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Grid-Tied

Grid tied solar panel systems work in concert with established utility “power” lines. These systems work well when you have the convenience of utility grid power but want to tap the renewable energy sources around you.Simple grid tied systems require no costly batteries for storage and can be installed easily, making power from the sun a simple economic and ecological investment.

Some people think that you need to change wiring or appliances in your house to work with solar. This is not true.All you need to do is place an array of panels on your roof or somewhere in the sun and add an inverter that will allow it to interface with the utility grid.

Off-Grid

In the world of renewable energy power, it’s often feast or famine.

When using solar modules (panels) the sun is where the energy comes from. Using refined silicon and some “simple” chemical technology we can turn that energy into electrical energy.

Unfortunately, not every day is a sunny day and there’s always night to account for, so we need to plan ahead and save the power we’ve produced for when we need it most.

To deal with this we use batteries to store our excess for times of scarcity. By adding batteries to our solar or renewable energy system we can safely and efficiently store this power for days.

Commercial

Two of the biggest costs associated with facility management are Climate Control and Electrical Power. Deployment of solar panels on top of existing facilities mitigates both issues; the solar panels will produce electricity for daytime use (or sale), while the shade provided by the panels reduces heat load coming into the building. Coupled with the good public relations of using these panels to reduce Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions through the generation of clean electricity, the inclusion of solar panels in your facility is a win-win-win. Expand your flexibility by including optional Energy Storage, to permit financially beneficial Time Of Use (TOU) shifting. Financing available!

AGRICULTURE

It’s not always convenient, practical, or even possible to bring utility power to a remote agricultural location. Solve this problem by using a Solar Power system to harvest electricity from sunlight. Using high-grade solar panels, and other power conditioning and storage equipment, you will have the convenience of power when you need it, no matter the distance from the Mains power lines. With your renewable power source, you can run fans, lights, water pumps, and other agriculture support products. Greenwired’s retail shop sells many such solar powered agricultural components.  Go green, and get farming!

Micro Grid

A microgrid is indicated when a group of households, a community, or other non-utility sized entity collaborate to gather, store, and use electric power. Perfect for “Off-the-Grid” communities,  Micro-Grids are self-sufficient energy systems which serve an area greater than a single residence, but smaller than the Mains Grid. Within MicroGrids are one or more kinds of distributed energy  sources (solar panels, wind turbines, combined heat & power, generators) that produce its power, with Power Conditioning and Storage Equipment to Clean, Store, and Distribute this power to areas of necessity. While MicroGrids can be tied to Mains power, operation without Mains power is also possible, and usually preferable, to the operators of a MicroGrid.  Micro grids also offer more resiliency and safety that traditional large scale electrical grids. Greenwired is excited to help bring more micro-grids, community grids, and grid alternatives to Humboldt County.  Contact us to learn more