it is sprayed in one place.

The main benefit is that it has the ability to help lower your monthly energy bills.

 

foam insulation

WHY DRINK ALKALINE WATER?

WHY DRINK ALKALINE WATER?💧💦

THE ALKALINE WATER NATURALLY NEUTRALIZES THE ACIDS OF THE BODY AND HELPS SIGNIFICANTLY TO LOSE WEIGHT
BECAUSE THIS REDUCES FAT STORAGE IN YOUR BODY. ALSO, KEEPING YOUR BODY HYDRATED WITH ALKALINE WATER
WILL IMPROVE YOUR IMMUNOLOGICAL SYSTEM AS IT HELPS TO CLEAN THE BODY OF TOXINS.

water systems

 

5 advantages of solar panels

5 advantages of solar panels

*We always have the sun.🌞
*Global availability🌎
*Reduces electricity costs📈📉
*It can generate electricity in remote sites.🌳🏜
*Sell back the energy you produce♻️💵

HOW MUCH DOES A SOLAR SYSTEM COST?

This is one of the most frequent and one of the most difficult questions to answer since we can not give an exact amount right off the bat, there are several factors that affect the price.We don’t always have an average house or average consumption. The cost always varies depending on the energy usage habits you manage.That is why it is necessary to study in detail your electricity bill, to analyze the consumption history, and design a system according to your needs.

Bet you didn’t know that right!

Bet you didn’t know that right!

Here at www.amsolarandwind.com, this is something we get asked about on the daily because many people think solar panels produce directly from the sun. What most people do not know is that solar panels can capture different parts of the sun’s light spectrum. So, if the sun’s not directly beaming on the panels – or it happens to be a cloudy day, it doesn’t mean the hues reflected from the sky aren’t being captured and utilized by the solar panel cells to produce power.