Applications and Uses

Residential Systems

Most residential renewable energy (RE) electric systems will fall into the 5-20 kilowatt (one kW=1000 watts) size range and be grid connected. Residential systems can offset up to 100% of the electricity that is currently purchased from the local utility company. Many states' net metering and funding programs will make a residential installation very practical. It may also make sense to size a system to allow for cost shifting some non-electric appliances over to the renewable energy power source to eliminate or reduce other existing utility bills. An example of this would be to change a gas dryer to electric which can be produced by the RE system, thereby reducing or eliminating the gas utility bill.