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Off-grid: Going "off-grid" is a system and lifestyle designed to help people function without the support of remote infrastructure, such as an electrical grid. In electricity, off-grid can be stand-alone power system to provide a business, home or small community with electricity.

Net-metering: Net-metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid, that they have not used. For example, a residential customer's system may generate more electricity than they use during daylight hours. 

AC, Alternating Current: A type of electrical current, the direction of which is reversed at regular intervals or cycles. In the United States, the standard is 120 reversals or 60 cycles per second. Electricity transmission networks use AC because voltage can be controlled with relative ease.

Photovoltaic (PV) cell/Solar Cell: — The smallest semiconductor element within a PV module to perform the immediate conversion of light into electrical energy.

How much will it cost me?

All solar energy systems are custom designed to meet the needs of your property and energy goals. We encourage you to call for your personalized quote, whether commercial or residential. Try our our ballpark estimator here to get an idea. There is financing available, as well as tax credits

Is there financing available?

Yes! There is financing available through many different sources. Click here for more information.

What are solar tax credits?

The federal solar tax credit, also known as the investment tax credit (ITC), allows you to deduct 30 percent of the cost of installing a solar energy system from your federal taxes. The ITC applies to both residential and commercial systems, and there is no cap on its value. For more information, visit:  

What are Michigan Energy credits?

Financial incentives of larger installations and those by the commercial and industrial sectors include state property tax exemptions, business tax credits and payroll tax credits.

What is a Solar Inverter? 

A solar inverter, or converter or PV inverter, converts the variable direct current (DC) output of a photovoltaic (PV) solar panel into a utility frequency alternating current (AC) that can be fed into a commercial electrical grid or used by a local, off-grid electrical network. To learn more, click here.

Do I need a Solar Inverter? 

You only require an inverter if you need to convert DC battery power to AC household power. We can help you make that determination.

What is the installation process? 

See infographic below.

When can my system be installed and how long does installation take? 

Because each system is custom-designed, the length of the project is determined by the scale and timeline.

CBS Solar Installation Process
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