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Grid Tied

Grid Tied with Energy Storage - Peak Shift, Load Shave, Backup

A residential, "Grid Tied" PV solar system enables a homeowner to generate power during the day when they are not at home and credit or "bank" the excess energy to the utility grid, since they are "tied" to or connected to the utility grid.  In the evening, the homeowner then draws electricty back from the grid (as they normally would) to power their homes. This basic concept is called net-metering.  The solar Panels (made up of photovolatic cells) on the roof (or the ground if ground mounted) convert the sunlight into electricity.  The cells are grouped together to create solar panels.  A series of panels can be linked together, as seen above, to generate enough power to reduce or eliminate your electricity bill entirely - cut the utility umbilical cord.    


Utility-interactive or grid tied systems make a bidirectional interface with the utility at the distribution panel or electric service entrance.  When a PV system does not produce enough power to meet the system loads (at night), additional power is imported from the utility.  If there is an excess of PV power (in the day), the excess power is fed back (exported) to the grid - whereby the homeowner receives a "credit" from the utility company.

A grid tied with energy storage system (bimodal) is a PV system that can operate in either utility-interactive or stand-alone (off grid) mode, and uses lithium ion technology to store energy.  If you have an existing solar PV system, we can add an energy storage system to it - just like we did in 2014, to an existing grid tied solar system designed in 2009.  Now, the homeowner can power his house when the grid goes down.  He and his family can now use the air conditioner, microwave, oven, washer and dryer, all the lights, security system, 2 refrigerators, internet, phone, power in each room, outdoor lighting, 3 big screen tv's and more . . . . for over 15 years without the grid!

Bimodal systems operate in a manner and have components similar to those found in UPS's. Under normal conditions, bimodal systems operate in interactive mode, serving the on-site loads or sending excess power to the grid, while keeping the energy storage system fully charged. However, if there is a "black out" as in the first picture to the right or the grid becomes de-energized, control circuitry disconnects from the utility grid and operates the inverter to supply AC power from the energy storage system, supplying your house with the needed electricity during the night.  In the day, the solar panels power the house and recharge the energy storage system, and will continue to do so for at least 15 years.  If the system must be taken off-line for service and maintenance, a manual transfer switch or bypass circuit can isolate the energy storage bank and inverter from the remainder of the system and directly connect the loads to the utility grid.

In the event of a blackout, your house could run on the solar panels and its energy storage system to supply all the electricity it needs in the protected loads panel, indefinitely for over 15 years, without the grid!

Car Charging Station

Having the retractable reel (shown to the left) means charging electric vehicles at home is a snap.  The wonderful features of this new electric vehicle charger are a smart-looking design, retractable reel and easy, touch-screen controls.

This product is a 6.6 kW charging station is engineered with high quality and proven designs to ensure trouble-free performance and long service life.  All components are UL listed and supported by OSHA.  The station delivers Level II (208/240V @ 30A) charging and is compatible with plug-in electric vehicles that comply with the SAE J1772 plug-in electric vehicle charging standard.  The energy cost of an electric vehicle is 1/4 the cost of a gas vehicle on average, or  $.04/mile (EV)  vs.  $.12/mile (gas).

1.    Protection from rising energy costs - about 6% per year minimum, and rising . . .


2.    Lower your utility bills each month or get rid of them forever!


3.    Homeowners are simply using more electricity, as they plug more and more things into the outlets - new appliances, big screen t.v.'s, computers, laptops, printers, entertainment centers, multiple DVR's, chargers, etc.  


4.    The electricity generated from your PV system is clean and fully renewable.


5.    Help promote and foster the growth of the Distributed Generation of Electricity Movement.  Distributed generation of electricity is the behind the meter technologies of energy efficiency, management, storage and clean generation, among others.


6.    Harness the power of the sun.


7.    Positive environmental benefits.


8.    Higher home resale value.


9.    Solar provides you the opportunity to control your energy needs . . .

Why Go Solar?

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The new sleek, easy-to-use charging station with retractable cord.

About Our Solar Installation Team

We are certified by NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practicioners) in solar photovoltaic installation.  


The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) is a volunteer board of renewable energy stakeholder representatives that includes representatives of the solar industry, NABCEP certificants, renewable energy organizations, state policy makers, educational institutions, and the trades. Each member of the board was chosen because of his or her experience and involvement in the solar energy industry. NABCEP’s mission–to support, and work with, the renewable energy and energy efficiency industries, professionals, and stakeholders–is intended to develop and implement quality credentialing and certification programs for practitioners.


NABCEP’s goal is to develop voluntary national certification programs that will:

      •  Promote renewable energy;

      •  Provide value to practitioners;

      •  Promote worker safety and skill; and

      •  Promote consumer confidence


NABCEP is committed to providing a certification program of quality and integrity for the professionals and consumer/public it is designed to serve. Professionals who choose to become certified demonstrate their competence in the field and their commitment to upholding high standards of ethical and professional practice.

For installers:

     •  Identifies installers as professionals, instilling consumer confidence in their work

     •  Validates extra resources spent on training and gaining experience

     •  Allows for installer mobility as the market moves from state to state

     •  Allows installers to distinguish their skills and experience in the field


For consumers:

     •  Provides a means to identify qualified installers, promoting confidence in the work performed

     •  Preserves consumer choice, maintaining access to both certified and uncertified installers

Benefits of certification exist for both installers and consumers:

The NABCEP PV installer certification is a voluntary certification that provides a set of national standards by which PV installers with skills and experience can distinguish themselves from their competition. Certification provides a measure of protection to the public by giving them a credential for judging the competency of practitioners. It is not intended to prevent qualified individuals from installing PV systems nor to replace state licensure requirements.


The target candidate for NABCEP certification is the person responsible for the system installation (e.g., contractor, foreman, supervisor, or journeyman).


The NABCEP PV Installation Professional certification has been developed in accordance with the the certification field’s best practices. NABCEP is a member of the Institute for Credentialing Excellence (I.C.E.) and has endeavored to follow the requirements of ISO/IEC Standard 17024: General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification Systems of Persons.


NABCEP’s PV Installer Certification is North America’s only renewable energy personnel certification that has been ANSI accredited to the internationally recognized ISO/IEC 17024 standard.

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Ford Focus EV                                   3.5  hours

Chevrolet Volt                                    3.2

Nissan Leaf                                        7.3

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Energy Monitoring System

Would you like to see how much energy you use on your phone?  Installing a home energy monitoring system provides real-time feedback on electricity usage.  It is accurate, affordable and easy-to-understand.


We will install two main components at your residence: one component installs in your breaker panel and transmits data over your existing powerline, while the other component picks up the signal and provides you with information via your computer, wireless display and smartphone.  A third component is installed if you have a PV system, allowing you to monitor your electric consumption, production and net energy!


Lower your electricity bill by an average of 12.6% the first month of using your new electricity monitoring system.


View real-time electricity data remotely on your computer or smartphone, allowing you to make quick changes and lower your bills.  You can find those pesky phantom loads or determine which appliances are using the most electricity.

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"Hey Norm, (Jeff's mentor and friend), should we install those solar panels here . . . or there?

We learned how to install solar from the best at Grid Alternatives - right here is Greater Los Angeles and Ventura

Grid Alternatives prides itself in promoting the very best in solar design, installation and maintenance.  Raising standards.  Promoting confidence.


GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles helps low-income families save money and provides community volunteers and job seekers with hands-on experience installing solar electric systems in local neighborhoods.  Since 2007, they’ve helped over 600 low-income families go solar throughout Los Angeles, Orange and Ventura Counties.  They simply teach solar PV the  right way . . . the safe way . . .


They also promote and support The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP), which is the “gold standard” for PV Installation certification.  NABCEP offers certification and certificate programs to renewable energy professionals throughout North America.  Grid helped Jeff become just that - certified!  Without Grid Alternatives and the help from Norman, Alan, Adewale, Ana, Jose, Bo  and may others . . . Jeff would not have passed the vigorous test and had the opportunity to say he is NABCEP certified as a PV Installation Professional.


If you too would like to learn to install solar, right here in Southern California, please follow this link, select the area of your choice to volunteer in, fill out a volunteer application, go to the saftey orientation meeting for 2 hours, then,you will become a volunteer for the upcoming solar PV installations in the area of your choice . . . and I'll . . . see you on the roof.

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My wifey!


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