Option 3: Live off-the-grid
Just a handful of our customers have off-grid solar systems.
Living off-the-grid requires minimal electricity use and daily energy management. This lifestyle entails planning and coordinating your energy use based on available sunlight and battery charge.
Those who live off-the-grid are their own utility, even in the middle of winter when sunlight is low and needs are high. A generator could provide backup power for your off-grid solar system.
We can help you explore this option if you think it is feasible for your site. We would begin the process with an upfront design fee. Also, we would ask you to complete our Load Calculation Worksheet.
An example of one of our off-grid projects:
4kW off-grid system for a cabin in rural Tennessee
8 AGM batteries
Generator for backup
Types of Installations
We will evaluate the suitability of your roof based on this criteria:
- Faces south, east and/or west
- Has minimal shade from nearby trees
- Has minimal obstructions like chimneys,dormers,etc.
- Is in good condition (typically, under 10 years old)
- Is asphalt shingle, metal, standing seam, or another material suitable for solar panels
Examples of our roof-mounted projects
8.7kW solar system on an asphalt shingle roof in Westhaven in Franklin, TN
10kW solar system on a metal roof in rural Williamson County, TN
5.4kW solar system on a standing seam copper roof in Nashville, TN
Other mounting options
A ground-mounted system costs more than a roof-mounted system, but provides higher production. Here’s why: We can install the panels so they are orientated due south, receiving the most sunlight. Also, ground-mounted solar panels receive more air flow, enhancing performance.
Examples of our ground-mounted projects
10kW system in Kingston Springs, TN
20kW system in Clarksville, TN
10kW system in Hendersonville, TN
Canopy or awning
Get the perks of a ground-mounted system, plus shade for your parking area, patio, or porch. A parking canopy pairs nicely with an electric vehicle (EV) charger. Cool factor: Translucent solar panels can be used!
Examples of our solar canopy and awning projects
5kW solar canopy for patio (plus 3kW rooftop panels) in
8kW solar awning for front porch in
5kW solar canopy for patio
(plus 3kW rooftop panels) in
8kW solar awning
for front porch in
Solar-charged battery systems & all solar mounting types qualify for the 26% federal tax credit.
Not sure which option is right for you? Contact us for your free project consultation! We customize each system based on site considerations, your goals and your input. Request your consultation today.