Those people in the Greenville, South Carolina region who are interested in installing solar power at their homes should look at a solar panel kit company called Blue Pacific Solar™. When doing a search on solar in Greenville, the company will look like it is local since it customizes its page to list things near Greenville and uses Greenville in several places. It is really based at 1215 K Street, 17th Floor, Sacramento, CA 95814, 888.898.5849, and is a “national network of company operated and
independently operated distribution centers.”
The company has been in business since 2008 and has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and all 12 reviews on the BBB site are very positive. The company sells solar panel kits, wind and/or solar wind hybrid systems, power centers, all the equipment and drawings needed to install either grid-connected or stand-alone solar systems, and assigns technical experts who are there to help through the process.
The panels are “guaranteed to produce electricity for 25 years,” although the life expectancy of most solar panels is fifty years or more. This is a do-it-yourself system of kits that are homeowner friendly. It will reduce the cost of providing electricity for the home and protect against inflation with rising costs, especially as the government has begun the plans to phase out coal burning plants. The home’s value will increase, but not its property taxes, and there are still tax credits and cash incentives.
See the solar incentive website for South Carolina loans and grants options like the Rural Energy for America Program.
The industry standard for all solar or photovoltaic panels is by watt rating. This is how much power, figured by multiplying amps by volts, the panel will produce in full sunlight at 77°F. Although the modules have no moving parts that need maintenance, the panels do need to be sprayed with a hose about every quarter year. Accumulated dust and debris can reduce the generated electricity by five to seven percent if they are not cleaned.
Do-it-yourself solar panel kits can cut the cost of installing a solar system in half and the rate-of-return on the cost outlay is increased. Costs range from $4,672 for SolarEdge Grid-Tie Packages with Trina Solar 10 260W panels (total 2,600 watts) to $32,042 for 84 305 W panels (total 25,620 watts) with about 60 choices in between. They also offer Enphase MicroInverter Grid-Tie Trina Solar and
SolarWorld Packages, Fronius string inverter packages, and American-made SMA Sunny Boy grid-tie kits with a secure power supply for grid outages without a backup battery bank. Off-grid kits start at $2,800. A free line drawing comes with each solar kit and a permitting package can be purchased to make permitting easier.
Click on the individual kits on the Blue Pacific Solar™ website to get the details of what comes with the kit and what extras from the hardware store will be needed. Examples are right-sized electrical wire from the array which they specify, fasteners and sealant. If one of the standard kits does not meet the needs of the home, the company will custom design one. Prices are before any Federal Tax Credit or local incentives.
Those who are able to do simple projects around their homes will be able to install these systems if they can deal with roofs and electricity. The discounted price for buying direct is still much cheaper than through a big name company, even if an experienced installer must be hired for the labor. Solar power is better for the environment and part of a sustainability solution. It helps reduce the United States’ dependence on foreign fossil fuel and provide more American jobs.
These kits are excellent for recreation vehicle (RV) owners. With the solar panels, there is no need to worry about locating RV parks for on-grid electricity hookups or paying for electricity use.
To plan for the right kits, consider the budget, how much money can be spent on the system, the available roof and/or ground space at the site for the panels and which size will fit, what obstructions there are such as sun blocking trees, chimneys, plumbing exhausts and roof vents, the shape of the roof and any issues, and which type of inverter and grounding is best. The company will help with the decisions. The largest affordable system is most cost effective, but a small kit can decrease the utility bill too. The Blue Pacific Solar™ website contains details on the three steps for choosing the right size solar panel kit.
Even a small amount of shade on the panels can greatly affect their output. An example they give is a panel shaded over two percent of its cells will have its power output reduced by 33 percent at a ratio of 17:1 impact factor. The shade from things like overhead power lines and vent pipes can make a big difference. Solar does work on cloudy days, but output is reduced by one third or less.
The website’s calculation method for determining what size panel kit is needed for a home is based on sun-hours per day in the Greenville area. There are about six hours of useful sun in a day in the Greenville region. This is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh) per square meter per day. To provide enough energy to be off-grid, use the lowest number which is typically in December. To remain tied to the grid with net-metering, use the average or highest number.