We are picky when it comes to who’s modules we use. After three decades of working with a good number of manufacturers we developed two main criteria which dominate our selection process. Number one is a company which has staying power. We have seen too many companies come and go, leaving us with a long-term warranty with no one to support the product. A 25-year module warranty is standard in the industry. You cannot operate as a module manufacture without it, whether or not the company will be there. Bankruptcy clears long term commitments unless the company takes actions to cover their warranties.
Number two qualification is a track record of standing behind their product and the companies brand. The two companies we work with are just plain proud of their product. It helps when you talk to workers on the factory Floor who when queried tell me this is the best job they have ever had and you can feel this is more than just a job.
This is why we work with SolarWorld of Hillsboro, Oregon and L.G. from South Korea. Both companies have been around the solar block, have a high-quality product which they are committed to support for the long run.
What module wattage is best and why we work with high power 355 watt or higher modules.
It’s simple really, the more power per module the less space it requires on your roof or mount structure. Lower wattages, especially below 295 watts, cost less yet this cost savings is lost as we need to install more modules to achieve the same total array output. More individual modules increase the number of mounting structure material, optimizers and installation time and costs.
Companies leading the industry put much energy into maximizing cell efficiencies. There are hundreds of solar module manufactures around the world. Like many products today, it is a buyer beware world.
Lifeline Creamery and Farm Store received a REAP grant that will cover almost 25% of their solar electric project.
Do you own a small business in Montana (outside the city limits of Missoula)? The USDA Rural Development, REAP (Rural Energy for America Program) offers up to 25% grants for total eligible project costs, as well as loan guarantees. Partnered with the 30% federal tax credit your savings really add up.
This program helps increase American energy independence by increasing the private sector supply of renewable energy and decreasing the demand for energy through energy efficiency improvements. Over time, these investments can also help lower the cost of energy costs for small businesses and agricultural producers.
- Grants of $20,000 or less: October 31, 2018 and March 31, 2019;
- Unrestricted Grants (up to $500,000): March 31, 2019;
- Loan Guarantees are competed continuously throughout the year.
Don’t miss this unique opportunity to invest in the long term health of your business with an investment in solar energy and energy savings.
Call Dan for a free solar consultation today 406-541-8410.
These photos show the flush mounting system with the rails and attachments before the solar modules are set in place. A south facing roof plane is the most productive yet we also adapt to various roof designs with East, West and South facing roof planes. Every system is unique.
Call Dan for your free solar estimate. 406-381-5643
Often we work with homes that do not have a south facing roof. With the steep cost decline of solar modules and improved efficiencies, East and West facing roof planes are a solid option. An East or West facing roof at a 4/12 pitch produces only 13% less than a south facing array. This loss can be easily compensated with the addition of a module or two.
This 49.8 kW solar electric installation in the heart of Missoula is not just another pretty face this solar electric system works for a living.
It is tax time and this 49.8 kW solar electric installation in the heart of missoula is a working investment. Plan ahead for April 15, 2019. Talk to your accountant.
30% federal tax credit still available in 2018.
State tax credit, $500.00 per tax payer makes this a great time to invest for the long term.
Call SBS Solar today for your free solar estimate. 406-541-8410.
Solar Myth #12 Solar panels require a tracking system to follow the angle of the sun
Fact: Though tracking mechanisms can provide efficiency gains for your solar electric system, they typically do not increase efficiency enough to justify the additional expense and maintenance of moving parts in residential situations. Generally a shade free, fixed roof mount system is he cost most effective installation.
Fact: Solar panels work with light, not heat so it doesn’t matter how cold it gets outside.
Solar Myth # 11 Myth: Solar panels don’t work well in cold climates.
Fact: Solar panels work with light, not heat so it doesn’t matter how cold it gets outside. In fact, solar panels perform better in cooler temperatures than very hot temperatures. Solar panels are built to withstand varying temperatures, and they can produce electricity from indirect light.
Cabin Living Magazine features off-grid, remote home near Polebridge, Montana. This sumptuous year round dwelling has all the modern comforts with, 27 Solar Modules, two 6,000 watt inverters and a 48 volt battery bank of 1,900 amp hours. Read the entire article here.
Selway the SBS Solar Dog was very happy when Montana Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed Senate Bill (SB) 7 last week.
Frank Andorka writes in PV Magazine,Sanity prevailed in the Montana’s governor’s mansion last week as Gov. Steve Bullock vetoed a bill that would have effectively ended net-metering in the state. (Read all the details)