For customers who have avoided going solar on WEC due to the grid service fee, now is the time to look at solar again on WEC. The new net-metering rules are some of the most favorable we have seen. We are in the heart of WEC country, and would love to design and install your new solar PV system.
The construction season is picking up, and it is going to be a very busy summer and fall. If you are thinking of putting in a grid-tie or off-grid solar pv system, get in touch with us sooner rather than later. Equipment shortages are likely to happen again as they did last year, and lead times will continue to increase. Also, it has been rumored that the NH rebate program, which is substantial, could see a major cut in funding after July 1st. Give us a call, so we can get that rebate paperwork in now.
The Sun is back, hopefully!
As the short and dark winter days get further behind us the calls for quotes and site visits start to roll in, and we are starting to build our spring and summer job schedule. If you are thinking about a solar array to power your home, or camp, talk to us soon so we can get you on the schedule, and avoid that inevitable fall construction frenzy.
Here is the latest Green Energy Times, which includes an article about our solar powered woodworking shop. http://www.greenenergytimes.net/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/GET_Dec-2014_lores_1-40b.pdf
Seven Days Article
Here is a Seven Days Article that mentions O'Meara Solar, and Braman. The picture was taken while we were installing a 2-Axis Tracking Solar PV system from AllEarth Renewables. This system will generate enough electricity to offset a large Vermont home.
Vermont Remote Pond Camp gets Solar
We installed this small system on a shed roof at a remote camp. The owners are going to be happy to not hear their generator running. This was a retrofit to a battery based inverter/generator system that had been installed several years ago.
Batteries for off-grid, or grit-tie with battery backup, in Vermont and New Hampsire
When you get ready to replace the batteries in your solar pv system, please give us a call! We can design, sell, install, and maintain your battery bank. Ask us about a yearly service agreement. 802-522-2381
Solar Panel Durability
I think that it is very likely that the new net metering program that has been submitted by WEC to the Vermont public service board will be approved, and Solar PV installs will once again be permitted for WEC members. It does appear that WEC has limited headroom before they hit the %15 cap though, and I would advise anyone who wants to put in a net metered Solar PV system to call us soon, so we can submit your paperwork and get you on the list.
Smart Homes, and Solar PV
Being an off-grid family, we have to be smart about our energy consumption. Things like running heavy loads while the sun is providing energy, rather than burdening our batteries in the evening when the sun isn't shining. We also anticipate when the energy will be available, and adjust accordingly. An example of this is waiting to do laundry when we have a good solar day. These are not huge efforts, but they can be inconvenient, and require some management. The future of energy management is arriving quickly, will be in every home, even grid-tie homes, and it will be automatic. Here is an solution from SMA that is available in Germany. SMA Smart Home
Solar Installers for Vermont and New Hampshire.