Eliminate your electric bill by installing a solar panel power system.

Modernize Power is your go to for turnkey installations of residential and commercial solar panel systems. Depending on the plan you choose, you may be able to eliminate your electric bill entirely at no upfront cost to you. Protect your power from utility power outages by combining your solar system with a backup battery or automatic standby generator. Contact us for a free consultation and site inspection.
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How Does a Solar Panel System Work?

Solar panel system basics

Net Energy Metering

The biggest reason to install solar is to eliminate , or drastically reduce, your electric bill. So how are we able to achieve this if solar only produces power during the day? It all starts with the initial site inspection and energy analysis. We determine your annual energy needs and design a system that can produce enough excess energy during the daytime to offset your day and night electrical consumption needs. But wait, where does that excess power go? Until recently, battery storage wasn't a viable option to store the excess power production, so the utilities offered a process of tracking your annual solar power production called Net Energy Metering (NEM). This process acted like a quasi-battery by allowing for excess power to be fed back to the grid, literally spinning your meter backwards, and storing energy credits, not the actual energy itself. With NEM in place, when you use electricity from the grid at night or during winter months when there is less sun, rather than a traditional charge on your bill the utility offsets the cost with your stored energy credit. The goal for most homeowners and businesses is to design a system for which you produce just as much solar power as needed and at the end of a 12 month cycle you have consumed all your energy credits. No more, no less.

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) System Components

There are 2 main components to a solar PV system which includes solar panels and an inverter. With so many different brands and technologies available today how do you choose what's best for you? The answer is step 1 in the "How to get started" section below. Schedule a free site inspection and energy analysis to determine your exact needs. There is no one size fits all solution, every project has site specific conditions which may call for one product over another.

Solar Panels

For solar panels we look at things like wattage per square inch, cell type, degradation rate, and warranty. Do you have minimal roof space limiting the number of panels that can be installed, in which case this scenario may call for a higher wattage panel, over say a ground mounted system with no space limitations where a lower wattage panel may be the right solution. A general rule of thumb is the higher the wattage panel the more expensive it is. There are of course exceptions, but with that said,  the cost of solar having come down so drastically in the past several years the price gap between premium high efficiency solar panels and standard panels has narrowed considerably making them affordable to most homeowners and businesses.

Inverters

Solar panels create DC energy from the sun, but homes and businesses use AC electricity. This is where the inverter comes in. The inverter converts the DC energy into usable AC electricity. There are 3 main types of inverters which are string inverters, micro-inverters, and a hybrid inverter system that uses power optimizers. As with anything, there are pros and cons for each. At Modernize Power we typically install either the hybrid inverter with optimizers or the micro-inverters, but again this depends on site specific conditions or customer preference.

Let us customize the perfect solution for your home or business, schedule a free estimate today!

Solar is Simple!

There are 3 ways to go solar.

Solar PPA
The Solar PPA (Power Purchase Agreement) is a no-brainer for those who want to go solar with zero investment. The solar provider pays for 100% of the material and installation costs, as well as, maintains, insures, and monitors your system for up to 25 years. You simply pay a low discounted fixed rate for your electricity and save from day one. It's as easy as switching cell phone providers.
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Solar Loan
For those that prefer ownership you can take advantage of a solar loan. These loans are specifically designed for solar. The monthly payment is less than what you pay now to the utility showing immediate savings. Similar to an auto loan, once you make all required payments you own the system free and clear. We handle the financing for you.
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Cash Purchase
For those able to make an upfront investment and purchase the system outright, the savings from eliminating your electric bill make for a relatively short pay back period of 4-6 years, depending on site specific variables. Most solar systems can be purchased with a 25 year warranty including monitorning.
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How to get started.

DESIGN CONSULTATION
Let our experts help you determine if your home or business is a good candidate for solar. We perform a free energy analysis and show you what the panels will look like when installed.  Once we have a design that works we will review with you the three ways to go solar to see which is best for you.
ENGINEERING - PERMITS - INSTALLATION
Our project managers oversee the project from start to finish. We handle everything from engineering designs, obtaining building permits, working with HOA's, installation, scheduling inspections, and utility paperwork.
MONITOR SYSTEM PERFOMANCE
In no time you will be powering your home or business with the sun. Once your system is turned on it is monitored by the inverter manufacturer and you will have real time online access to see how your system is performing.
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Solar Installation Photos.

Every job is unique. Take a look at some of our recent installations of roof mounted solar and ground mounted solar.

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Happy Customers

"Always on time, kept me informed. Workers...

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...were very competent and friendly. Overall everything went as I was hoping it would. I would definitely recommend this company if you are considering solar.

Daniel Barnes
Granite Bay, CA
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...most outstanding construction team we've ever dealt with. They're smart, knowledgeable, reliable and responsive. The process of contracting, permitting, financing, and installation was quick. Installation and cleanup was completed in 2 days. Follow up for testing took place the same week. And they are really good guys that are pleasant to work with. They were like family and there were no surprises. We're happy to be references anytime. They do what they say they will do!

Dennis Purpura
Serrano Community
“Eric did an amazing job explaining everything...

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...to us about the solar panel process.  We are thrilled with the performance we are receiving from our 18 panels. The installation went smoothly and everyone we dealt with was completely professional.  We were comparing prices with 3 other companies and we were able to get the most bang for our buck with Modernize!

Dianne Schoonover
Fairfield, CA

Recent Solar and Generator Installation

El Dorado Hills, CA - Serrano.

Like many homeowners today, where one or both spouses work from home and the kids are taking their classes online, they cannot afford to be without power and miss work or school. Consequently, the increased time at home added to an already sky high electric bill. To alleviate both concerns Modernize Power installed a solar system and an automatic backup power generator.

“Goodbye PG&E!”

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