We Test All Our Products
And Use Them at Our Home and Business
ZAPSUCKER.COM is a part of Advance: Solar, Hydro, Wind Power Inc., a company specializing in
Solar, Hydro, and Wind energy for stand alone and backup power systems. Batteries, inverters, power control and monitoring are other components Advance Power Inc. can help you with. We are a master distributor for most of the products we represent. We also test them before we sell them! Many are used in our home. We have been a fossil free family owned business for more than 27 years.
Advance: Solar, Hydro, Wind Power Inc. is located in beautiful Redwood Valley, Northern California in the town of Calpella at the intersection of Highway 101 North and Highway 20 East.
We are now fully stocked in our new 15,000+ sq. ft. warehouse and office building. We are powered by a 22kW Exeltech
"Pure Sine Wave" inverter. The inverter is supported by a 160 kW industrial grade battery bank with an automatic watering system. We also have a 5kW solar utility interface system consisting of 32 Kyocera KC 187 solar panels powering an
SMA 6000US grid tie interface inverter. We feed the PG&E grid during the day (peak power usage time) and replenish our battery banks at night, when the cost of power is lowest.
Although we have PG&E we don't bring PG&E power to any of our loads. This eliminates power outages, sags
and surges. It also gives us a better, cleaner and more reliable power supply than PG&E can provide. If PG&E power goes
out, we don't even know it because we don't switch between PG&E and the Exeltech inverter. The Exeltech is our primary
power supply 24 hours a day. No other company has a power system like this. In fact, most businesses in this industry
still rely on PG&E.
To view our System's current power production live CLICK HERE.
We have also replaced our old inefficient boiler heating system with a highly efficient 6 array Apricus Solar Thermal System utilizing vacuum tube solar collector technology . This is backed up by two highly efficient Takagi TM-1 instantaneous water heaters.
Our new heating system is a drainback system that uses a 300 gallon water storage tank heated by heat exchangers. This
system has heated the 300 gallons up to 200 degrees on a day when the ambient temperature was well under 50 degrees. Since we installed this system, our natural gas bills have gone from $1400.00 to $1800.00 per month down to an average of $200.00 per month. The Takagis usually are only needed early in the morning, as the
space heating system utilizes the thermal gain from the solar array the rest of the day. We are currently working on two designs, a Sterling Engine and possibly hydrogen production, that will utilize
any excess summer heat gain from the system to produce electricity.
We have also replaced all our lighting with high efficiency T-8 Lights.
Advance Power is the only one stop shop for Solar, Hydro, and Wind electrical power systems. We stock all the major inverter brands, solar panels, charge controllers, meters and system disconnects. Our electrical parts department
is fully stocked with everything you need from romex clamps to offsets plus all those parts unique to this industry
that are hard to find but needed for a safe and reliable installation. We have one of the largest wire inventories
in the industry, from #22 to 4/0, and make custom cables from #8 to 4/0 complete with lugs and heat shrink.
We are the highest volume battery distributor in Northern California. Our battery inventory is unsurpassed. We are fully stocked from 12 volt deep cycle and
6 volt Golf Cart and L-16s, to high amp industrial grade 2 volt cells. We can also custom make a battery to fill
any specific need you might encounter.
We also stock battery chargers and we are the largest distributor of Iota chargers. We also have industrial
chargers up to 200 amps at 48 vdc.
Our "Grid Tie" department is fully stocked with inverters, disconnects, mounting equipment and solar panels.
We stock all the components needed for a grid tied system so you can see what they look like and choose between
We have the largest inventory of water pumps (Shur-Flo and Grundfos) in Northern California. Plus a complete
plumbing department to make any pump installation safe and reliable. We also stock water tanks in many sizes
at the lowest prices available.
Our prices and product variety are far superior compared to our competition. Our inventory and pricing for products like wire and conduit usually beats the "big box" stores. Call us anytime for a free quote at (707) 485-0588.
Advance Power has designed and installed more utility interface systems than any other business in Northern California. We have designed and installed the second largest utility interface/backup system on the PG&E grid. This system was highlighted in the San Francisco
If your needs are off the grid (or stand alone) please visit www.advancepower.net
for product pricing and descriptions. Our products includes solar, hydro, and wind
power systems as well as batteries, inverters, charge controllers, metering systems, and many other products.
If you have any questions please call 1-888-228-9694 (toll free) or 707-485-0588 or email us.
Next time you're in Northern California stop by and we will show you systems we have
installed in every country and every state, in our business and our home,
from one panel to multiple inverter systems as large as 125kW that power electric
stoves, hot water heaters, air conditioners, heat pumps, water pumps, even an electric welder. We will design systems to meet your specific needs, from 44kW Exeltech systems
to powering 10,000 sq ft homes, even hydrogen powered fuel cells.
Our commercial clients include: The Aerospace Corp.,
Cal Trans, US Cellular, Fire Departments, Radio stations, Lumber companies, CDF,
Bureau of Land Management, City of Ukiah. We have also designed and installed systems
for the California emergency preparedness system as well as thousands of off grid homes and ranches.
Advance Power has solar and electrical contractors on staff (California License #620243)
and Energy Auditor (#840325). For 30 years our experienced crew, our in house design
facilities, and our coordination with prestigious electrical engineering firms allows
you to avoid problems and hassles. We'll do it for you. We've done it for over 27 years.
Please browse through our products.
If you are interested in placing an order or want more information,
1-888-228-9694 toll free or (707) 485-0588 or E-mail us