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Unlike most companies, we have the know-how to add solar power in many different configurations. We will be glad to discuss costs, benefits, and recommendations for the system that is exactly right for you. We don’t do “cookie-cutter” generic systems where one size fits (or often misfits) all. Think of us as a custom baker who will give you what you really want. Here are a variety of mounting locations for your solar system with a short list of benefits.

Roof

  • Usually least expensive because the structure is already there and it’s often up high in the sunlight.
  • Our waterproof mounting flashings are rain-tight and guaranteed to stay that way for 10 years (twice the state requirement).
  • SunPower InvisiMount racking and Equinox micro-inverter technology give you the most beautiful appearance in the industry.
  • Yes, we do roofs made of asphalt shingles, any type of standing seam or metal, and wood or fiber shingles (but not rock slates; sorry).
  • For commercial or other flat roofs, we provide ballasted systems which don’t make a single hole in your whole roof!

Ground Mount

  • Utilitarian appearance. Sort of like a set of bleachers out in back of your house. Height, width and quantity can be designed to your preference.
  • Higher output. Unlike a roof, they can be built with the ideal tilt and direction for more sunlight.
  • Simplest and least expensive option for on-ground systems .
  • More likely to shed snow in deep winter because of tilt (and a little help from a soft brush).
  • Foundation depends on soil structure. Different types of deep metal posts can be pounded, augured, set in buried concrete or rest atop the ground on very large pre-cast concrete blocks.

Pole Mount

  • Attractive, sort of like large flowers. Available in 4, 6, and 8 panel sizes with poles regularly or artistically placed.
  • Even higher output because their tilt can be adjusted several times a year to take advantage of the seasonal sunlight.
  • At their steepest tilt in winter, they shed snow faster than most roofs and ground mounts.
  • Foundations similar to pole mounts.

Tracker

  • This is the Cadillac of the industry, giving up to 45% more kWh of energy than fixed mount systems, so you get more power with fewer solar panels.
  • Automatically tilts and turns about every eight minutes to keep its 20 or 24 panels aligned perpendicular to the sun for maximum output.
  • Best snow dumping. Here in snow country, the tracker is programmed to automatically keep itself free of snow accumulations, even at night.
  • Regionally made. Designed and built by All Earth Renewables at their factory near Burlington, VT, it is the highest quality tracker on the market and we’ve been one of their best dealers for years.

Battery Back-Up and Off-Grid

  • Regardless of where your solar panels are mounted, you may wish to consider adding battery power. For safety reasons, regular solar systems instantly shut off when the utility grid is down (so that they don’t back-feed and pose a hazard to repair crews). But our battery systems are smart enough to automatically disconnect and continue on their own, keeping your home going on standby power.
  • Battery back-up is a modest system for people who normally use grid power but want to be prepared for power outages. Totally off-grid is for people who have no utility service whatsoever; theirs is a more robust battery system that is designed to keep the home going for year after year.
  • New technology is much more powerful, compact, and user-friendly than it once was.

DC or AC

  • Technology has changed. Solar panels generate DC (Direct Current) that needs to be inverted to AC (Alternating Current) for use in homes and businesses. Up until a few years ago, it was most common to make that inversion by using one or more large inverters that were fed by strings of solar panels. There are still some advantages to DC, such as for long distances of hundreds of feet between a ground mount and a house, or for making small amounts of electricity on sunny days when the utility grid is out of commission due to weather or damage.
  • After 2007, some companies developed micro-inverters, with one small inverter on the back of each solar panel, inverting DC to AC right there. This helped each panel deliver its optimal output. Unfortunately, those companies never fully debugged the concept, leading to premature failures and expensive repair bills for labor (which weren’t covered by their warranties). We at SunPower then designed our own, which are far more reliable (and labor is covered by warranty for a full 25 years).