Gulf South Electric is dedicated to providing high quality customer service along with the latest, most efficient solar effective technology on the market. We are serving our community as a leader, for a sustainable future with clean, renewable power from the sun. Solar cells take energy from the sun and convert that energy into another form of energy: ELECTRICITY! This is done without moving parts, noise, pollution or maintenance.
Gulf South Electric & Solar will supply and install a complete solar system. We will evaluate the feasibility of installing a solar system on your building/home by: measuring the roof location to be used, documenting solar irradiation with a solar pathfinder and by using the degree of roof slope to verify intensity of sunlight 365 days a year.
This is a grid tie system that will feed electricity back to the grid (feed electricity back to the power company). The system will cause the electric meter to spin backward when it is producing more power than required to operate the home. GSE&S will supply an energy and cost savings evaluation, designed specifically for a customized system at your location, taking into account; roof tilt and shading analysis. You will receive the estimated annual savings on electric bill.
We are a State licensed, insured and certified solar installer. For home owners to receive the 50% State rebate and 30% Federal tax credit, it is mandatory that the installer be certified.
We offer a turn-key energy savings plan which includes, custom solar system, blow-in attic insulation, programmable thermostats and hot water heater time clocks for a more complete energy efficient home.
During the day, if your solar system produces more electricity than your home is using, your utility may allow net metering or the crediting of your utility account for the excess power generated being returned to the grid. Your utility would provide power as usual at night and during the day when your electricity demand exceeds that produced by your solar system. This is called a grid-tied system.
LED Retrofit Lighting – Property owners have been extremely excited about the development of LED lighting because the technology utilizes significantly lower energy costs and longevity. One of the most innovative developments in the electrical world has been the LED Retrofit lighting that has burst onto the scene in commercial and residential lighting. LED lighting is the most efficient lighting system ever produced since it is economical and green friendly. It also cuts down on replacement bulb costs, and reduce the presence of hazardous gasses such as mercury in their respective environments.
Ask us about this item when planning for your electrical work.
Residential Service – An electrical project isn’t something you want to leave to amateurs. After all, the safety of your family and home is at risk. The professionals at Gulf South Electric will see that the job is done correctly and safely. You will not have to worry about poor electrical wiring because our work is done properly and up to code.
We know firsthand what a daunting task it can be for homeowners to solve even the simplest of home electrical challenges. GSE will provide you with information and resources you need to make educated decisions about which solution is best for you. GSE offers comprehensive solutions for all your residential electrical needs.
Call Gulf South Electric & Solar for your customized quote. (985) 288-5803
Gulf South Electric offers a wide variety of electrical services for your
Commercial, Residential, Solar and Property Management needs.
Louisiana State License # 50866 *MSHA CERTIFIED* Mississippi State License # 18156-MC
Solar Installation for your home or business
GSE can come out to the property and give you an analysis and estimate about the installation of Solar Panels and the benefits it will produce. We are honest with our customers and will let you know if a solar system is not recommended for your home or business.
ADVANTAGES OF SOLAR
Reliable in harsh conditions – see FAQ #10
Reduce possibility of utility outages – see FAQ #7
Durable for producing power well beyond the 20 to 25 year warranty – see FAQ #4
Reduce your dependency on Fossil Fuels
Low maintenance cost – see FAQ #11
No fuel cost
Reduce sound pollution
Modularity – easy to add onto system
Safety – no combustible fuels
Electrical grid decentralization – see FAQ #16
Home value increases $20.00 for every $1.00 of electricity saved
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
- What is a residential solar electric system?We offer comprehensive, code-compliant systems that allow you to generate your own electricity at home. Designed to interconnect with your existing utility service, they feature solar modules, power electronics and patented mounting kits. We provide system installation and service.
- Will my system work at night?
No. Sunlight must be present for your solar modules to produce power. At night, you draw power from your utility.
- Will my system work on cloudy days?
Yes, though they produce less electricity. Under a light overcast sky, panels might produce about half as much as under full sun.
- How long do solar panels last?
With no moving parts and made of very inert materials, our solar modules are tough. Manufacturers tell us that the panels will last over 25 to 30 years.
- Where is the best place to mount my solar system?
A south-facing roof area is optimal, but solar electric panels can be mounted on west or east facing roofs and still produce better than 90 percent of the power of a true south roof mounting. Panels can also be mounted on free standing racks, on out buildings or built as a pergola or gazebo roof.
- What happens during a power outage?
With a grid-tied system you lose power during a power outage. With a battery backup system you retain power to critical loads. With a backup generator system you will maintain power. (See us about generator systems.)
- Why is shade a problem?
Because of the wiring design of a solar module, all of the individual solar cells on a module must receive full sunlight for the module to work properly. If any portion of the module is shaded, the entire module power output-even those sections still exposed to sunlight-is lowered.
This can be improved upon by the use of micro-inverters.
- How many solar panels do I need to produce enough electricity to run my house?
The array size you need depends on your average electrical usage, climate, roof angle, shading problems and many other factors. Not all solar systems supply 100% of your needs. Even a 50% to 75% solar supply decreases your electric bill substantially.
- What is net metering?
Net metering measures the difference between the electricity you buy from your utility and the electricity you produce with your solar energy system. Under net metering, any excess electricity produced by your solar energy system is delivered back into the utility grid, effectively spinning your meter backwards. Your meter spins forward when your solar energy system is not producing all of the electricity you are currently using. Your electric meter keeps track of this net difference as you generate electricity and take electricity from the utility grid.
- Can the modules withstand high winds and hail?
The panels are supported by UL roofer-designed mounting system that has been tested to withstand 125 mph winds and can work on almost every type of roofing material. The modules can withstand one inch hailstones at 50 mph.
- What maintenance does the system require?
Because the system has no moving parts you should go years without problems. You can hose off the modules one or two times a year.
- Do I need permission from the local utility to connect my solar system to the grid?
Yes. The local utility has rules and procedures that must be followed to connect any generator to the grid safely and legally.
- Do I need a building permit?
No. But an electrical permit will be required. Gulf South Electric and Solar, LLC is a multi-state licensed electrical contractor and will obtain the permit.
- Do I need approval from my homeowners’ association?
No, its a federal law that allows anyone to install solar panels on their roof.
- Can I have a solar electric system on my house and still be connected to city power?
Yes. In fact, our systems are designed as on-grid systems, meaning they are designed to interconnect with utility power.
- Can I be totally independent from the utility?
Yes, however this is impractical unless you are in a remote area inaccessible to utility power.
Federal Tax Credit
- Has been extended till 2016 .
- For homes and commercial businesses it covers solar hot water, and solar electric. Does not cover solar pool heaters.
- For both residential and commercial you get 30% back with NO cap!
- Here is the form for the FTC FTC Form 5695.pdf.
State Tax Credit (residential and apartment complexes)
- Enacted on January 1, 2008 with no expiration date!
- For residential systems and residential complexes, i.e. apartment buildings
- Covers solar hot water, solar electric, solar pool heaters, and wind generators.
- You get a refund of 50% from the state with a cap of $25,000 per system. So the max you can receive back from the state is $12,500. You can put as many systems on one home until 100% of your home’s energy comes from solar, and still receive the state tax credit on each system.
- Here is the form in PDF State Tax Credit form
Database of State Incentives for Renewable & Efficiency
Transient Voltage Surge Suppressor (TVSS)
Lighting strikes as well as other types of electrical disturbances can render home electronics and appliances useless. As today’s households have added an ever growing amount of sensitive electronics, the need for surge protectors is a residential necessity. Replacing computers, dishwashers, refrigerators, television sets and telephones, to name a few can be a very costly problem.
Our qualified professionals at Gulf South Electric, LLC can install a Siemens brand surge suppression system that will protect your home from voltage surges such as a direct or near by lightning strike. The first line of defense is to install a transient voltage surge suppressor (TVSS) on the main electrical panel where electricity enters the home. Installing a surge arrestor at this point will safely divert the electrical current toground before it can enter the home and cause costly damage. An additional surge suppressor that will protect and minimize damage to televisions and modems can also be installed on the telephone and cable system coming into the house. Protection at the point of entry can virtually eliminate all damage from lightning strikes. However, because voltage can change within the house’s electrical system, it is also recommend that a second line of protection be installed by using a floor strip protector at the location of each electronic device. TVSS will put out an audible, as well as , a visual signal (LED light) to warn the homeowner that a surge has been averted and the unit is in need of inspection or replacement.
Siemens Automation offers a warranty on any damaged equipment due to electrical surges (additional information available).
Gulf South Electric & Solar, LLC will supply and install this equipment for you. Please call today to schedule installation. 985-288-5803.