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Residential Solar Power Systems

The Bristol team is well-trained and experienced with installing non-traditional energy systems, and we welcome the opportunity to help you discover if solar energy is a good choice for powering your home.

Benefits of Photovoltaic (PV) Energy for Residential Use

Solar energy, also known as Photovoltaic (PV) power can enable you to save on your monthly energy bill by using only what you need, and potentially earning energy credits.

Ask for Bristol’s 3-Step Solar Analysis & Proposal for Your Home

We can help you determine if a solar power system makes sense for your home by providing you with a 3-Step Solar Analysis, which works as follows:

Step 1: We begin by reviewing your home, garage and surrounding property to determine the photovoltaic power that your property is capable of producing with one or more solar array options, based on location and orientation to the sun. Array options include roof-mounted arrays, ground-mounted arrays, and pole-mounted arrays.

Step 2: Next, we calculate your home’s energy requirements by reviewing your most recent 6 to 12 months of electric bills, and propose the appropriately-sized solar array that best accommodates your usage needs.

Step 3: Finally, we calculate your term of payback, or the length of time until you begin profiting from your investment in a solar/photovoltaic power system.

System Types and Options, in Order of Popularity:

  • Grid-Tie Array system – is tied to your local electric grid, and back-feeds to the grid any excess electricity that you do not use. You gain credits on your electricity bill for the power you back-feed. This is the most popular type of system we install for clients.
  • Off Grid Array System – operates by storing power in a battery bank and the DC electricity runs through an inverter turning the power to usable AC power.
    • Grid Tie With Battery Backup – is a hybrid system that combines grid-tied and battery backup system types. Power back-feeds to the grid and excess electricity that you do not use are credited to your account. A battery bank is also powered by your array by means of a charge controller and stores power for when the grid has lost power. The batteries then transfer power to AC power through an inverter and energize the specific circuits you choose for your business.