ENERGY SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT FOR SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

WHY JOIN US

The Solar Power Installers Association (SPIA) is a national non-profit trade and advocacy association whose purpose is to support education, training and market penetration and installation of off grid and grid-tide solar technologies through appropriate information mechanisms. The Solar Power Installers Association, established in 2016, share a common understanding of and concern in the issues facing development of the solar industry in Trinidad & Tobago.
By joining The Solar Power Installers Association (SPIA®), you will become a member of an organization that is committed to the highest installation standards for the solar energy industry. All SPIA members and companies will have to agreed to adhere to SPIA’s Code of Ethics.

BASED IN T&T

We are currently based in the beautiful Island of Trinidad & Tobago. We have worked on a variety of projects ranging from Corporate, State & Residential.

OUR MISSION

Currently we are looking towards expanding throughout the entire Caribbean. Our mission is to create a more sustainable Caribbean based on cleaner, more affordable renewable energy.

OUR MEMBERS

Our members will consist of distributors, contractors, suppliers, installers, and professionals all of whom will see the benefit in joining SPIA and working collectively toward a clean energy future. Together, we hope to continue the already impressive growth of solar energy across Trinidad & Tobago and the wider Caribbean.      

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Photovoltaic (PV) solar panels are made up of many solar cells. Solar cells are made of silicon, like semiconductors. They are constructed with a positive layer and a negative layer, which together create an electric field, just like in a battery.

The only time your solar panels stop generating electricity is when the sun’s not out. That means at night and during eclipses. The sun is constant. It rises and sets pretty routinely. It’s more predictable and reliable than power plants, which often experience outages several thousand times every year.

Your solar panels don’t need sunshine, per se, to generate electricity as much as they need direct, unobstructed access to the sun’s UV rays. Solar panels do not generate electricity at night since the sun’s not out. This is when staying connected to the power grid comes in handy as you’ll still have electricity to your home.

In reality, you probably won’t want to go off grid. The practice is known as “islanding”, or when you connect your solar array to batteries so you’ll be able to power your home or business entirely on solar energy instead of using the utility company for power.

You know how you have an electric meter on your property to record how much energy your home or business uses every month? When you switch to solar energy, you’ll have an electric meter that works both ways: It will show the utility company how much energy you consume when your solar panels aren’t generating electricity (like at night) It will show how much energy your solar panels generated during the day.

That depends on how much electricity your home or business uses, where you live, the rate your utility company charges for electricity, and several other factors. Most solar providers aim to offset 50–60% of your monthly electricity bill, so that’s a good place to start your calculations.

Your solar panels will start generating usable energy for your property the day they’re installed. Depending on when you receive your electric bill, you could start noticing lower bills the very first month.

If you happen to have a home or business improvement fund, owning your own solar array is the way to go. The price of installation is dependent on the size of the solar system. While you can definitely pay for your solar installation up front, most home and business owners don’t have that kind of cash sitting around. Go with a solar loan and you’ll be able to finance your own solar system and own it by making monthly payments over time. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of solar energy while you pay your loan off. Just partner with a trusted solar provider, they’ll take on all the upfront costs of installation, and you’ll enjoy lower electricity bills every month. You’ll score a low fixed electricity rate and take on zero of the expenses.

Solar panels are easier to maintain than your appliances, and maybe even your cell phone. That’s because solar panels have zero moving parts to break. The most you’ll have to do to maintain your solar panels is make sure they’re free of dust, pollen, leaves, and other debris. Whatever’s obstructing your panels will make for less efficient energy production. You’ll also need to trim branches that may get in the way of your solar panels. That’s not so hard, right?

Since solar panels are so easy to maintain and have zero moving parts, they’ll keep generating energy for you home long enough to see a sizable return on your investment. Newer models have expected lifespans of 50+ years.

While you can certainly take the DIY route and install solar panels on your property all on your own, you’ll want the trusted advice of a knowledgeable solar installer and the insider knowledge of a seasoned PV consultant. They’ll be able to determine the best placement for your solar panels, apply for the right permits, and do what they do best so you don’t have to worry. 

Solar power is a renewable resource, which means there’s so much of it freely available we never have to dig for coal or refine other toxic energy sources just to keep the lights on.