SunRiver Solar is a full service integrator of photovoltaic systems.
In each case we provide a customized analysis including a complete site analysis, system design, permitting, installation and start-up. Our service department performs all warranty work and any service calls. With SunRiver, our custom systems make us the perfect match for any project, big or small.
The comprehensive site analysis includes a detailed shading survey, structural review of the proposed installation site, and consideration of the existing electrical service. Solar installation has never been easier.
SunRiver Solar is experienced in processing your building permit. We provide all the necessary drawings, calculations and any other documentation necessary to get the permit.
Our dedication to renewable energy comes from a love of this big blue marble we live on. We also understand that saving money and saving our planet are not mutually exclusive. With SunRiver you can find a way to go green and save some green too. Help us in our pursuit of a sustainable future and learn more about what makes solar energy worthwhile.
Here's how it works: Burning fossil fuels creates carbon dioxide and carbon dioxide contributes to global warming. Electricity generated from photovoltaics reduces this greenhouse gas dramatically as compared to conventional generation sources.
By some estimates an average 4 kilowatt system installed on your home would reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 100 tons over 25 years. This is the environmental equivalent of not driving approximately 300,000 miles. Similarly this would be equivalent to planting about 2 acres of trees.
Solar power is our business, and as such we love to inform our clients on how the solar power process works. There are two basic types of solar power systems: grid-tie and off-grid.
How does a Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Work?
Whether your solar energy system is being installed for residential, commercial, government, or agricultural use, the principles behind the system are fundamentally the same. There are three basic components, the array of PV panels along with their mounting structure, the ac-dc inverter, and the electric grid. The grid is a fancy way of saying the electrical service provided by the utility company.
The PV panels are the components that actually generate the electrical current. Photons from the sun hit the panels and excite electrons in the PV material. The electrons begin to flow and this creates an electric current. The panels are most often mounted on an existing structure to form a rectangular array or grid pattern. The structure is usually the roof of the building, covered parking area, or garage, but it may also be a freestanding structure with the specific purpose of supporting the panel array. Sometimes people use PV arrays as shade structures over their patios and decks. A critical design feature is to select a location that receives minimal shading.
The DC current generated by the PV array next flows to the inverter where it is converted into AC current. Alternating current is the kind used in your home or business. Inverters may be configured to produce single phase 120/240 volt current commonly used in your home or 3-phase current commonly used in commercial and industrial applications.
The final component of the system is the grid itself. The grid acts like a battery storing the excess electricity generated by your system. The energy you generate (but do not use) is pumped back into the grid for future use just as if the grid were a big battery.
The actual consumption for which you are billed is calculated by taking the total kilowatt-hours you consume minus the total kilowatt-hours you produce. You only pay for the net amount that you consume. This is the origin of the term "Net Metering" that you may have heard of.