Home solar Panels

We know that technology plays a fundamental role in your lifestyle — from the vehicle driving to the entertainment systems that maximize each experience.

 

Make your home the greatest reflection of this passion for innovation, with the most modern energy solutions that live sky puts at your disposal.

 

With our solar panel system tailored to your needs, you can turn your home into an example of sustainability, which will allow you to have more control of energy consumption in an easy and effective way.

 

By having a clean energy source on your own roof, you will be positively contributing to the environment and with the goal of reducing the country's carbon footprint. In addition, the initial investment recovers quickly thanks to the savings that is obtained month by month on the electrical invoice.

 

Join this global movement of change and begin to transform your home with green technology. You and your family will receive the benefits immediately, while our team of experts takes care of the whole process with order and accuracy.

 

What you should know before installing a Solar roof

1. How a live Sky solar panel system works?

The term "solar panels" is popularly used to refer to devices that capture the energy of solar radiation for its use. Here we group the solar thermal collectors, which are used to produce domestic hot water, and photovoltaic solar panels, which serve to generate electricity.

 

In the sky we specialize in photovoltaic solar panels, that is to say, we install the necessary systems to transform the solar irradiation into direct current energy.

 

Para poder utilizar esa energía hay que convertirla en corriente alterna, que es  la q ue usan las viviendas. Dicho objetivo se logra a través de un inversor.

 

To be able to use that energy you have to convert it into alternating current, which is the Q UE use the houses. This objective is achieved through an investor.

 

The homeowner has the option to take control of the energy that is produced through a monitoring system, and see it on the mobile phone or a computer with Internet. So, you can not only learn how much energy you produced in the day, but also share information with friends and family.

 

In summary, never as today has been so easy to verify in real time and remotely the operation of your home photovoltaic system.

 

2. Photovoltaic solar panels can be placed on any roof?

Two concepts must be taken into account: the weight, which has to do with the structure (trusses and nailers) and the surface, which has to do with the type of cover (zinc, shingles, corrugated, etc.)

 

The weight of solar panels ranges from 18 kg to 25 kg per square metre. This means that if your house was built in compliance with the National building codes, the structure would be able to withstand the weight of the system without any reinforcement.

 

With respect to the surface: it is possible to install solar panels on any type of roof; However, the state of the sheets should be valued, as the panels are placed directly on them.

 

Please note that in the sky we not only offer solar panel systems, but we also have more than a decade of experience in manufacturing and installing roofing roofs. This combination of complementary products makes us the only supplier in the country that can give you an integral solution, so that both the roof and the panels have the same useful life of at least 25 years.

 

3. How much roof area is required?

First you have to calculate technically how many panels are needed to supply the house. In 97% of cases, the roof area is sufficient to install the photovoltaic solar panel system.

 

In extraordinary cases, where the ceiling space is extremely limited and the number of panels is very large, it is necessary to install panels in another place of the property.

 

4. How far the home system can be?

The system can be installed anywhere on the property, not necessarily above the house. For example, you can put it in a solarium or on a parking lot.

 

In fact, in the sky we offer solar parking, a new product that consists of a light aluminium structure with solar panels that can be used as parking. This way, you protect your vehicles while generating clean energy for your home.

1 - Panels capture the energy of the Sun (direct current)

 

2- A power inverter converts the panel power into usable power in households and enterprises (alternating current)

 

3- Breakers box

 

4- The energy can be used

 

5- A bidirectional meter counts the amount of energy that is used from the network and the amount of energy that is injected, to collect only the difference.

5. The energy that is produced serves to keep the plant in the pool?

Yes, it does. Remember that the energy produced by the solar panel is not directed at a particular source of consumption, but it enters the whole electrical network of the house. It is necessary to make clear that a photovoltaic system is not a thermal system for heating water. In a water heating system the energy of the sun directly heats the water (like a car put in the sun), instead, the photovoltaic systems serve so that everything that is connected to the electrical network of the House works, including the heaters Electric water.

 

6. What types of materials are used?

In  Cielo Vivo we make sure to use only equipment of the highest quality, with technology primarily North American and European, with materials 100% certified. Everything we sell meets international standards and standards.

 

7. What kind of maintenance is necessary to give the system?

Maintenance requirements are minimal and any unskilled person can handle it. Only the panel area requires a general cleaning sporadically (approximately every two years).

 

8. What kind of warranty they offer me?

Solar energy systems, as explained above, are composed of several elements and each has different guarantees offered directly by manufacturers, which are usually 10 years and in some cases it is possible to extend.

 

Cielo Vivo It makes the role of integrator and combines the different elements to form a solar energy system. Installation and Labor are guaranteed for 10 years. There is also the guarantee of performance and service life ("performance") offered by the manufacturer, which is that the panels must have a performance of at least 80% of their capacity at 25 years.

 

9. How is the process?

With  Cielo Vivo It manages the permissions for the systems that inject energy to the network. We make it easy for you. Basically it will require a formality before the CFIA, the Minae and a contract with the electrical company that attends its community (ICE, CNFL, ESPH, JASEC, Coopesantos, CoopeAlfaroRuiz, Coopeguanacaste or Coopelesca).

 

The national regulation distinguishes three types of energy production systems using solar systems:

 

1-the systems for self-consumption that make use of the national electric grid to deliver surplus energy production for later use. This is called simple distributed generation and is regulated by the POASEN. For example, the solar system of a family that leaves the house alone most of the day and at night consume the energy produced and deposited in the net.

 

2-Self-consumption systems that never inject energy into the national electricity grid and everything produced consumes it at the moment. For example, a company that works mainly during the day and that at night its energy consumption is minimal.

 

3-the systems whose objective is the sale of energy to the ICE. Like a hydroelectric plant, those people who want to sell energy will be regulated by law 7200 and entail a series of very complex administrative and technical requirements that could take several years to process.

 

 

10. The system allows a 100% auto-supply to be able to disconnect from the network?

Yes, it is possible. For this it is necessary to store the energy while the sun shines to be able to consume it at night. This is accomplished by installing a battery bank that is sized for a specific consumption, but note that if you exceed the limit for which it was designed, it will unload the batteries and be left without electricity. For example, suppose that when designing the system you calculated that the microwave oven would use it for 5 minutes, but once had guests and used it for 25 minutes, it is likely to end the night in candlelight.

 

If you live in a community far away from the "last Electric power post", this would be your only option. But if you have regular electrical service, your other option is the simple distributed generation and use the power grid as an infinite battery from which you can extract the amount of energy you need at any time.

 

11. What happens to the solar power system if you cut off the electrical fluid?

If you have a solar system interconnected to the network the system will turn off. This happens for the safety of the personnel of the electrical company. If your solar plant is producing and injecting energy into the network, it could harm those who are working on it. Therefore, the company must have the power to prevent the injection of current in its network if it is doing a maintenance in the area.

 

Remember that the solar power system is designed to contribute to the environment and get savings on the electrical bill. It should not be confused with a backup system when the electrical fluid fails.

 

If the quality of the electrical service in your community suffers from constant blackouts, it is the responsibility of the electrical company to solve the problem. If you need to guarantee the non-interruption of the electrical fluid, then you must have a special battery system (UPS type) to be able to have power during blackouts.

 

12. How the installation process is?

with Cielo Vivo It's very easy. First, our team of experts analyzes your needs for energy use and consumption. Based on the objective that we have in mind, we design a custom system to optimize the cost-benefit. After that, we make an estimate of the scope and the investment.

 

Then proceed with the paperwork before the corresponding electrical company to remove the interconnection permits to the network. The final step is the installation of the equipment for the start up of the system, so that in a short time you can enjoy the most modern technology in your residence.

 

Installing a typical system could take a couple of days, while a larger system, as in the case of a small or medium-sized company, could take about a week. Everything depends on the size of the system and the number of computers to install. The regulations establish a maximum of 120, days for the electric company to sign the interconnection contract.

 

13. How much I should invest to have a solar panel system?

The investment will depend on what percentage of consumption the customer wants to produce with the solar panels. For example, a customer who typically pays ₡ 200.000 monthly electric bill and would like to generate 70% of its consumption, would have to invest approximately 16,000. If a family consumes around ₡ 400.000 it should invest US $23,000 to produce 60% of its electricity consumption.

 

The larger the system, the lower the investment by Watt by the economies of scale.

 

Additionally, we have access to manage the financing of the systems using the same equipment as collateral for the loan. The national banking system also provides funding for this type of project, and we provide support throughout the management.

 

I've decided, and now?

Costa Rica's solar irradiation conditions are among the best in the world. This, coupled with the national goal of achieving carbon neutrality in the coming decades, has created a very favorable environment for the installation of clean energy systems at the residential level.

 

You can start today to turn your home into an example of technological vanguard and commitment to the environment. If you do not need more reasons to convince yourself, we will take care of the rest: just send us via email your latest electric bill and the exact address of your home (preferably the point in Google Maps or GPS coordinates), and will gladly We produce a quotation.

 

Tel: +506 4000-1866 / +506 7141-6004

Email: ventas@cielovivo.co.cr

Alto de Guadalupe. San José, Costa Rica.

1 - Panels capture the energy of the Sun (direct current)

 

2- A power inverter converts the panel power into usable power in households and enterprises (alternating current)

 

3- Breakers box

 

4- The energy can be used

 

5- A bidirectional meter counts the amount of energy that is used from the network and the amount of energy that is injected, to collect only the difference.

1 - Panels capture the energy of the Sun (direct current)

 

2- A power inverter converts the panel power into usable power in households and enterprises (alternating current)

 

3- Breakers box

 

4- The energy can be used

 

5- A bidirectional meter counts the amount of energy that is used from the network and the amount of energy that is injected, to collect only the difference.

1 - Panels capture the energy of the Sun (direct current)

 

2- A power inverter converts the panel power into usable power in households and enterprises (alternating current)

 

3- Breakers box

 

4- The energy can be used

 

5- A bidirectional meter counts the amount of energy that is used from the network and the amount of energy that is injected, to collect only the difference.