Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels convert light from the sun into DC (direct current) electricity.
A solar power inverter converts the DC electricity generated by your PV solar panels into AC (alternating current), electricity that can be used in your house.
Next, the AC electricity from your inverter goes to your main electrical service panel where it can then be distributed to your appliances and devices.
A solar net meter is similar to a regular electric meter, but it measures electricity flowing in two directions.
“[Before going solar, my electric bill] typically ranged around $180 to $200 [per month]. I just got my first bill . . . I used absolutely no electricity from the power company, it came [to] $16.24, and there was even more left over that’s going to roll over to usage next month.”
—Peter G., Lake View, NY
We adhere to industry best practices on every solar system design, ensuring your roof maintains every bit of its pre-solar integrity. Not only is our staff extensively trained to exacting standards, we perform a rigorous inspection before and after every installation to guarantee its quality, and recommend solutions for roofs that need extra support or modifications to carry the weight.
(Learn more — “Roof Integrity: Our Checklist for Your House”)
Yes. Although photovoltaic solar panels are most efficient in direct sunlight, they still work when the sun is partially blocked by clouds. We also use solar panel optimizers, which allows each solar panel to communicate with the solar inverter and make adjustments to maximize efficiency.
(Learn more — “The Truth about Shading and Solar”)
For the safety of workers attempting to fix power outages, solar systems that are connected to the electrical grid are required by utility regulations to shut off during blackouts. Buffalo Solar Solutions recommends a natural gas generator in places where blackouts occur regularly, which is a more affordable solution than backup batteries.
Yes, an off-grid solar power system is possible, provided you install a natural gas generator or battery backup to provide power when your demands exceed your solar production. While Buffalo Solar Solutions can help you install such a natural gas generator, it may make you ineligible for certain incentives. We will be happy to review with you the pros and cons of being off the grid and help you make an informed decision.
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