2 Jul 2012
Residential Solar Energy Explained
Article by Dalton Dean
The purpose of net metering is to design a system which produces the same amount of electricity as the consumed amount of a user so there is no transfer of electricity from the local grid.
PJM Generation Attributes Tracking System (GATS): An online system maintained by PJM (Pennsylvania, Jersey, Maryland) Interconnection which is responsible for tracking and recording electrical attributes across a multi state region. GATS acts as a clearing house where renewable energy certificates are recorded, certified and traded amongst various parties including solar electric producers, brokers and electric utility providers.
New Jersey Clean Energy Program (NJCEP): A state funded program which promotes the concepts and technologies of energy efficiency and use of alternate energy sources. The goal of NJCEP is to spur alternate energy development and energy efficiency practices in efforts to reduce the statewide demand and use of nonrenewable energy sources.
Renewable Energy Incentive Program (REIP): A program maintained under the NJCEP, which is designed to provide incentives that reduce the initial cost of installing various alternate energy systems. The REIP is part of New Jersey’s efforts to reach its Energy Master Plan goals of creating 30 percent of its own electrical demand from renewable sources by the year 2020. The program uses financial incentives to system owners, who install qualified clean energy generation systems within the State.
Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS): State policy that requires electric providers in the state to have a minimum percentage of electricity production through renewable sources by a certain date. In New Jersey, the state goal is to generate 22.5 percent of the electrical demand from renewable energy sources by the year 2021. Now is the opportunity to be leader in the growing green energy movement.
Residential solar energy is no longer just for the early adopting environmentalists in Berkeley, CA or for cabins so far out of town that they’re completely off the energy grid. The installer will handle all of the paperwork around permitting, federal, state, and local rebates, then they’ll deduct those rebates and incentives from the price of the installation. That way you get the rebate savings instantly rather than having for the federal government to send you a check.
Once the paperwork is taken care of the installer will come out and install the system over the course of a day or two. Here’s a short write-up on a volunteer solar installation we did back in 2009 as part of a volunteer day with Grid Alternatives. 90% of the work is on the outside of your house. The installers will put up a metal frame on the roof, attach the panels to the frame, the wire them together. They will also install conduits through the house or along side the house to route the wires down to your utility panel / main circuit breaker. Next to the circuit breaker they’ll install an inverter and will connect the wires from the panels to the inverter. The inverter is what “inverts” the power from DC to AC, which is what is used by home appliances. Depending on where you live either the installer will do the final connection to the utility panel, or you may have to have someone from your utility company come out and inspect the installation, then make the final connection.
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