OUR SOLAR EQUIPMENT
Looking at Solar Equipment? We’ve installed it all.
We are a solar installation company, and that’s it. Our master electricians, apprentices, engineers, technicians, and NABCEP certified installers only work with and focus on solar products. With over 2800 solar systems installed, we have worked with nearly every type of panel and component in the industry. We don’t pick our components based on white-papers and datasheets, we only recommend solar equipment based on real solar systems, making real electricity for real customers.
As a selected installer for 17 community Solarize campaigns and 10 national partners, you could say we know a thing or two about solar equipment.
Warranties? We’ve got you covered.
All Apex Solar installations have a 10-year workmanship warranty, in addition to the 25-year panel production warranties that all of our solar panels carry. This means that you’re covered, and can focus on the benefits your system provides instead of worrying about when it might break down. Solar PV technology has been around since 1839, way back when the photovoltaic effect was first observed.
An Apex Solar system is super durable, extremely reliable, and we’ve picked our preferred equipment because it is the best stuff out there. Below is some information about our favorite equipment partners.
If you are someone that wants the best solar panel manufactured to the highest standards, LG’s premium panel offerings are a perfect fit. With industry-leading efficiencies and energy output, LGs solar panel products are an excellent way to maximize the power your roof or ground mount can produce.
All of LG’s modules are produced in their own independent production facilities. This controlled environment allows for tighter production standards, resulting in higher power yields for the solar panels produced. As a global, financially strong company, LG is here to stay. The strength and stability of LG means that support will always be available, today, and into the future.
LG offers a 25-year linear warranty, a 12-year product guarantee.
Trina is the largest manufacturer of solar panels on the planet, and has been voted the most bankable solar panel manufacturer in the world by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, and the most sustainably produced solar panels on the planet by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition in 2014 with a score of 92 (SolarWorld scored a 73 by comparison). Some people will say “If it’s not made in the USA, then No Way!” and we are happy to install American-made Solar World or Stion panels for our customers too. However, it may be worth considering that the computer/phone/tablet/TV you’re viewing this on certainly was not made in the USA. Even most of the parts of “All American” Ford Vehicles don’t come from the US! We strive to provide the best solar products available to our customers, and we have experience installing all of the leading manufacturers. We could choose any company to recommend as our standard offering, and we have chosen Trina.
Trina is a 100% vertically integrated company, from the raw ingots of material to the final product, everything is controlled and maintained to the highest standards. Would you expect anything less from the world’s leading panel manufacturer?
The Inverter is really the critical component of any solar system. Solar panels have no moving parts, and are a very simple, durable, and reliable technology. The inverter however, is the piece that is doing all the work, changing the Direct Current (DC) Electricity to Alternating Current (AC) Electricity that is used in your home and on the grid.
Inverter Technology started out with string inverters. These units tie all the panels together in series, and work very well in unshaded, unobstructed solar arrays. Inverters are easily serviced, as they are off the roof in an easily accessible place. String Inverters typically have a 12-year warranty.
Next, inverters got smaller, and became microinverters. Microinverters put a small inverter on the back of every panel, making the array produce more electricity in partial sunlight. They work well, however the reliability has come into question. Inverters are the most sensitive component of the solar system, and the capacitors that convert the DC electricity to AC electricity work best at cooler temperatures. The solar panels are the hottest point of the system and as a result, high failure rates have been occurring, causing messy product recalls that require an installation crew to remove panels to access the bad parts.
The Future is Now
This brings us to Solar Edge Optimizers. They achieve the benefits of shading and super high production capabilities of a microinverter, with the ease of service of a string inverter, with a higher reliability than both! Optimizers are fully DC components, and they make the solar panels produce electricity independent of one another. Think about Christmas lights, if one goes out, the rest all stay on.
Because they do not perform the DC to AC conversion on the roof, there are no heat sensitive capacitors on the backs of the panels, and the inverter is located in an easily accessible place should the need arise.
Optimizers mean better production, with better reliability, and panel-level production monitoring is included, AND the entire system can be warrantied for 25 years. Solar Edge has a product that just makes more sense, and we have seen fewer problems with our Solar Edge systems than we have with any other inverter system on the market. If you’re still not sure about optimizers, check out the stock price of Enphase, NASDAQ:ENPH, and Solar Edge NASDAQ: SEDG)
And one more thing: Battery storage is coming, it’s going to be the next big development for residential solar technology. Solar Edge designed their system in conjunction with Tesla and the Powerwall. Home solar battery storage is a simple plug and play integration. With microinverters, you will need to buy more components and suffer more electrical losses as the power goes from DC at the panels, to AC at the microinveter, BACK to DC to charge the batteries, and then BACK to AC for your home. With Solar Edge, it goes from DC on the roof directly to the battery system. The AC conversion only happens once, it’s simple and uncomplicated.
Ultimately, the choice is yours
We can give our recommendations, consult with you about why and talk all about our experience. In the end however, we will install the equipment that you prefer to have on your home. Solar World panels, LG 320 watt super high efficiency panels, even Enphase microinverters.
Interested in finding out more? You’ve got nothing to lose and cost-saving clean energy to gain. It all starts with a free consultation.