A Superior Solar Experience
That’s the Photon Brother’s Promise
That’s the Photon Brother’s Promise
Our quality technology, attention to detail, expert knowledge, aggressive financing and white glove treatment set us apart from other installers. Photon Brothers has a passion for installing solar panels that look good and work great.
One of the hardest decisions to make when considering going solar is whether to have rooftop-mount solar panels or ground-mount solar panels. Here at Photon Brothers, we are experts in ground-mount solar panels. We use iron ridge racking systems to ensure optimal energy production.
Ground-mounted solar panels are a great alternative to rooftop-mounted solar panels. There is a lot of flexibility in where they can be located, which is incredibly useful if your roof is not equipped for solar panels.
Ground-mounted solar panels are very efficient. Due to the fact that they can be installed anywhere on your property, they can produce more energy compared to rooftop-mounted solar panels and require less maintenance.
When it comes to rooftop installations, Photon Brothers has you covered. For some, the biggest concern regarding solar is whether or not there will be holes in your roof. Here at Photon Brothers, one of our main priorities is getting you effective panels, without needing to drill through your roof. For this reason, we often use non-penetrating roof systems.
A very common and effective installation to avoid this problem is ballasted racking systems. With ballasted installs, concrete blocks are fastened throughout the roof in order to better stabilize the panels that are placed on top of them. Ballasted installs ensure the same production of energy, all while causing no harm to your roof.
Generally, ballasted installations are the most beneficial for flat roofs. However, Photon Brothers carefully designs each solar system differently, providing the most efficient and stable system we have to offer.
Often times, solar power systems do not produce the same amount of energy year-round. It is very common for energy production to fluctuate. Solar power systems can produce more power than necessary, but net metering ensures that all excess power will be used. With net metering, there will constantly be energy available to use, even on days where the system is under-producing.
Net metering allows energy that is not in use to be stored in the grid, in exchange for credits on your bill. In times where the system is producing surplus power, the energy is sent to the grid. The credits earned can then be used during high use times, when the solar system is not producing enough power.
Thinking about switching to solar, but worried about the cost? Besides making a positive impact on the earth and lessening your monthly utility bill, companies such as Xcel Energy and Black Hills Energy offer solar rewards programs based on your solar system’s performance. These solar rewards are incentives that are paid to the owner of the solar system, depending on the system’s energy production. For a specific number of years (depending on your utility company), you earn a solar reward for every kilowatt-hour (cents/kWh) you put through your system, on top of reducing your solar bill.
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 $0.0425/kWh.
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