Ice and Snow
The ice and snow that forms on a roof will also form on PV modules, It is imperative that any PV module selected for use in the high country be rated at a minimum of 113 pounds per square foot of snow loading. Not all modules meet this requirement so we are careful when choosing panels for local installations.
The single most important factor with regard to PV performance is solar access. Shading will dramatically decrease the PV production. Snow that covers panels will act as shade and any design in areas of heavy winter snowfall should take this into account. We keep clear of roof valleys and roof pitch changes. The valleys and pitch breaks hold the snow and can experience freeze/thaw cycles and flow like a glacier; we have seen this effect break PV modules.
Solar Out Performs
In many cases, solar power can be more efficient than wind power in these higher elevations. The lower temperatures and higher insolation allows PV systems to produce more power than predicted at standard testing conditions. On the other hand, wind turbines perform best in consistent wind speeds which can be difficult to find in our often turbulent and gusty wind environment. In the high country, we see both lower atmospheric density (less power to push the blades of the turbine) and turbulent, shifty winds that not only decrease efficiency, but also create excessive wear and tear on the turbine.
The Steps to Solar Energy for your Home
Free Consultation- Easy, no pressure consultation to determine if solar is a good option for your home.
Installation- An average size solar energy system for your home can be installed in two to four days.
Monitoring- Once you are a solar energy owner, keeping track of your solar dividends can be easy with monitoring solutions.
Benefits of Solar
Electric Bill Savings - A solar energy investment leads to utility bill savings instead of a tax on investment income.
Increase in Property Value - Homes with solar energy production sell faster and at higher prices.
Energy Security - Energy prices are expected to rise 5% every year. Solar energy fixes your cost!
Environmental Benefits - You can feel good about your solar purchase! Renewable energy is clean and safe.
Cut your business's energy cost, lock-in energy rates and deliver energy independence with our turnkey solar solutions. Brown's Compounding of Denver partnered with our solar design engineers to deliver vast energy savings and reduced operational cost for the long term. According to http://aceee.org/ commercial buildings account for 19% of energy consumed in the United States. A renewable power system paired with energy efficiency upgrades can help your bottom line and the environment.
The process for businesses can be quite different than installing a residential system. If you are a non-profit or a government entity you will not qualify for the 30% Federal Tax Credit (FTC). A 3rd party financier or a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) will enable your organization to obtain the 30% reduction in cost. We will help you find a PPA or financier and walk you through the process to make your solar experience easy and affordable.
The Town of Breckenridge PPA project was the largest commercial project for Innovative Energy to date coming in at 466 kW! Innovative Energy provided engineering, permitting, and construction (EPC) services for the installation. Renewable Social Benefits Funds provided project financing and Martifer Solar provided equipment. With this setup, the Town pays no money upfront and immediately benefits from reduced electric bills!
These 7 town facilities were chosen to host PV systems,
Recreation Center - 102.9 kW Golf Course Main Irrigation - 55.44 kW Ice Rink - 102.9 kW
Fleet Maintenance - 102.12 kW Police Station - 54.72 kW Riverwalk Center - 8.64 kW
Golf Course Maintenance - 39.6 kW
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