Solar power generation is becoming more and more common in communities across America. In our service areas, there are currently more than 300 LCEC customers using photovoltaic (PV) systems to generate power and interconnect with the LCEC power grid.
PV modules produce electric current, which is converted for home or business use. When interconnected with LCEC power lines and net metered, electricity can flow into the home or business or onto the grid.
About Solar Systems That Produce Electricity
A solar photovoltaic system is a type of renewable generation system (RGS) where a consumer installs solar panels and related equipment that allow power to be harnessed from the sun to produce electric power for the home or business.
Solar Power May Result in Credit
When energy usage is low and excess energy is generated and flowing back to the grid, customers can receive a credit from LCEC. At night, or on cloudy days, energy is provided to the customer through the LCEC power grid.
Calculate Solar System Costs
The cost of solar PV systems may range between $12,000 and $24,000, with a payback period that can range anywhere from 10 to 20 years based on a variety of factors and conditions. There are online calculators to help you estimate pricing and to get bids from reputable installers.
Solar systems typically have a life expectancy of 30 years, and most manufacturers offer 20- to 25-year warranties for the photovoltaic panels.
it is important to note that there are specific safety and metering requirements for interconnection, so be sue to get the information you need from reliable sources. LCEC net metering guidelines are also available.
Solar Systems Output
Output of solar systems is based on many variables, including but not limited to installed capacity, weather patterns, usage and habits. The most benefit will be seen during the fall and spring when temperatures are cooler, air-conditioning usage is lower and cloud cover is less.
LCEC is here to answer any question you may have about solar power as it relates to the eclectic utility. Give us a call at (239) 656-2972 for more information.