Solar Power Basics

Types of Solar Power Systems in Maine

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Grid-tied solar energy system

This system generates solar electricity which is used to power your home. If more power is needed, such as during the night, electricity is drawn from the utility grid. If your residential solar power system produces more energy than needed, the excess is fed back into the power grid and you are credited for future use.

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Grid-tied PV system with battery backup

This solar PV system is connected to the utility grid and includes energy storage that is charged by your solar panel system. In the event of a power outage in Maine, the battery bank would continue to supply your home or business with power. Sundog Solar experts can work with you to determine critical power loads for your solar electricity.

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Off-grid solar energy system

These are great for Maine homes that are too far from the power grid to be economically connected or for someone who has declared energy independence and chooses not to be connected to the grid. These systems charge batteries which are used to power the home.

Solar System Design and Installation With Sundog

We provide high-quality design, installation, and repair services for solar electric systems throughout Maine.

First, we listen to your needs as a customer and homeowner.

Then we design a solar energy system that meets your goals and budget. We also focus on conservation and efficiency measures that can help reduce your energy loads.

Finally, our team of certified and insured solar experts installs your system. Our solar installers are known throughout Maine for being friendly, professional and knowledgeable.

Sundog Solar installs systems throughout Maine, including Portland, Freeport, Rockland, Augusta, Bangor, Ellsworth, Skowhegan, Calais, and Blue Hill.

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“We needed only 32 panels to cover our electrical needs throughout the year. The panels produce about $1,500. worth of electricity.  We couldn’t be happier!”
-Teresa, Searsmont, ME

Solar 101

Solar 101

How Does Solar Power Work?

Photovoltaic (PV) technology transforms sunlight into electricity. To use this technology for your home or business, you need a basic system comprised of the following:

  • Solar panels, which generate DC (direct current) electricity
  • An inverter, which changes DC to AC (alternating current) power. AC power is what is used in most homes and businesses
  • The DC current in each of the cells is combined into one central circuit. DC power can be used in many mobile applications such as in an RV, boat, or to charge batteries.

Houses and businesses use alternating current (AC) electricity. Once the power is converted by the inverter, it can then be used by appliances, lights, and electrical devices.

With these basic components, you can generate electricity and feed it to your household circuits as well as send any excess electricity you make back to the grid for full retail credit.

Maine has the best solar energy resource in New England!

Energy independence is on everyone’s mind these days. With the unpredictable cost of fuel, a fragile electric grid, and the state of the economy it makes sense to create an energy strategy that provides a brighter, more secure future.

Solar technology has been proven over many decades, and today it’s more affordable than ever!

1,000 Watts Per Square Meter

That’s how much of the sun’s power strikes the earth every hour. Maine receives a yearly average of 4 hours of sun each day. When you consider that Germany averages 3.5 hours of sunlight each day and that they are the world leaders in solar integration, Maine is perfect for solar energy!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Big A Solar Electric System Do I Need?

We size your solar system using your electric bills, your location, the amount of available roof space, how much of your electric bill you want to offset, and your long-term energy goals. We then customize a solar power system that matches your needs.

Can I power more than one property with my solar array?

Yes! Since Maine has a net metering policy, the utilities are required to provide you with a credit for every extra kilowatt your system produces. You can add multiple accounts to your electric bill so your solar system can provide power for more than one account.

Do Solar Electric Systems Make Financial Sense?

The cost of solar panels has plummeted, as the price of electricity continues to rise. By investing in a solar energy system, you lock in a fixed cost of electricity. Most of the solar systems we install pay for themselves in the savings in seven to ten years and are designed to last for three decades!

Will A Solar System Increase My Home Value?

Yes, many studies show that solar energy systems increase home values. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, for every $1 your utility costs are reduced by renewable energy, there is a $20 increase in the value of your home. For example if your electricity bill is $1,200 yearly your home equity will increase by $24,000!

Why Should I Buy From Sundog Solar?
  1. Small business service. We are family owned by Chuck and Danny Piper. You get the personal service of a small business combined with the expertise of seasoned solar experts.
  2. Excellent customer service. We have the highest quality products in the industry, the most experienced installers, and offer free phone consultations. The Sundog Solar team handles everything from applying for necessary permits to making the final connection. All of our work is 100% satisfaction guaranteed, and we are committed that you are delighted from start to finish with your solar installation.
Who Will Install My New Solar Energy System?

Sundog Solar has a team of fully qualified solar energy experts, including licensed electricians and NABCEP (North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners) licensed installers. Every installation meets or exceeds guidelines set by the National Electric Code and is 100% satisfaction guaranteed. We stand behind our work with excellent warranties.

Sundog Solar – Maine’s Home Solar Power Experts

The Sundog Solar team has is skilled in designing and installing solar energy systems throughout Central, Southern, and Coastal Maine. With years of experience installing solar energy systems and heat pumps, Sundog Solar has earned a reputation for quality customer service and workmanship on every job.

Sundog Solar is dedicated to helping families Yarmouth, Freeport, Augusta, Bangor, Bar Harbor, Machias, and beyond slash their electricity bills and benefit our environment. Our team of solar experts uses innovative solar panels and equipment with generous warranties from LG, Solaria, SMA, Schneider Electric, Pika Energy, and SolarEdge.