Our Solar-Electric Systems below are designed, built, and optimized using carefully-selected brand-name components and software, and reflect our skills in programming the system’s controller.

The general design guideline we use is not necessarily how much brute-force power the systems produce (anyone can do it by bolting more panels onto a rooftop, at an increased cost and space required). Rather, we design systems that produce maximum power per every square foot of solar panels area. This requires optimal design with respect to extracting the maximum amount of power from the panels under any/all operating conditions, mainly by carefully selecting and matching system components, by using programmable controllers, and by tracking the sun if possible. This way our systems may be made the smallest possible for any required output power, portable, and cost-effective because they maximize the Watts produced for every $ spent.

Also, note that our systems are defined by their STC input power specified by the solar panels’ manufacturers (STC = standard test conditions). Other solar systems I’ve seen in various catalogs may be defined in other ways, often confusing and/or misleading. For example, one system that consists of 300 W of solar panels and a 1800 W inverter is being sold as a “1800 W Solar System” ??? (it is not a 1800 W system, it is a 300 W system at best). So, be aware of system parameters and specifications, and what they mean.

As a general observation, be aware that flashy pictures of numerous solar panels installed on rooftops, etc. are not what makes a solar system smart and efficient. The intelligence, efficiency, and long-term cost ($ per Watt) of a solar electric system comes mainly from the makeup and setup of its power-conversion electronics. This is typically not shown or discussed in flashy flyers to the extent needed to make reasonable tradeoff decisions when buying a solar-electric system.

Most flyers typically do not disclose that the great majority of solar-electric systems become disabled and useless immediately after an electric power outage, and will not generate electricity until the utility power comes back on. Our systems are structured to keep generating electricity during the time when you need it the most – during utility power outages. And, if you do not have an electric grid connection at all, our systems generate electricity in a totally stand-alone fashion.

Additionally, in our systems you’ll have access to the individual building blocks, so that you can do your own optimizing and maintenance, and you can reuse the components, if you wish. Be careful about packaged systems that can only be reconfigured or repaired by the installer. I’ve seen quite a few non-functioning ghost solar systems out there, that were sold as turn-key packages, now sitting unused and wasting away, because they can be fixed or updated only by the installers that have fallen by the wayside a long time ago.

In the design of our systems the focus is on efficiency, functionality, and the simplicity in maintenance. You do not need me to build pretty mounting surfaces and/or enclosures. However, keep in mind that these systems generate quite a lot of power and the wiring connectivity, fusing, switches, etc. need to be done safely and in compliance with the electric code at your location.

Also, see the TECHNICAL INFO tab on this website for other information concerning renewable energy systems, that may help you in your system selection decisions (analysis of AC energy and power, DC-AC inverter analysis, MSW v. PSW inverter tradeoffs, battery bank design, measuring your system’s output, solar panel array operation, etc).

The solar-electric systems built and tested, and currently available for sale, are listed at separate tabs under this RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS heading. Almost any other system may be designed and built on request. Above all, you can see all these systems in their actual operation, producing electric energy, monitoring performance, etc, before making a commitment to buy.


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