Thermal solar is the heating of water with the suns rays either for in home use or heating your swimming pool. PV is using the suns energy to make electricity. Mechanically they are very different systems. We do not recommend solar hot water any longer mainly because the cost of PV has come down so much it makes more sense to just go with PV.
Grid tied means the electricity you produces goes directly into your bi-directional meter. Your house, appliances and lifestyle won't know the difference between your solar power or the utility power.
With grid tied solar systems when the grid goes down, so does the solar power system. This is a built in safety feature.
Absolutely! We are certified with SMA for battery back up/micro grid systems that we can design to run your home or business under almost any circumstance.
That is how you connect to your utility grid with your solar system. Your utility has an agreement in place that we will guide you through. Every utility is a little different, but don't worry, we're experts in them all.
Net metering is the system in place to work with your power company as a co-generator. You either pay for or keep the net difference between the Kwh's that you make and use each month.
A 30% tax credit on the full amount of your solar project is now available from the Federal Government. When the time comes to prepare your taxes, fill out Form 5695 and turn it in with your taxes. Go to http://energy.gov/savings/residential-renewable-energy-tax-credit for more information.
In Florida Mono (or Monocrystalline) panels are the best option. They are better suited for our hot temperatures. They are the premium option but the return over the short and long term is well worth it.
The brand and type of inverter (String, Micro, or Hybrid) used is really dependent on your particular application. We install and service SMA Solar Edge and Enphase inverters. The best option for you can be easily determined and explained with our no obligation site assessment.
Generally we like to have everything done within three weeks or less. Having said that, there are many variables involved with each project and some of them are out of our control time wise. We will do everything to expedite your project and get you making power ASAP.