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  • How Commercial Solar Works

    How Commercial Solar Works
    How Commercial Solar Works

         (1) You can convert sunlight into electricity using solar cells on top of the solar panels. Once you install solar on your building or your ground mount, light will daily hit your solar panels with photons (particles of sunlight) and the solar panels then convert those photons into electrons of direct current (DC) electricity. The electrons flow out of the solar panel and into an inverter and other electrical safety devices.
    (3) A net meter tracks all the power that your solar system produces. Any solar energy that you do not use at the same time you are producing will go back into the electrical grid through the meter. When your system is not producing more than your building needs, you will consume electricity from the grid as normal.

     

    (2) The inverter converts that DC power into alternating current or alternate current (AC) power. AC power is the kind of electrical that your television, computer, and toasters use when plugged into the wall outlet.
    (4) Your utility will then bill you for the “net” consumption for any given billing period and provide you with a dollar credit for any excess during a given period. You can carry your bill credit forward for up to a year.

    Kurios Energy Multi-Meter Solutions

    Multi-meter solar solutions are a type of solar energy solution that works particularly well for commercial and agriculture electrical systems. These systems allow a client with multiple meters on the same property, or on the client’s adjacent or contiguous property, to use renewable generation and net energy metering to serve their aggregated load behind all eligible meters.

    This means that anyone with multiple meters, such as a farmer with multiple pumps or ownership of multiple commercial sites on adjacent properties, can take advantage of net metering load aggregation (NEMA). NEMA combines the meters into one meter tracked by your utility company so that you can offset your electricity bill for multiple meters.

    Kurios Energy can walk you through the multi-meter process.     Contact Us


    Net Metering

    [break] On a sunny day, depending on your energy consumption, your solar electric system typically produces more energy than you use. Rather than going to waste, this excess electricity is sent back to the utility via net metering.

    Net metering (available only with grid-tied and grid-tied with battery backup solar electric systems) allows your meter to spin backwards so that you may “bank” your energy for later use. You will receive credit for this power at the same rate the utility sells it for. While you will receive a monthly statement from the utility, your actual electric bill will only arrive annually. This bill will reflect the difference between the amount of energy your solar electric system generated for the year and the amount of energy you consumed.

    A properly sized solar electric system will generate only as much energy as you need. In order for net metering to be used, a series of steps need to be taken with the utility. Kurios Energy will submit the net metering application, coordinate the authorization necessary to connect to the utility, and arrange for the final inspection of the system by the utility.

    For more information on how net metering works for solar systems.  Contact Us


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    Multiple System Solutions

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    1. Grid-Tied Solar Electric Systems

    A grid-tied system is the most familiar solar energy system, which is a solar electric system tied in where your commercial building or home connects to your utility electrical grid. These are the most efficient and least costly systems. They do not have battery backup, but the electrical grid of your existing utility is used like a large rechargeable battery. The utility buys power from you at peak and part peak rates during the day when your system is generating power, and you will buy power from the utility at low rates during the evening when your PV system is offline. This all happens automatically and silently, so you don’t even have to think about it – you can just enjoy the lower electricity bill. Grid-tied systems must be connected to the utility to function and thus do not operate if there is a utility power outage. Grid-tied systems consist of photovoltaic panels and an inverter.

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    2. Grid-Tied with Battery Backup Solar Electric Systems

    Grid-tied with battery backup solar electric systems operate in conjunction with the grid just like a standard grid-tied system, but in the event of a power outage, this kind of system will continue to power critical circuits in your business or home. These systems are less common due to the higher installation cost and the fact that they are not as efficient as a standard grid-tied system.

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    3. Stand-Alone Solar Electric Systems

    Stand-alone solar electric systems operate similarly to grid-tied with battery back-up systems, but instead of tying into the “grid” through the local utility, they function independently from the grid. Stand-alone systems are used for properties where utility power is either unavailable or very costly. These systems utilize a battery bank to store the energy produced by the panels, allowing you to draw electricity even when the modules are not receiving sunlight energy. After being stored in the batteries, the DC power flows to the inverter, where it is converted to AC electricity for use in your business.


    Kurios Energy can design a solar energy system that works best for your business! Contact Us