Grid-BYE Instead of Grid-tie
Grid-tie solar power systems have gained popularity in America (and Louisiana) in the last 10 years as a result of “Net Metering” legislation, state by state. Now we are seeing “push back” from the utilities due to the rapid increase of solar installations. If you hadn’t heard, Net Metering, has been blocked by several utilities already and more to come. Grid-tie, as we know it, may end in the next few months if the utilities get their way, and they usually do. We will no longer get full credit for solar, or we won’t be allowed to interconnect, which will radically change net metering in Louisiana.
Gulf South Solar HAS THE SOLUTION!
NO MORE NET-METERING! We are now offering as an alternative to net-metering, “GridZero” to all of our customers.
With our new Outback Power Radian inverters you will not need to:
1. Sign a net metering contract with the utility.
2. Pay a fee for the replacement of your meter.
3. Potentially get reduced credit on your bill for your solar power.
4. Be affected by policy changes at the capital or the Public Service Commission ever again.
Some of our customers will be encouraged to take this option, and we will show them how this is the solution for the future, that we are installing now. Go “GridZero”!
UPDATE - Gulf South Solar’s owner Jeff Shaw installed one of these inverters several months ago in his home and has been living with the new system. He reports: “Grid-Zero is the way to go for me. I am trying to live an off-grid lifestyle with solar being my primary power source so this is what I want. It’s nice that now I have the Grid backing me up instead of vice-versa”.
“I monitor the ebb and flow of solar power into my system and my usage of harvested power. I now have my essential circuits off-grid with my GridZero so it doesn’t matter if the power goes out or not! Only my non-essential circuits use grid power. If I run short of power for my essential circuits the inverter draws power from the grid and adds it to the solar. If I were living completely off-grid and used more power than I had planned for, my system would shut down until the sun came back up”.
“As I add more solar (or storage) I add more circuits to my GridZero, which in turn lowers my bill even more. I’m not “selling” my power, I’m using it all on site. This month (October 2014) my electric bill was down to $36 on my 3200 square foot, 1970’s traditionally constructed home”. I can, and will increase my solar so that I may run even more off-grid, lowering my bill further, but more importantly, being more self-reliant”.
Getting to see it visually on the MATE 3 monitor adds another dimension to the GridZero life. Take a look at a screen shot of how the battery bank cycles. The daily charge cycle is shown as well as the nightly discharge. With the battery bank typically operating in the upper 20% of it’s capacity, it’s life will be greatly extended.