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Residential Solar
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Residential Solar
beautiful home in Colorado with solar panels
glimmering solar panels on roof of modern home with stone walled terraces
solar panels on south facing side of roof
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Residential Solar

Discover Truly independent Power

For the past 20 years, IPS has been helping homeowners upgrade their homes with solar and batteries. Our clients want the best of the best, so we strive to deliver premium products from the highest performing team of installers and engineers.

Whether you want to be more sustainable, make a difference in your community, invest in a more resilient smart home, or just simply save money on your electric bill, we’ll treat your home like our own from the design phase to the last day of installation.

SunPower: A total Eclipse of conventional solar

Why Take your home solar?

As SunPower Elite Dealers with Gold Tier pricing, we are able to offer the best solar available at the most competitive pricing. For more than 30 years, SunPower has been the leader in solar panel manufacturing and pushing the boundaries of efficiency. Because of this, SunPower solar panels deliver more energy over time than other types of solar panels. In fact, SunPower panels produce up to 60% more energy from the same space over 25 years than conventional panels. With the industry’s best 25-year warranty, SunPower stands behind its products and builds them to last with high quality, recyclable materials that have sustainability in mind.

SunPower: A total Eclipse of conventional solar

Why Take your home solar?

As SunPower Elite Dealers with Gold Tier pricing, we are able to offer the best solar available at the most competitive pricing. For more than 30 years, SunPower has been the leader in solar panel manufacturing and pushing the boundaries of efficiency. Because of this, SunPower solar panels deliver more energy over time than other types of solar panels. In fact, SunPower panels produce up to 60% more energy from the same space over 25 years than conventional panels. With the industry’s best 25-year warranty, SunPower stands behind its products and builds them to last with high quality, recyclable materials that have sustainability in mind.

Going solar 101

How Solar Works

Sunlight

The sun streams millions of tiny bits of energy called photons toward Earth every single day in the form of sunlight.

 

Absorb

When the sun’s rays hit your solar panels, the semiconducting material inside absorbs the photons.

 

Invert

Energy from the photons forces electrons out of the panels as direct current (DC) electricity carries that DC electricity to an inverter.

Transform

Before the power can be used, the inverter needs to transform the DC electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity.

 

Power

AC electricity, generated from renewable energy, runs from the electrical panel to all the outlets throughout your building.

 

Collect

When your system produces excess electricity, it gets fed into the grid (and you can get a credit).

Net Metering

How is my electricity free?

Through net-metering, the unused solar energy that your system produces can be sold back to the grid at a rate set by your utility.

Your grid-tied solar-powered home has two meters – a net meter and production meter. When your system is producing more energy than you need, it flows backwards to the grid through the net meter and credits your account. At night time or during times of low peak sun hours when your system is not producing as much as usual, you’ll need to pull energy from the grid which is paid for with your credits that you have built up over time.

In the summer months, your system will produce more energy than you will use because the peak sun hours are at their highest. At this time, your system will be selling excess energy back to the grid.

In the winter months, your system will likely be producing less energy than you need because the peak sun hours are at their lowest. At this time, your system will be buying energy from the grid using your net-metering credits.

On a yearly basis, because your system operates based on credits and debits as you under-produce and over-produce, your utility bill will level out to equal zero.

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Residential eGauge

Energy Monitoring Systems

Homes and businesses with eGauge energy monitoring are protecting their renewable energy investments by monitoring for equipment issues, reducing unnecessary energy costs, and optimizing their energy production. In real time, you can track your solar system’s production and the consumption from your home or business. By monitoring your loads, you can identify if certain equipment or electronics are using more energy than you’d like without your knowledge.

Next Steps

Utility Bills

To customize a solar system that best fits your needs, we will use the last 12 months of your utility bills to size your system.

Site Assessment

During your solar consultation, you will work with our solar experts to find solutions that best fit your needs and goals. We will customize your ideal system and give you a quote.

Project Design

Our designs and installations are done in-house by our engineers, licensed electricians, and certified installers, and each comes with their own industry-leading warranty as proof of our confidence in our services and products.

Schedule

Our project coordinators will put you on our schedule and communicate with you every step of the way.

Permitting

At this stage, we work directly with your local jurisdiction to ensure that all design, permitting, and installation considerations have been addressed.

Installation

Today is the day! Our IPS installers and electricians mount your equipment with attention to detail, making sure the system is aesthetically pleasing.

Inspection

Once your local inspectors ensure that your system was installed to code, your utility will come out and interconnect your system to the grid. At this time, you will receive a folder from us detailing every aspect of your system.

Your system is up and running and generating clean, renewable electricity for your home. With superior components like SunPower’s high-efficiency solar modules on your roof, you can look forward to energy security for decades. Most systems maintain their performance well over thirty years, but we’re confident enough in our work to offer an industry-leading, 10-year workmanship warranty for added peace of mind.

F.A.Q.

General Questions

How many panels do I need?

Great question! During the initial consultation, your IPS Solar Consultant will ask you for a copy of your utility bills for the past twelve months to determine your annual energy usage. With this information we’re able to design a system with the appropriate number of panels to fit your needs and energy goals. Looking to add an electric vehicle or a hot tub in the near future? Let us know so we know to design your system accordingly!

Will Solar panels make my roof leak?

For every installation, our team will flash and seal all roof penetrations and rafters. We’re so confident that our team will not cause any leaks by putting solar on your roof, that IPS offers an industry leading 10-year workmanship warranty.

What if I want to make my system bigger later?

You sure can! However, we highly recommend you consider any and all potential future changes to your energy usage before going solar and allowing us to oversize your system accordingly. This is the most efficient and cost-effective path, as it will require additional permitting from your utility and cost you more in the long run to add on later.

What about batteries?

If you want to go off-grid, then absolutely! If you want to stay tied to the grid, then most likely! Your Solar Consultant will run through this option with you to go over the advantages and determine if it fits your needs. The benefit of batteries is that it adds ‘insurance’ to your solar system in two ways: 1) Electricity insurance: batteries can act to reduce the amount of energy that you pull from the grid when the sun isn’t shining or when you need more energy than you are able to produce. As a result, your batteries will be your insurance against power loss and disruption. 2) Insurance against your utility: electrical utilities change their rate structures and policies an average of 5-7 times over the lifetime of an average customer’s solar system. These changes demonstrate the risk of your utility changing the rate (or price) at which you are allowed to sell solar energy that you produce back to them OR introducing a demand charge that would effectively add an extra fee to your bill for any electricity you pull from the grid at a time of peak grid demand.

Utilities across the country have made changes like this that change the way solar works. But not all hope is lost! A battery that is grid-tied can offer solutions. Check out our battery page or give us a call to learn how.

Why is IPS more expensive than my other quotes?

We use SunPower panels – the most efficient and long-lasting solar panels commercially available with the longest product and performance warranty on the market. Because these panels are so efficient and long-lasting, they’re usually priced on the higher end, but are going to pencil out to be less expensive in the long run because of the cost of replacement and degradation if you went anywhere else.

What will my bill look like after going solar?

The biggest reason folks go solar is to reduce or eliminate their electricity bills. Most utilities allow you to do this through net-metering, which tracks the amount of energy that your solar system produces and sells back to the utility while also tracking how much you are buying from them when the sun isn’t shining.

What about hail and snow?

Fun fact – contrary to popular belief, panels have the potential to produce more energy than they’re even rated for when it snows because of the way that snow refracts light, also known as Snell’s Law. However, when your panels are covered in snow, they are obviously hidden from the sun and are not able to produce energy. At this time, your system will pull energy from the grid or your batteries to meet your needs. If pulling from the grid, the amount you use will be paid for by credits you have built up through net-metering. No big deal!

Additionally, our installations are built to withstand 160 mph hurricane wind speeds and golf ball-sized hail. If all else fails, your homeowner’s insurance will cover the removal and replacement of any damaged panels.

Will my HOA allow solar panels?

There are two things HOA’s are not allowed to say ‘no’ to: American flags and solar panels!

Emily and David Takahashi standing in front of their solar
System Specs:
SunPower X360 modules; 10.4 kW system

BlueIon Blue Planet batteries, 32 kWh

Outback Radian GS8048 inverter

FM100 charge controllers

Estimated Annual Production: 7,708 kWh
- David Takahashi, IPS Customer
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“We’re eager to share our home as an example of how homeowners can live entirely comfortably while being more energy efficient and fossil fuel-free. We want to show how this can be done in steps - by taking advantage of available energy efficiency programs and rebates, it is affordable.”

The Blue Ion batteries are the key to this system being off-grid capable and resilient in the event of an outage. To maximize production and efficiency, the power system utilizes the Outback Radian GS8048 inverter, two FM100 charge controllers, and Tigo optimizers on every solar panel. The system is expected to provide close to 100% of the Takahashi’s daily energy needs, with surplus in the summer months and an occasional energy deficit mid-winter if the solar panels are snow-covered for an extended period of time. In this case, grid power will be used as necessary, but will not be used to charge the battery.

David says he looks forward to the next power outage when every house on his street is dark, “and there will be ours, lit up and fully functioning!”

Carbon neutral home, Boulder, CO
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David & Emily Takahashi - SunPower solar system, Boulder, CO
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Residential Spotlight
Emily and David Takahashi are committed to sustainability. In 2017, the couple was featured in the 2017 Boulder Green Home Tour for their efforts to retrofit their 60-year-old, 900 square foot home for energy efficiency. By taking steps to reduce their overall energy consumption, installing triple pane low-E windows, insulating their ceiling, and eliminating their gas line, they were able to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 80%.
By hiring Independent Power Systems to design and install a solar-plus-storage off-grid-capable system, the Takahashi’s now have the power to discontinue their use of grid power. The 10.4 kW system is equipped with 29 SunPower X360 modules to power the home. Solar energy not immediately consumed by the home is stored in a 32 kWh Blue Ion battery bank for use at night, during inclement weather, and any time the solar panels are not producing enough energy to keep up with the load of the home. When the Blue Ion batteries are full, excess energy will flow to the grid, earning the Takahashi’s Renewable Energy Credits and providing their neighbors with clean energy.
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sonnen ecoLinx
Powering Your Smart Home
Whether you have a brand new system or one that's seen its share of sunshine, the sonnen ecoLinx energy storage solution integrates to give you the ultimate clean energy smart home. Learn more about ecoLinx and its ability to maximize your household solar consumption by watching sonnen's video.
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Energy Storage

Energy security when you need it most

Blue Ion 2.0

Blue Ion is the leader in off-grid lithium ion battery solutions. We only choose to work with products that we would install in our own homes, so you can be confident that with Blue Ion you’re investing in one of the safest battery chemistries, longest-lasting hardware, and most robust battery technologies available on the market.

Sonnen

sonnen is the leading grid-tied battery solution that will transform your house into a smart home by storing energy your solar system produces during the day for you to use at night or when the grid goes down. By monitoring and managing your usage and production, sonnen ensures that you’re getting the most out of your solar system.

Sun Xtender AGM

Sun Xtender is our go-to, tried and true AGM lead acid battery appropriate for both grid-tied and off-grid applications. It’s a long-lasting no-frills solution that can do anything from run our forklift in the shop to taking your house off the grid.

Building the Future

One System at a Time

Day in and day out we deliver the products and services we would want in our own homes to our clients and customers to help solve their energy challenges. We do this by choosing only the best, safest, and most long-lasting products available to design a system that will continue to perform year after year.