energy efficiency jacksonville

Energy Efficiency Audits now Available

New Service Available

InSite Energy, LLC. is now pleased to offer energy efficiency audits to the North Florida area. This includes Gainesville, Jacksonville, and Atlantic Beach. All of our services include the cost of delivery and installation. Some upgrades such as LED lights can be installed including the cost of the light bulb for $5 each (with a minimum of 10 new LED’s). Our energy efficiency audits are comprehensive and free of charge. After walking through your home or office we will explain what energy efficiency upgrades, tax incentives and rebates may be available to you. We can then schedule installation of your new upgrades.

Why should you install Energy Efficiency upgrades?

Many people want to go solar, but they often forget that energy efficiency can play an important in making the transition. Every reduction by using energy efficiently can lead to as much as a 20% reduction in cost of a solar panels installation. Being energy efficient is inexpensive, it pays for itself and it can be a great first step towards going solar. All of our products are very affordable so get in touch with us today!

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MIT Climate Colab 2015 Energy Supply Winner

We won the 2015 MIT Climate Colab contest for the Energy Supply category!

We won the 2015 MIT Climate Colab contest for the Energy Supply category!

Our project won both the Judge’s vote, as well as the popular vote for The MIT Climate Colab 2015 contest for the greatest reductions in Energy Supply. We also placed as a finalist in the 2015 Greenhouse Gas emissions Buildings category. Although we are thankful, and happy to receive our award we’ve yet to raise the funds needed to fully fund our project after multiple meetings with investors and 3 years of participating in such crowdfunding events as OneSpark in the heart of Downtown Jacksonville. Please consider helping us out so we can bring our product to market sooner, rather than later. We’re currently working with industry leaders, and attempting to work with the Department of Energy to further develop our products, and bring them to the mass market, and we are thankful for your support during this process.

MIT Climate Colab 2015 Energy Supply Winner

Grid Tied Solar Panels InSite Energy

How do Grid Tied Solar Panels work?

When installing a system you should really decide between one of two methods: Grid-Tied, or Off-Grid. Off-Grid solar panel systems are an entirely bootstrapped system in that they are capable of carrying the full power load or consumption of a building without the help of any other supplemental system like the power grid. These may be advantageous for small things in remote areas like fountain pumps or weather sensors in remote locations, or even cabins by a lake in the woods. The only issue with Off-grid systems are the expenses necessary to set them up for something like a house can dwarf the costs for a similar grid-tied system on a suburban home with utility power service. This is because for an Off-grid system you need:

  1. Solar panels (10 or 20 250Watt Solar Panels)
  2. A large battery bank (20+ Deep Cycling Lead Acid Batteries)
  3. A large charge controller
  4. A large inverter (2 kW+)
  5. Rackmount
  6. Special wiring

However for a similar Grid-Tied solar panel system you may only need:

  1. Solar Panels (Similar Quantity to above)
  2. Microinverter (One 250Watt Microinverter per solar panel, or Two Solar panels per One 500 Watt Microinverter.)
  3. AC Disconnect Switch (Typically required for grid integration)

Grid Tied solar panels happen to offer lots of benefits over traditional solar panel systems. As you can see above they require about half the hardware, which can reduce cost, and they can also be built in segments or smaller systems, and then scaled up over time. A grid tied system really just works to supplement the power that you buy from the utility company and offset the energy you buy. Also you don’t have to have your system planned out like an Off-grid system. If you use more energy than you’re expecting with your Off-grid system you might actually deplete your batteries and have your system go offline. However with a grid-tied system, any energy you don’t generate can be bought from the utility at the normal electricity rate. Then with net metering if you generate more energy during the peak hours of the day you can actually sell that energy back to the utility which will offset, or pay for the energy you have to buy at night.

Because of the simplicity inherent with grid-tied solar panel systems they can also be installed by Do it Yourself novices. If you can find a compatible microinverter with your electric system you can easily wire a solar panel and microinverter together to a buildings wiring and start seeing results. Many of the solar products we have available here are intended for the easy application of solar products at residences and business as plug and play solar kits. We hope that you’ll check out our products!




We now carry Flexible Solar Panels for Homes, RV’s, and Boats!

Our company is happy to announce that we now carry Flexible Solar Panels for homes, RV’s, and boats in our store.

Currently we have only one model available, but it is a powerhouse at 136 Watts. Use them as part of an array to charge a battery bank on your boat, or RV.

Or use them with a microinverter to make a grid-tied solar power system to power your home!

Also with our pricing we’re offering them at super low prices for solar at $1.50 per watt (Typical systems are around $5-$8 per watt)

Check out our first Commercial!

Yeah, okay our video is only 30 seconds long.

but if you think about it a picture is worth a thousand words, and the video plays at 30 frames per second, for 30 seconds.

So that’s what, like 900 pictures? And at a thousand words each that’s almost a million words! Wow! (in all truthfulness 900,000 words)

This is making my head hurt. Okay, maybe it’s better you don’t think about it. Just play the video. =)


200 People now like us on Facebook!

Our 200th new friend just liked us on Facebook, and don’t worry, the feelings are mutual! 😉

It’s pretty clear people are interested in clean energy, and we can’t wait to bring some new options to the table.

Stay tuned, we’ve got some announcements coming up soon.

Feel free to check out our feature page on our solar panels, and subscribe to our newsletter or like us on Facebook if you haven’t already for the latest updates!


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MetroJacksonville Article

We’ve been published on!

You can read the full article here:

What’s in a name?

Is a rose by any other name just as sweet? Well in our founding we decided upon a name that contained some of our ingenuity, witt, and efficiency. We chose the name Insite Renewable Energy as one of the greatest appeals of our products was that they interconnected “in site” where energy was generally used. The name in itself is a triple entendre as in having ‘Insight’ into renewable energy, or renewable energy that is in or on site where people use, or renewable energy that is in your line of sight, instead of away somewhere like on your roof. Really, no matter how you think about our name, we’re happy you’re thinking about us.

The Guilty Spark

Some might be curious where the idea of our new Solar Window Shutters came from. Our founder, Wyatt Sanders, found himself on stroke of luck as he had moved into a new apartment and found the new Venetian blinds to be irritating. They would get tied up, and get stuck in various positions. He removed them, and being a solar energy enthusiast he put two solar panels in place to block the new source of heat in his room. He installed a small battery and charging system, and soon took over the living room windows of his two-bedroom apartment with solar panels. When asked by his friends what he could power off of them, it was tough to give a clear answer, but at the time, not much more than LCD or a Light for a day. In an attempt to add more power without skipping a few meals, he bought parts and manufactured two of his own solar panels. He eventually found himself with close to 300 watts of energy coming from his window solar panels, but thought that his solution may only work for him. No one wants Window Solar Panels unless you could use them and see through your windows as well. Nor would any one find them very useful if they were impossible to install. So he designed a final concept of a solar panel that would fit best for people in windows, while being affordable and simple to use. What came out was the Solar Window Shutter.