Many of the Bay Area homeowners have found that purchasing a system is the right choice for them.On average, a solar system pays for itself in roughly 7 years and has a useful life exceeding 30 years. This means you can receive substantial savings for years to come. You can also receive federal and state tax credits which pay for up to 65% of the installation cost. Purchasing a system with your own resources is ideal, but if you need or prefer to finance, we have built close relationships with a number of lenders—locally and nationally–to make your dream of installing a system a reality:
The DC power from the solar panels is sent to an inverter, where it is converted into alternating current (AC) power, or standard electrical current used your home.
AC power travels from the inverter to the electrical panel, often called a breaker box. This power is now ready to use in your home.
The utility meter continually measures your electrical supply; when your solar power system produces more power than you need, the meter literally spins backward, accumulating credits with the utility company that will offset your next bill.
Your home remains connected to the utility grid to supply you with electricity when you need more power than your solar power system has produced, such as at night.
SOLAR PRODUCTION MONITORING
Production Monitoring allows you and Real Goods to continuously monitor energy production and make sure your system is running smoothly. If production levels drop below normal, Real Goods will alert you and help remedy the situation.