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Off-Grid vs. Grid-Tied: Which is Right for You?

  • Posted on 04/19/2018
  • Filed under: Off-Grid

Transitioning to solar power can be a daunting task. Wading through the wide range of options, terminology, and technologies can seem insurmountable – but it doesn’t have to be that way. Today, we’ll cover one of the most important decision you will face: off-grid, hybrid, or grid-tied systems. Each system has its own pros and […]

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Solar Power & HOAs in Colorado

*Note: We’re not lawyers. And nothing in this article should be construed as legal advice. If you are in a fight with your HOA, we recommend getting advice from a real lawyer. Homeowner’s Associates (HOA’s) in Colorado are often very restrictive on what you can and cannot do with your property. Regulations run from the […]

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A Brief History of Solar Energy

While solar energy has exploded in popularity and availability in the last two decades, it has a long history. Humans have been harnessing the power of the sun for thousands of years, and even the modern idea of solar-generated electricity dates back to 1839. We’re excited about both the past and the future of solar […]

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Going Green: The Environmental Impact of Coal-Burning Power Plants

Coal has been an integral part of the growth of American industry, but the last few decades have revealed the environmental impact of our reliance on coal. While coal-burning power plants are on the decline, there are still roughly 600 power plants providing 25% of our electric generating capacity. At Mountain Power Solutions, we understand […]

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The Solar Impulse II: a Fully Solar Powered Aircraft

In 2016 the Solar Impulse 2, a solar-powered aircraft completed a circumnavigation of the globe. Mountain Power Solution isn’t going to build you a solar-powered aircraft the size of a Boeing 747, but we think this is too cool to pass up. The Solar Impulse project was started in Switzerland by Andre Borschberg and Bertrand […]

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Going Off-Grid: Home Energy Saving Tips

Committing to living off the grid requires a serious look at your energy consumption. Even with improvements in energy efficiency, the explosion of consumer electronics has led to more and more devices drawing power in the average home. That is easy to forget when you are tied directly to the power grid. But it’s a […]

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What is Off-Grid Solar?

  • Posted on 03/08/2018
  • Filed under: Off-Grid

Solar power has experienced explosive growth over the past decade. Advances in technology, coupled with decreases in prices, have make solar achievable for a wide range of homes. All across the country, especially in sunny climates like Colorado, solar panels are dotting rooftops and empty spaces. But the vast majority of those systems are directly […]

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Inverter Bypass Switch Assembly

  • Posted on 05/28/2017
  • Filed under: Technical

Inverter bypass switch assemblies are used to bypass the inverter in case of inverter failure or maintenance. It allows to quickly power loads directly from a generator (or grid) by flipping switches as opposed to rewiring the system. We recommend them on all but the smallest off-grid systems. Bypass switches come in two forms, isolated […]

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Mesa Land Trust Partnership

At the suggestion of one of our recent clients, we attended a Mesa Land Trust outreach luncheon where we learned about what the land trust does https://mesalandtrust.org/. We were impressed to learn how much of a role the Land Trust has had in shaping how the Grand Valley and surrounding areas has developed. They take […]

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R5 Highschool Greenhouse Project

We recently teamed up with R5 high school (http://r5.mesa.k12.co.us/) on a solar project to give power to their greenhouse. They are amidst building a greenhouse to give some of the students a job and some cash flow.  Here is an article about the project http://kool1079.com/r5-student-garden-project/  It was amazing to see that many high school students […]

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