Affordable Solar Program Launched in United States for Middle-Class Homeowners

   

Caveat: I called the company to inquire about the process and there is, of course, a monthly cost to the homeowner, usually comparable or less than you will no longer pay to the power provider. Once you cover the owner pay costs the solar panels are yours. There is an income requirement, min $40,000 per year and minimum credit score of 640. The monthly cost to you and government credit is determined with a visit and inspection of your property.

Get Solar Panels and Battery Backup for $0 Out of Pocket

With the North Carolina Sign & Shine solar program, not only can you go solar for $0 out of pocket and start saving money on your electric bills, but you also get the added benefit of a battery backup system. What are the benefits of battery backup? 1) Solar panels often generate more electricity than a home can use during certain points of the day. With battery backup, you can store that energy for later use, rather than letting it go to waste. 2) Power companies often raise their rates in the evening, when your solar panels aren’t generating energy. With battery backup, you can avoid some of these peak time charges. 3) When disaster hits and your neighborhood is without power, the battery backup will give you the ability to power your home’s essential electronic devices.

Solar Program Benefits:
– $0 Out of Pocket
– Save money on your electric bills
– American made solar panels
– Battery backup included
– 25-year solar panel warranty
– Complimentary energy efficiency package
– Generate your own clean energy

 

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  Solar Energy Basics (Coursera Course)   This course gives you an introduction to the fundamentals of solar power as it applies to solar panel system installations. You will learn to compare solar energy to other energy resources and explain how solar panels, or photovoltaics (PV for short), convert sunlight to electricity. You will be able to identify the key components needed in a basic photovoltaic (solar panel) system, such as is found on a house or building, and explain the function of each component in the system. You will also learn how to calculate the electrical demand of a building, how to reduce the overall demand, and then how to design a solar panel system that can meet that annual demand at a given location. You will also compare the different types of pricing models that are being used and key regulatory considerations for grid tied systems (where a house or building is connected to the electrical grid and also generates electricity from solar panels). A capstone design project that entails both the simple audit of a building to determine demand, and a selection of components to design a solar panel system to meet that demand. This course is part of the Solar Power Installation Specialization. It provides a good overview of system components and functions, but uses some simplified assumptions. The other two topical courses in this specialization entail a more advanced coverage of site assessment, factors impacting efficiency, and the sizing, design, and integration of photovoltaic systems. The specialization concludes with a capstone project course of a full site evaluation, photovoltaic system design, and installation plan. The specialization is modeled after an on campus workshop that has been running on the ESF campus for many years, and can serve as an important step for those who are interested in working the solar power field for the certification process to become a Certified PV Installation Professional, or PV Technical Sales through the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP).