Living “Off-Grid” is a lifestyle choice.
While it takes planning, commitment, and active engagement from the homeowner, the rewards of off-grid living are significant. First, the cost of the off-grid solar system is the only “electric bill” a homeowner receives. Essentially, the cost of power is paid up front at a price that will prove to be better than the on-going, climbing rates of utility companies. Secondly, the homeowner benefits from the sense of self-sufficiency and independence off- grid living provides. Lastly, the owner of a properly designed and maintained independent power station contributes to a brighter future for everyone: his/her impact on the environment is reduced through the use of renewable energy.
Solar works in Vermont!
Despite the long, dark winter, Vermont has an average of 4.2 sun-hours per day—more than Germany, a country with nearly 50% of its energy produced by solar. This means that solar power is a very feasible option for homeowners in Vermont. A family can easily and comfortably power a home with the sun!
In rural Vermont, off-grid power is often the best option for electricity. Remotely located homes and camps can have electricity. A well-designed and maintained solar electric system provides all the needed power.
Solar is reliable, clean, and it feels good to produce your own energy! Solartech’s shop, as well as Rich and Donna’s home, are off- grid.
Energy efficiency is key.
Energy efficiency is very highly prioritized by the off-grid system user. It is essential that every electrical load in an off-grid home be considered from the perspective of efficiency. If you use less power, you will save significant system costs. A general rule of thumb is that every $1 invested in efficiency will result in ~ $4 in avoided system expense. Off-grid homes can consume a fraction of the power of the typical utility-tied household. Cooking, heating, lighting, water pumping, and major appliances must all be carefully considered. When you generate your own power you also monitor your consumption.
Incentives are available.
A 30% federal tax credit is available to the off-grid user to help offset costs. This is 30% of the total system price, applicable to components and labor for installed systems. For do-it-yourselfers, only system components can be applied to the tax credit. Please note that this is a credit against what you owe in taxes. It is not a write-off to lower your taxable income. Secondly, renewable energy components are sold without sales tax in Vermont.
Solartech carefully designs successful systems.
When Rich designs an off-grid system, he works closely with the owner. Careful consideration is required to ensure:
- The right size array is chosen with proper mounting.
- Wiring, fuses, and breakers are specified for both safety and system efficiency.
- The correct type and size battery bank is chosen and installed safely.
- Inverters, charge controllers, and other components are chosen for seamless operation and maximum performance.
Solartech provides excellent customer service.
We provide professional installation and system maintenance to ensure the long life, reliability, and safety of your solar electric system. Also, we are available with advice for do-it-yourselfers installing a system. It’s important to us to maintain affordability and support our clients with their off-grid systems. Give us a call today!