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What Does ‘Peak Sun Hours’ Mean

Solar energy has been around for some time now, yet it is still very new to most people. There are a lot of things people do not fully understand, like ‘peak sun hours’ and what that means.

The popularity of solar panels continues...

How Many Solar Panels Do You Need?

Many people are turning to solar power to cut their electric costs and to better the environment. Some, in jurisdictions where it’s allowed, are selling power back to the grid to help others. While it is true that not all people can provide 100...

Does a solar system make financial sense for me?

Yes! Solar is cleaner and less expensive than power from the utility company. Solar is a smart financial investment because you will save money on electrical costs for years to come and increase your home value. Our customers who purchase their system...

What is the environmental impact of solar?

Using national average emission factors, every megawatt-hour of electricity generated through a solar PV panel avoids more than 1,300 lbs of carbon dioxide (CO2), more than 5 lbs of sulfur dioxide (SO2), and almost 2 lbs of nitrogen oxide (NOx), and...

What size solar system do I need?

Every home and business is different, so the size of your system will depend on your energy needs, how much electricity or hot water or space heat you use, the size of your roof, how much you’re willing to invest, and what your goals are for...

Why should I purchase a PV system?

Solar systems often make financial and ecological sense for our clients. In addition to acting as a guaranteed investment, solar energy creates electricity and heat and avoids pollution from conventional coal plants and nuclear plants. Some individuals...

What happens if there is a black out?

In the event of a blackout, your system is designed to turn off. This is a safety requirement by the utility company so that their technicians can safely repair down electrical lines. If you have battery backup, the system will utilize an automatic...

What maintenance is required?

Your solar energy system requires very little maintenance, largely because it has no moving parts. All your system requires is minimal shade, occasional cleaning, and inspection. We suggest that you keep an eye on trees that may shade your system and...

Should I wait for new technology?

Now is the best time to invest in a solar system because of the cost-effectiveness of this proven, affordable clean technology. The underlying benefit of turning sunlight into electricity will not change for as long as we still use electricity to power...

How reliable is solar power?

One benefit of a solar panel installation is that the systems are very reliable.

They have proven to be dependable sources of energy for large office buildings, mass retailers and governmental agencies, supplying megawatts of energy. Some of...

How do I know my system is working properly?

We integrate an online monitoring program with each solar system we design and install. This allows our clients and RED Group to monitor the production of energy. We are also notified of decreased production or other issues via email if there is problem. ...

How long will a solar system last?

The basic PV module (interconnected, enclosed panel of PV cells) has no moving parts and can last more than 30 years. The best way to ensure and extend the life and effectiveness of your PV system is by having it installed and maintained properly....

Is it difficult to switch over to solar power?

Switching to solar power is easy. We will get your solar system up and running as quickly and smoothly as possible so that you can start saving money and using clean energy. You won’t experience any changes to your home or business when you begin...

Is now a good time to buy a solar power system?

Now is the perfect time to switch to solar. Federal, state and local governments are offering generous incentives to go solar; however, these programs are designed to reward early adopters of solar power, so the rebate amount per project continues...

Do you have financing available?

RED Group is authorized to work with various distributors and financial institutions. We can connect you with a program that works well for your personal situation. We do not offer in house financing.

How do I know if I have enough sunlight for PV?

First, it's good to know how photovoltaic (PV) soler energy systems work.

A photovoltaic (PV) system needs unobstructed access to the sun’s rays for most or all of the day. Shading on the system can significantly reduce energy output....

Do I need special insurance requirements?

Standard homeowner’s insurance policies usually suffice to meet electric utility requirements. Electric utilities usually require that homeowners who take advantage of net metering sign an interconnection agreement.

Can the modules withstand high winds and hail?

The panels are supported by our roofer-designed mounting system that has been tested to withstand 140 mph (winds and can work on almost every type of roofing material. Our modules can withstand one-inch (2.5 cm) hailstones at 50 mph (80.5 kph).

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How does a solar water-heating system work?

Active vs. passive solar water-heating systems for solar energy

Every solar water-heating system features a solar collector that faces the sun to absorb the sun’s heat energy. This collector can either heat water directly or heat a “working...

How does solar power connect to the electrical grid?

The solar energy generated by PV panels is converted from DC to AC power by an on-site inverter. In grid connected systems, the AC electric current can then be routed directly into the home or business or routed to the electric grid via a two-way meter. ...

How can we get electricity from the sun?

When certain semiconducting materials, such as certain kinds of silicon, are exposed to sunlight, they release small amounts of electricity. This process is known as the photoelectric effect. The photoelectric effect refers to the emission, or ejection,...

Birdsong Brewing Solar Event

Red Group is hosting an event at Birdsong Brewing Thursday 10/5 from 5pm -7:30pm. Come learn how solar can benefit your home or business. Birdsong will have great beers and food trucks on site. Team REDgroup will be on hand for personal discussions as...

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Solar Neighborhood in Charlotte North Carolina

What if every home could have a net-zero energy bill? For homeowners in the new ReAlta neighborhood Charlotte, that dream might just be a reality.

RED Group NC brings solar energy to South Charlotte

Chelsea Builders, has chosen Renewable...

Equipment used for solar installations

Renewable Energy Design Group uses a variety of different equipment depending on the installation site's specific needs.

We would love to evaluate your site and discuss which equipment would work best for your needs

Some of our...

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