Straightforward inclusive solar kitComplete system is engineered for simplicity and efficiency
1.2kW Grid Tied Solar System provides the opportunity to “bank” unused power for later use in “Net Metered” states List of net metered states is found at http://www.dsireusa.org/documents/SummaryMaps/Net_Metering_Map.ppt
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Home is 120/240 volt 60 hertz power (this is standard in most American homes) and meets all municipal electrical code requirements
There is sufficient space to install a straight line of panels measuring 6' x 18'
1.2kW Grid Tied Solar System includes:
6 - Enphase Micro inverters
1 - Enphase Envoy Communications Gateway
6 -215 Watt Solar Panels
Racking to install panels on your south facing roof
Roof top “junction box”
Rack mounting hardware
Contact your electrical utility provider for terms, conditions and restrictions of using grid-tied solar power.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Are there Financial/Tax incentives for installing the system?
A. In most cases yes. It is important to research your answer with a CPA or Tax preparation specialist to ensure rebates, incentives and tax credits are available to you. A summary of incentives can be found at www.dsireusa.com.
Q. Do I need an electrician who specializes in custom solar insulations?
A. No, in most cases a licensed electrician can install the system in less than .5-1.5 days.
Q. What does my electrician need to know to install the system?
A. Click on the Support Documentation Links to print all information an Electrician needs to install the system.
Q. How does the 1.2kW Grid Tied Solar System work?
A. Each panel receives sunlight. The sunlight is converted to electrical power by the solar panels. Each panel has its own self-diagnosing power inverter to convert the panel’s power to 220 volt AC power. All of the inverters channel their electricity to the 220Volt connections in your home’s breaker box.
Q. How do I ensure I will save money on using the 1.2kW Grid Tied Solar System?Replace existing incandescent and high intensity lights with compact florescent bulbs and high efficiency LED lights available from Sam’s Club and Samsclub.com
When it is time to replace appliances, buy the highest efficiency appliance available like the appliances available from Sam’s Club and Samsclub.com
Repair/replace worn or damaged weather stripping at doors and windows
Install programmable thermostats to control your air-conditioning/heating systems
Consider motion sensing lighting and switches when making changes to room lighting
Make sure home electronics are in sleep mode or turned off when not in use
A. Take several simple steps:
Q. Are there any requirements I need to be aware of?
A. Your home needs 120/240 volt 60 hertz power (this is standard in most American homes) and meets all municipal electrical code requirements. A licensed electrical contractor can review your home’s wiring. Before purchasing the 1.2kW Grid Tied Solar System a licensed electrician should review the condition and capacity of your homes electrical system.
Q. Do the panels have to directly face the sun?You have a substantial roof area facing south (compass direction 180 degrees) to Southwest (compass direction 275 degrees) -- Roof tops aligned in other directions will work but with slightly reduced power output
Extreme angles either vertically or flat will work but can cause slightly reduced power output at certain times of the year
There is sufficient space to install a straight line of 6 panels measuring 130 sq.ft.
There are no objects such as trees or neighbors roofs blocking the sun as it passes east (90 degrees on the compass) to west (270 degrees on the compass) over the solar panels -- Obstructions will reduce the power output from the panels
A. No. Highest power output is when the panels face close to the sun. General guidelines to ensure optimum power production are:
Q. Can I install the 1.2kW Grid Tied Solar System?
A. The system should only be installed by a licensed electrician. Before installing any high voltage or roof mounted home equipment, ensure the installer is licensed, bonded and/or insured as required by municipal/state regulations. The inverters produce high voltage and if handled or installed incorrectly the system can result in damage or destruction to the structure, personal injury, or result in death.
Q. Will the 1.2kW Grid Tied Solar System power my home during a power blackout?
A. No, the power inverters immediately shutdown until utility power is restored. It is all automated. The system will restart when the utility restores power.
Q. Can the 1.2kW Grid Tied Solar System be adapted to power my home during a blackout?
A. Yes but with extensive modifications. The modifications need to be designed, for your home, by a licensed electrician or electrical engineer.
Q. Do I need any additional equipment not provided with the system?
A. Yes, electrical wire to run from the roof top junction box to the breaker box. Some electrical utilities want redundant manual protection and may require an external disconnect. This is the same inexpensive, wall mounted device used outside the home on central air-conditioning systems. The electrician installing the system will be able to provide a list of additional equipment required to meet local building code.
Q. Do I need to change my power meter?
A. Your meter may need to be changed if you live in a newer home or if your power utility uses a one way meter. Many utilities do not charge to change out meters while a few do. Contact your electrical utility.
Q. Do I need to involve my Electrical Utility in the installation?
Note: Numbers indicate individual system capacity limit in kW. Some limits vary by customer type, technology and/or application. Other limits might also apply.
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A. Yes. All electrical utilities require pre-approval for private homes to set up grid tie systems. Your power company will provide a list of requirements to validate the equipment meets national standards. The 1.2kW Grid Tied Solar System meets all national standards for grid tied power systems. Your licensed electrician will answer any questions. Most utility companies support grid tied systems.