Mission Solar Electric is a California Licensed Electrical Contractor (C-10 #905059) that specializes in Solar Electric Installations. The company is locally owned and operated by James Pinon who has been in the Solar Industry since 2003. Mission Solar Electric has installed hundreds of quality systems all over San Diego County totaling over 2 Megawatts since 2007. Because of high demand and limited resources, Mission Solar Electric is NOT currently bidding NEW Solar Electric System Installations. We are still servicing and retrofitting existing Systems installed by Mission Solar Electric, including Battery Retrofits. As resources allow, we do repair and retrofits on Systems not originally installed by Mission Solar Electric.
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Solar is a long term investment so any company that does new installations should guarantee the system for at least 10 years which is also the industry standard. Mission Solar Electric has been in business for 15 years and fulfilled many 10 year warranties. But as a small company, Mission Solar Electric is coming to terms with its limitations. We are conscious that we may not be around indefinitely and do not want to leave any warranties unfulfilled like many other Solar installation companies.
Mission Solar Electric has worked with a few General Contractors for years and will install new Solar Electric installations for their clients if requested. The idea is the General Contractor functions as an additional guarantee to make sure the warranty is fulfilled.
The market has changed over the 15 years we have been in business and will continue to do so. In the thousands of Solar Modules we have installed, the top 5 by volume has been Kyocera, LG, QCELLS, Solarworld, and Axitec. Three of those top 5 have left the US market. Currently we are mostly installing QCELLS.
For residential roof mount systems, the two big players are Enphase Microinverters and SolarEdge DC Optimizer. These systems both comply with current National Electric Code "Rapid Shutdown" requirements and also allow individual Solar Module Optimization and Monitoring. SMA also deserves credit for being a very reliable Inverter supplier to the US market for 20 years.
It depends. Mission Solar Electric is comfortable with both systems and will explain the pros and cons of each system. Generally, we believe if you want to do add a Solar Battery, SolarEdge is a better solution but for systems without Battery, Enphase Microinverters are a better solution.
Lithium Ion based Solar Batteries are an exciting product. They allow Emergency Power Backup and Rate Arbitrage. The downside is cost and the equipment has a much larger physical footprint. Adding a 10 kWh Solar Battery can easily add $15,000 to the cost of the project. This includes not just the Battery itself but support equipment and the significant electrical work typically needed. Customers are also surprised by the size of the equipment and the space they need to give up. For a system without batteries, almost all equipment is on roof.
Tesla Powerwalls can only be purchased through Tesla or an Authorized Dealer. Mission Solar Electric is not an Authorized Dealer and cannot install Powerwalls.
Generally, for new installations, we recommend the SolarEdge Energy Hub System with LG Prime Battery. We think this is the best most cost effective solution. For retrofits, it will depend on existing system. If you are an existing Enphase system, it is best to install their IQ Battery that should pair seamlessly with the existing system. If you are an existing SolarEdge system, probably go with the SolarEdge Energy Hub System with LG Prime Battery although you will be surprised you may need to replace your existing Inverter. If you have something else, it may be time to do a complete SolarEdge or Enphase upgrade or even the Tesla Powerwall may be the best solution. There are a lot of factors in the above summary.
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