Using Solar Panels with Battery Backup

Getting energy from the sun is great under most circumstances. But because most solar systems are “grid tied” these days, people who have solar panels without battery backup are subject to power outages just like everyone else. If you live in an area that experiences frequent power outages but want to keep your connection to [...]

By |2013-08-25T13:46:32+00:00August 25th, 2013|Comments Off on Using Solar Panels with Battery Backup

Oak Electric is a Member of Michigan GREEN

As one of southeast Michigan’s leading renewable energy contractors, Oak Electric is proud to be a member of Michigan GREEN—The Michigan Group for a Renewable Energy Efficient Nation. Michigan GREEN is a non-profit group that consists of energy companies and consultants, government agencies, schools, colleges, universities and like-minded individuals that have joined forces to champion [...]

By |2013-06-08T22:32:47+00:00June 8th, 2013|Comments Off on Oak Electric is a Member of Michigan GREEN

Worldwide Solar Power Reaches 100 GW Milestone in 2012

As of the end of 2012, the total grid-connected solar PV capacity worldwide reached 100 gigawatts, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA). Last year, eight countries added one gigawatt (or more) of PV capacity, and now 13 countries have exceeded one gigawatt of cumulative installations. Almost 17 GW was installed in Europe alone [...]

By |2013-04-15T18:23:43+00:00April 15th, 2013|0 Comments

Residential Wind Power Systems

If you have enough wind resource in your area and the situation is right, small wind electric systems can be one of the most cost-effective home-based renewable energy systems, with zero emissions and pollution. Small wind electric systems can: Lower electricity bills by 50%–90% Help avoid the high costs of having utility power lines extended [...]

By |2013-03-25T23:52:24+00:00March 25th, 2013|0 Comments

Oak Electric is a NABCEP Certified PV Installer

Solar photovoltaic technology is becoming increasingly attractive as a clean, affordable, safe and inexhaustible source of electricity. It also can significantly reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and our dependence on the grid. Solar panels have dropped in price by 80 percent in the past five years. In 20 states, these systems are providing electricity [...]

By |2013-02-22T19:23:03+00:00February 22nd, 2013|0 Comments

Thank You for Being an Oak Electric Customer

Well, 2012 is almost behind us and as we look back on the year, we feel compelled to extend a warm “thank you” to all of the residential and commercial customers who chose Oak Electric as their electrical services provider this past year. Locally owned and operated, Oak Electric serves metro Detroit and all of [...]

By |2012-12-22T15:47:25+00:00December 22nd, 2012|0 Comments

Use of Solar Panel Systems Is On the Rise

The implementation of small renewable energy systems continues to rise, with distributed solar photovoltaic (PV) systems leading the way. The distributed solar PV market is dominated by residential and commercial grid-connected PV systems as the installed price of solar energy continues to fall and end-user demand rises. Innovative financing and leasing options and third-party and [...]

By |2012-11-15T18:06:40+00:00November 15th, 2012|0 Comments

Are Solar Panels Effective in Cold Weather?

With winter approaching, you may be inclined to put off installing solar panels for your home or business because you think the snow and cold will affect your solar panel system. The average temperature in a climate region does not have an effect on solar panels. In fact, solar panels are actually slightly more efficient [...]

By |2012-10-22T13:12:52+00:00October 22nd, 2012|0 Comments

Green Energy on the Rise in U.S.

Contrary to reports in the media, data from the Energy Information Agency supports the fact that the percentage of our electricity in the U.S. coming from green sources has doubled in just four years to nearly six percent. The green sources include non-hydroelectric renewables such as solar, wind, geothermal and biomass. The renewable energy industry [...]

By |2012-10-08T12:37:50+00:00October 8th, 2012|0 Comments

Central Michigan Wind Park Now Up and Running

In June, DTE Energy announced the completion of construction and the start of full commercial operations for the Gratiot County Wind Project. The wind park is a 212.8-megawatt (MW) project featuring 133 1.6-MW GE wind turbines.  It generates enough renewable energy to power more than 50,000 Michigan homes. The wind park, located on approximately 30,000 [...]

By |2012-09-05T16:09:58+00:00September 5th, 2012|0 Comments