1. Sunlight falls on high capacity solar panels during daylight hours. The solar panels convert the sun’s energy into Direct Current (DC) electricity which is sent to an inverter.
  2. The inverter converts the Direct Current into Alternating Current (AC) electricity. This is sometimes called “conditioning” the power.
  3. When the solar energy system produces more electricity than is needed during peak sun hours, excess electricity is automatically sent to the utility company and the electric meter actually runs backwards!
  4. Solar energy systems produce very high quality electricity that reduces the chance of power fluctuations that could damage electronic equipment.
  5. Utility power is continuously provided at night and during the day when demand exceeds solar production.

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FAQs

What kind of solar panels do you use?
We use several manufacturers. It all depends on the size and details of your installation.

How does the Federal Tax Credit work?
In October, 2008 the US Congress passed HR 1424. This law increased the tax credit to 30% of the total cost of the project. Here is summary and copy of HR 1424

How does the Xcel rebate work?
A. Electric pricing – The Colorado Public Utility Commission (PUC) authorizes electricity rate increase requests of the private/public utility companies. For 2014, Xcel charged a residential retail rate for electricity of .12c/kWatt-hour, and bought electricity at a wholesale rate of .034c/kWatt-hour. In 2009, the PUC authorized a 13.2% rate hike on customers in the Xcel teritory.Historically the cost of electricity has inflated faster than the general inflation rate every year, for an average of 6% annually.

B. Xcel Rebate – To stimulate renewable energy installations some Colorado utilities will give a rebate per kilo-watt/hour you produce for the next 10 years. In return you sign a contract with the utility agreeing to stay on the grid for 20 years and allowing them to use your carbon credits.

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