Most people think about electricity one way: Turn on a light, pay the utility for it. (Grumble about how expensive it is and turn the light off.) But when you go solar with a battery backup system, you get a whole host of ways to use—and optimize—your power.
Looking for a way to offset the cost of buying a battery and help keep Vermont green? Check to see if your utility offers a battery program. Here’s what you need to know.
A battery is the ultimate in peace of mind technology, but that’s not the only benefit. Some Vermont utilities—namely, Green Mountain Power and Vermont Electric Co-op—have Vermont Battery Storage programs that will pay you for some of your stored power and make the grid greener and more resilient for all. Here’s how.
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Want the inside scoop on going solar—before you go solar? We asked our install crew what questions customers ask all the time. Here’s what they said.
No one knows solar panels quite like the team that installs them. From installation to troubleshooting, this crew has seen it all. Ben McFeeters, lead solar and battery technician at Green Mountain Solar, answers the most common solar installation questions he gets all the time.
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Myth: I need a big paycheck to afford solar. Fact: A Berkeley Lab study found that one-third of solar adopters in 2018 had an annual household income between $50,000 and $100,000. (For reference, the average income in Vermont is about $60k). And thanks to improved financing options, going solar has never been more in reach.
When it comes to solar, the panel is just half the equation. Here’s what you need to know about inverters.
Driving by your neighbors’ homes with solar on their roofs or driving along and seeing arrays basking in an open field, the panels are the star of the show. But what’s going on behind the scenes is where the real magic happens. Enter the inverter.
Solar panels generate power in the form of direct current (DC), but homes and building all run on alternating current (AC). “An inverter is a ...