Green Energy Made Easy

A Solar Panel gives your home a cheap green energy supply. While the sun shines you’ll make green energy that can be used to power everything in your home. Best of all the price of solar energy will never go up. The price per Kwh is set at the time you buy your panels and always stays the same. No matter what happens with the price of grid power, which rises almost every year, your green energy power will always stay exactly the same. Check out our Cost of Solar page to find out more.

On grid photovoltaic solar panel systems are part of the grid. Consisting of solar panels, an inverter, wires and other hardware. The energy from a solar power system is always used before grid power. At night or when there isn’t enough power from your solar panels the grid supplies all your needs. Whenever your making power with the panels your also making money. Even when your not home your still using small amounts of electricity to power things like a hot water heater. TV’s and other appliances can also draw power even when they’re turned off. With a home battery excess power is stored for when you need it rather than feeding back into the grid. When grid power is down you feed off the batteries. Another great option is a home generator. Make power whenever you need it, even if the grid and panels are off and the batteries are dry.


Hughes helps clients save money on their monthly energy bill. Most people pay 25-75% less than what they are now with a green energy system. Some actually pay nothing or even make money when they produce more power than they use. You get a stable price you can count on each and every month and hedge yourself against rising NJ energy costs. For qualified customers our PPA structure means that you’ll start saving money from day one. No debt and no up-front costs.

Each year prices for electricity rise in NJ. We pay some of the highest costs in the nation for power, but solar energy stays stable so each year you make more and more money as utility costs rise. We can guarantee you in 10 years you’ll be paying a lot more each year for power than you are now. We can also guarantee that with solar you’ll be paying the exact same amount for the solar energy you produce. This stable price for power makes green energy one of the best investments a person can make to control costs and make money. After all a penny saved is a penny earned.

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Solar Energy

A Solar Panel changes sunlight directly into raw electric using solar cells. Sunlight contains a particle called a photon. Each time a photon hits a panel it converts into electrons of direct current (“DC”). They flow out of the solar panel and into an inverter. The inverter converts that “DC” power into “AC” power. AC power is the kind of electric that you use when you plug into a the wall outlet. The AC power from an inverter is no different than grid power. This is the process of creating green energy.

A net energy meter keeps track of the all the power your solar system produces. Any energy that you don’t use will go back into the grid through the meter. When you use more power than you make the meter goes up, when you make more than you use the meter goes down. At night or on cloudy days, when your system is not making more than you need, you will use electric from the grid as normal. Your utility will bill you for the “net” consumption for any given billing period and provide you with a dollar credit for any excess during a given period.

If you have a home battery system then the home batteries store excess electric rather than feeding it back to the grid. This is a much more efficient solar energy system. Solar power is stored in the day when most people are not home to use it. This is a more efficient method than feeding the grid and then taking from it later when you need it. With home batteries your power is always stored at home when you need it.

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Photovoltaic Solar Cells

Solar cells are small, square panel semiconductors made from silicon and other materials, made in thin film layers. When sun strikes a solar cell, chemical reactions release electrons, making an electric current. Solar cells are also called photovoltaic cells or “PV cells” and can be found on many things such as calculators or solar phone chargers. Solar panels are aluminum frames that hold the solar cells. Power made by the cells are sent through wires, and inverter and then into your home through the breaker panel.

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Solar Energy System

A PV system includes PV modules (groups of PV cells), which are called PV panels; one or more home batteries; a charge regulator or controller for a stand alone system; an inverter to covert solar power from direct current (DC) to the alternating current (AC) your home uses; wiring; and mounting hardware. A PV module arranges individual PV cells grouped together in an array. Some of the arrays are set on special tracking devices to follow sunlight all day long and improve system output.

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A solar panel needs access to the sun’s rays for most or all of the day to produce the most amount of solar energy. Shade on the solar panel can reduce energy output because panels need sun to make power. Climate is not a concern because solar power is fairly unaffected by air temperatures, and snow cover melts quickly because solar panels are pointed directly into the sun. Abundant year round sun makes solar energy systems useful and effective nearly everywhere in NJ.

Solar Energy  System Support

Solar panels are complex electric systems with only a few moving parts. Basic PV panels have no moving parts at all and can last more than 30 years while needing little if any maintenance. The parts are designed to meet strict dependability standards to withstand the elements and time. The best way to ensure and extend the life of your solar power system is to have it installed and maintained properly by a company like Hughes. Most PV system problems occur because of a poor or sloppy install. Green energy systems installed by Hughes are done right and backed by our industry leading Go Green 25 year warranty covering parts and labor.

Solar Energy In Your Home and Business

Green energy systems are used on homes and businesses to power most or all of your electrical needs. Photovoltaic cells can be installed as a stand alone module attached to your roof or as a complete off grid solar power system. The most common practice is to mount solar modules onto a south facing roof or wall. PV systems can be put into virtually every conceivable structure for commercial buildings. You’ll find PV used outdoors for security lighting as well as in structures that serve as covers for parking lots and bus shelters. Solar has finally become the smart choice for buying power.

The Size of Your Solar Energy System

The size of your solar system depends on a few key factors such as how much power you need, the size of your roof or yard, how much you want to invest, and how much energy you’d like to create. We’ll design a system just for you that meets your unique needs, goals and budget. Contact Hughes today and find out what we can do for you.

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Solar Panels

Panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which turn sun into raw power, also known as direct current (DC) electric. In this form the power is not usable by your home. It must be changed into AC power by feeding it through an inverter.

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Power Inverter

This device converts the DC power made by solar panels into the alternating current (AC) which is used in your home. Without this step you can’t use the power made by your panels. A top quality inverter like the one’s installed by Hughes is a crucial part of a solar system.

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Breaker Panel

AC power is sent from the inverter to your electric panel and then into your home. This power flows through a breaker just like power from the grid. There’s no difference between power from a PV panel or grid. You can turn the power off by flipping the breaker at any time just like you could with grid power. Your home is protected from a power surge or lightning strike.

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Home Battery

A home battery is an option for places where there is no power supply or for clients that want to live off the grid or use as little grid power as possible. The home battery stores power made by solar panels for use at a later time. A home generator can be added in case of days without sun, during a power outage or at night. Hughes only uses the worlds best PV modules, inverter and other system components.

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Electric Meter

The meter measures your energy use. Most people don’t know that their meter can actually go backward when the system makes more power than you use. This excess energy offsets the power you use at night or when the panels aren’t making as much power. In some cases you can get paid if your making more power than you use. These are called credits which are worth real money based on the price of electric at the time. This is how solar farms work, they make a lot more power than they use and sell it to the utility for money.

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Utility Grid

Your home is still part of the grid. Power from the utility kicks in at night or when your not making enough power to meet your needs. With an on grid system when grid power goes down your panels get turned off because of safety issues. When this happens your panels are being wasted, sitting in the sun and making zero power. You can continue to produce when the grid is off with additional components such as a home battery or an off grid system. If you have a home battery your panels will fill the batteries whenever the sun is shining. Your home will then feed off the batteries even when the grid is off.