From Las Vegas to Las Cruces, New Mexico is one of the best places in the country for residential solar.
Since 1991, Energy Concepts has been helping residential and commercial customers gain energy
independencethrough off-grid and grid-tied solar electric a
A grid-tied solar power system is designed to connect with your utility grid to achieve an economic return by offsetting some portion of your electrical usage, and with some utilities it can also provide income through a solar incentive program. These systems employ an array of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels to produce electricity from the sun, and an inverter to provide regular AC power to your existing electrical panel.
When a solar power system is making electricity, it slows the billing meter or actually spins it backwards, leaving any usage not met by solar as the net amount billed by the utility. This is known as “net metering.”
Major utilities in the state also provide income by tracking the solar-produced kilowatt-hours
via a Renewable Energy Certificate (REC) meter, and paying you a fixed rate per kWh over the course of a
multi-year contract. These two mechanisms save and make you money at the same time!
For energy security, a hybrid system operates just like a grid-tied solar power system when the grid is working, but if the grid fails it becomes grid-independent by using a battery bank to provide stored power. In this way we can ensure that certain necessary devices, such as computers, security systems, communications equipment or other “critical loads” are not unexpectedly shut down, thus avoiding data loss, equipmen
t damage, and other problems. This “hybrid” approach will both fix your long-term energy costs and provide security, making for a great investment and peace of mind.
There is also a non-battery option, using an inverter made to deliver AC power if the grid goes down
as long as the sun is shining. Back-up security can also be added to existing grid-tied systems!
Solar panels can be mounted on roofs, poles, or on ground-mounts, and can also provide an additional benefit by providing shade in solar pergolas, awnings and carports. Whatever kind of design you choose, a 30% federal tax credit can be applied, including to the total cost of many double-use structures. Tax credits along with utility incentives make for a great return on investment, reliable energy independence, and progress towards a cleaner environment.
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Energy Concepts Solar looks at the property involved and prepares a plan of work with a timeline, cost and payment plan; and proceeds efficiently with that plan. They also answer questions and present options if need be. They work with the client.