Our Solar Products are for those who want to do it yourself (DIY) and save, or you can hire a contractor to install for you and still save thousands. A complete solar system can be installed in only 3 days by yourself. We provide all the information you need to make your installation and permitting easy. If you do not want to install your system yourself, we have contractors available in some areas, and we provide information below on how to find a local contractor to install your system for you.
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Why buy from Sunshine Solar?
Sunshine Solar has the lowest prices available on our complete solar systems, solar panels and solar panel mounting hardware. We ship throughout the USA directly to our customers from our suppliers, plus have many solar parts available for local pickup. We have low overhead with a low profit margin so you get the best value, but we sell the best quality solar products available. We have been in the solar business for 8 years so we share our experience with our customers to make your purchase and installation as easy as possible.
Why do solar systems that are installed by a solar company cost so much?
Most completely installed solar systems are sold in the home. Most solar companies spend thousands of dollars for a sales person to go to your home to sell you a solar system. This is very expensive and you are paying their commissions or salaries. Most solar companies that provide solar systems installed have high profit margins and use slick sales and financing techniques to get you to purchase an overpriced solar system. You get the same percentage of federal and state tax credits whether you have your solar system installed or you install the system yourself, so if you have average mechanical abilities and a friend to help with some of the installation, save thousands and install your system yourself.
Can I just hire a solar contractor to just do the installation?
Yes, if you do not want to install your system yourself, you can hire a solar contractor to install it for you. You can have them provide the engineering and permitting or do it yourself and save money. You will save money because you will not be paying for the expensive marketing and high profits from a solar company. Be careful contacting solar companies as they may try to sell you a much more expensive system. Contact your power company and they should be able to provide you with a list of solar or electrical contractors, or just do a search for solar contractors in your state. Here is a link to networx, a free service that will provide a list of solar contractors in your area. Click Here Make sure you get at least 3 quotes and that they are all licensed contractors.
What to do First
Replace all your incandescent light bulbs in your home to LED bulbs, and then do all you can to make your home as energy efficient as possible. The air conditioner is by far the biggest user of electrical power in most homes, so make sure it is running properly. Purchase our solar system so you have the information we provide to help you apply for a building permit with the proper information and drawings, and get any engineering needed so there are no delays. We only provide our instructions, information, engineering and drawings, after purchase.
PV Solar Systems
We have complete net metering solar systems available at low costs that are less than half the cost of most systems installed, plus they qualify for the federal and state tax credits. Most solar companies charge over $20,000 for a typical net meter system of about 5,000 watts installed. The federal tax credit is currently 30%. Check with your state to see what tax credit may be available. We include detailed instructions with help in getting your building permit. Most cities require engineering of the roof structure and mounting system, a drawing of your site with specifications, and a drawing showing labeling of conduit and power panels. We provide engineering examples and drawings you can use that require only a little editing using a pencil, ruler and some white out.
What is Net Metering
A net power meter is required for a solar power system or photovoltaic PV system to earn credits from your power company. You cannot use your old meter as it will charge you for power you generate as it cannot determine the power flow direction. You must apply for a net meter from your power company. It usually takes 20 to 40 days to get approval, and then they will only install the net meter after you pass the final permit inspection. It takes 1 or 2 weeks to get the net meter installed by your power company after they get a notice of the final inspection. Power companies will no long pay you for power you generate so you want to size the system so your solar credits equal the power you use. A 5,000 watt system is all that is needed for most homes. If you have a swimming pool, spa, electric car, or other high power usage device you may need another 1,000 to 2,000 watts or more.
Types of PV Solar Systems
A solar system is either a net metering system or a battery backup system. Battery backup systems provide backup power when the power goes out, but requires many expensive batteries that need replaced every few years. The costs of batteries and the costs of replacing batteries will offset most of the energy savings generated, and much of the power generated during the day is wasted as more power than is needed is generated during the day. A net meter system will not provide power when the power goes out. Hybrid systems can be built, but are expensive. For power outages a small 2,000 watt generator and a few gallons of gasoline is a good backup and costs only $300 to $1000 depending on the quality of the generator. All PV solar systems installed to your house must be permitted including a small battery backup system.
Types of Net Metering PV Solar Systems
There are 3 types of PV net metering solar systems. They all require an inverter or inverters to convert the DC Voltage from the solar panels to AC voltage. The lowest cost uses a standard string inverter. With a string inverter the solar panels are wired in series with usually two strings of 8 to 12 solar panels each. The string voltage is high voltage DC up to 500 volts and is dangerous to install or work on in sunlight. A string inverter is about 10% to 25% less efficient than the other two types of systems. The other two types of systems have higher efficiency. The most expensive uses micro inverters from enphase. A micro inverter is installed on every solar panel and produces 240 volts AC. The 240 volts AC again is dangerous to install or work on in sunlight. The third type is a SolarEdge hybrid string inverter that uses power optimizers. It is less expensive than the micro inverter type. A power optimizer is installed on every solar panel. These power optimizers will optimize the current and voltage from the solar panels to provide optimum efficiency, particularly with partial shading of solar panels or solar panels installed of different plains, such as east or west instead of south. This system is the safest to install and work on as the optimizers produce only 1 volt DC output until they are connected to the inverter and the inverter is operating. Proper operation can easily be verified while installing by checking the safe low voltage DC and adding the voltages to see that the panels are operating. These features are very important for the self installer. For these reasons, the SolarEdge system is the system we sell. All systems provide excellent monitoring and troubleshooting onsite and via the internet.
Solaredge Inverter Power Optimizer Model P300
Types of PV Solar Panels
There are 2 types of PV Solar Panels Poly-Crystalline and Mono-Crystalline. The manufacturing processes are very different but they are very similar. The Poly-Crystalline generally cost a little less. Our PV solar systems come with high quality Poly-Crystalline solar panels and have a 25 year warranty.
260 Watt Solar Panel
PV Solar Panel Mounting Systems
We provide instructions and an engineering example for mounting the solar panels with our low cost easy to install system that does not use expensive aluminum rails. This mounting system costs up to 80% less saving you $1000 to $1,500 on a typical system so your solar system costs are lowered. See our MID and END Mounting Clamps in our Store.
END Mounting Clamps Installed
See our solar products in our online store by clicking on the Solar Store link below. There you will find all our products with more information, prices, pictures, features and specifications.
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Sunshine Solar has solar systems, solar panels, solar inverters, solaredge, enphase, fronious, low cost solar mounting brackets, and many other solar products available for the home owner who wants to DIY do it yourself.
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Solar Systems from $4,299
Solar Panels for less than $1.00 per Watt.
SolarEdge NET Meter Inverters from $1,299
Solar Panel Mounting Hardware from $10.00
Click on the links below to see the manufacturers brochures, specifications, and DataSheets on Solar Panels, Inverters, and Optimizers.
Click Here to go to the SolarEdge Inverter Webpage
Here you can see details and view the datasheets.
Click Here to go to the SolarEdge Optimizer Webpage
Here you can view and print the Datasheet and Users Guide.
Click Here to View and Print the Vikram Solar Panel SpecSheet
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