A Superior Solar Experience
That’s the Photon Brother’s Promise
That’s the Photon Brother’s Promise
Our high-end technology, strict attention to detail, expert knowledge, aggressive financing and complete white glove treatment sets us apart from other local solar installers. Photon Brothers has a passion and desire for installing advantageous solar panels that look good and work even better.
One of the trickiest decisions to make when considering adding solar to your residence is whether to have rooftop-mounted solar panels or ground-mounted solar panels. Here at Photon Brothers, we are experts in both types of mounts so know that you’ll be in good hands. We use strong iron ridge racking systems to ensure ideal energy production.
Ground-mounted solar panels are a great alternative to rooftop-mounted solar panels if you’re not wanting panes on your roof. There is a lot of flexibility in where they can be located, which is incredibly useful if you want them more hidden than they would be on the top of your house.
Ground-mounted solar panels are very proficient. Since they can be installed practically anywhere on your property, they can produce more energy compared to rooftop-mounted solar panels and typically require less maintenance.
When it comes to rooftop installations, Photon Brothers has you covered with little to no damage to your home. Usually, the biggest concern regarding a getting solar is worry of holes being put in your roof. Here at Photon Brothers, one of our main priorities is getting you effective panels, without needing to drill through your home’s roof. Intentionally, our teams always use non-penetrating roof systems to protect the integrity and structure of your residence.
An effective installation to avoid this problem is what we call ‘ballasted racking systems.” With ballasted installs, concrete blocks are fastened on the roof in order to stabilize the panels. Ballasted installs ensure the same production of energy, all while causing no damage to your roof.
Normally, ballasted installations are beneficial for flat roofs. However, Photon Brothers carefully designs each solar system differently, providing the most efficient and stable system we have to offer. All systems are custom.
Another benefit of solar energy is something called Net Metering. Net metering, or net energy metering, is a solar incentive practice that allows you to store energy on the electric grid for later use. When your solar panels produce excess power throughout the day, that energy is sent to the grid and saved in a bank like a savings account. When your system is under-producing energy, like during nighttime or bad weather days, you can pull that saved up energy from your savings account to use.
With the right sized solar energy system, you can produce enough electricity to match your home’s total electricity use for an entire year. However, the amount of electricity your solar panels produce will vary throughout the year depending on the season’s weather. Net metering helps you account for those differences during the low-sunlight days by crediting you for the excess electricity your panels produce so your home can use it whenever it needs it. Just like a savings account, you can dip in to that saved up energy when the weather is bad or there’s not enough sunny days in a row to match your electricity needs. It’s as simple as that!
Any excess generated energy from your net metered PV system will be rolled over month‐to‐month, year‐to‐year and held in what we call a “Solar Bank.” Those credits will never run out so you can use them whenever your consumption of energy exceeds that day’s generation of energy. Just like a fuel reserve, when you don’t produce enough during a certain day, you can cash in that saved energy from your bank. However, if you move or stop services, be aware that you cannot cash out your Solar Bank anymore. To further explain, credits cannot be transferred from utility account to utility account and may not be transferred to a new homeowner if a customer moves. Once “Rollover” has been elected, you cannot change to a “Waive” option with your bank of energy.
Are you thinking about switching to solar but are worried about cost? Besides decreasing your monthly utility bill and making a positive impact on the Earth, companies such as Black Hills Energy and Xcel Energy offer solar rewards programs based on your system’s performance. Solar rewards are incentives paid to the owner of the system at different rates, depending on their solar system’s energy production. For a certain number of years (depending on your utility company), you earn a specific solar reward for every kilowatt-hour (cents/kWh) that goes through your system. Not only this, don’t forget that you are reducing your solar bill too!
The performance-based incentive for Black Hills Energy varies depending on the size of your system. A system that is .5kW to 30kW receives an incentive of $0.045/kWh. Systems that are 30.1kW to 500kW receive an incentive of $0.075/kWh.
Xcel Energy also offers performance-based incentive programs for their solar systems. Their small solar rewards program offers $0.005/kWh and their medium solar rewards program offers $0.0375/kWh.
Colorado Springs Utilities offers a Renewable Energy Program for Photovoltaics that also gives back to solar users. Business and residential customers are eligible for a $0.20 per watt rebate. Depending on the installation, up to 40 percent of the total system cost could be covered by rebates and tax credits.
Fort Collins Utilities Solar Rebate Program supports customers generating their own renewable energy, providing incentives and guidance to help make sure each solar project is a success. Depending on the size of your solar system, residential homes can get up to $1,500* in rebates and commercial buildings up to $100,000*.
There are many benefits of adding solar energy to your Southern Colorado home. Our professional company is here to make the custom process as simple and painless as possible. Contact Colorado’s best solar panel roof and ground mount installers today for more information. The Photon Brothers are here for you!
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