Southern Oregon’s solar energy contractor.
Solar energy is the perfect clean, renewable energy source. Alternative Energy Systems designs, installs, and services all types of solar electric systems. Our goal is to meet the renewable energy needs of Southern Oregon residents, farms, and businesses. We offer:
- Grid-tied solar energy systems
- Off-the-grid solar energy systems
- Back-up power
- Remote water pumping
How does solar energy work?
Photovoltaic (PV) panels absorb sunlight and convert light energy to electricity. The sunlight excites electrons in the panel. These electrons move through the system wiring to the inverter, where the energy is converted from DC to AC, and distributed to your electrical panel, for use in your home or business. In general, the majority of solar energy systems use panels that attach to the roof. The size and number of panels determine the amount of power the system will generate.
On or off the electrical grid?
you can use solar panels as a partial or full source of electrical energy. Solar panels are usually tied into the electric grid because disconnecting from the grid is costly and impractical for most people. Our focus for off-grid electrical is for remote properties which do not currently have grid power. Learn more about:
What size of solar energy system will I need?
There are many different solar energy system configurations, so choosing the right one will depend on your property and your power generation needs. When considering a solar energy system, the two most important questions are:
“What do I want to invest?”
“How much electrical power do I want to produce?”
Your solar energy system can offset some or all of your electric bill—how much depends upon your specific situation. Alternative Energy Systems will consult with you to design the best system for your home or business. Our solar energy systems are custom-built to fit each location. you can always start small and experience the benefits of solar energy, then add-on to your system over time.
What does going solar cost?
The cost of installing a solar photovoltaic system has come way down. There are numerous tax credits and utility incentives available for residential and business installations that can substantially reduce the upfront cost.
Ashland is the only place in the region where you can actually be paid for excess power generation. All utilities, however, will “bank” excess power on a month-to-month basis during periods of high production, for your personal use during the less sunny winter months
Whether your interest in solar energy is driven by environmental concerns or economic savings, there has never been a better time to begin offsetting some of your power consumption and reducing your reliance on the power company.