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HOW SOLAR PANELS WORK
1. SOLAR PANELS
Solar panels absorb photons from the sun and convert them into Direct Current (DC) electricity which flows to an inverter.
Inverters are devices that convert the DC electricity produced by your solar panels into Alternating Current (AC) electricity.
3. SWITCH BOARD
The AC electricity is then sent to the electrical panel and harnessed to power your home or business.
4. UTILITY METER
Any excess energy created by your solar electric system will flow into the utility grid through the meter.
5. THE GRID
The grid is the interconnected network that stores electricity and powers your property when energy demand exceeds solar production.
Download monitoring software to individually track each solar panel’s energy production 24/7.
WHAT ARE SOLAR PANELS MADE OF?
Solar modules, also known as solar panels, are made up of a solid layer of silicon cells, electrical wiring, a metal frame, and a glass casing to contain their complex structure. Silicon, the chemical element that composes the solar cells, is represented by the symbol Si and atomic number 14 of the periodic table right below carbon and above tin, lead, and germanium. Silicon-based solar panels hold conductive properties that absorb photons from the sun and convert them into reusable electricity. The electrons in the silicon cell are set free from their atoms as a response to interaction with sunlight. The photovoltaic effect is then triggered, providing the electric current, which is the basis for your solar energy production.
After the solar panels capture the electrical charge from the sun, that energy needs to be harnessed and redirected in order to effectively power your home. You will then need an inverter to convert the direct current (DC) captured by the solar panels into alternating currents (AC). Ultimately, the inverter redirects the supply of electricity to each outlet in your home, allowing the solar panels to effectively replace the utility grid as your primary, or even your sole, power generation source.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATIONS
For qualified homeowners, going solar is simply a matter of discussing your interest in solar with us, sending in your utility bill, and letting us arrange the design details of your solar electric system. Once we discuss system sizes and finance options, we’ll just need to finalize plans for installation.
Rooftop Solar Panel Installations
For most homeowners, the most practical location for a solar panel installation is your rooftop. The roof has the greatest sun exposure, the lowest labor cost, and doesn’t require taking up any additional land. Rooftop solar panel installations are efficient, convenient, and have a high return on investment. With this method, once solar panels are installed on your roof, we will simply connect your inverter to your service meter, and you will be on your way to energy independence.
Ground Mount Solar Panel Installations
For some homeowners who prefer easier access to their solar panels and have extra land available, ground mounts installations make a very appealing alternative. Solar electric systems that are ground-mounted are easier to clean and rearrange, should you expect changes in your system requirements down the line. This is especially true if you plan to increase your energy consumption, as there may be more room on the ground to add extra solar panels.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF SOLAR PANEL INSTALLATIONS
Staying on the Grid
It is typical for many homeowners who go solar, whether they have rooftop panels or a ground mount installation, to remain connected to the grid. There are some obvious advantages in doing so, as the utility company will be there to provide energy for any months that your system may happen to produce less electricity than you use. Also, most utility companies participate in net metering and/or net billing. With net metering, you can have your unused kWh roll over to the next month. With net billing, the utility company will pay you for any energy you do not use. This makes any system size advantageous as you never have to worry about losing electricity you do not end up using.
But for some, going solar is only half the fun. There are ways you can go completely off the grid and obtain absolute energy autonomy. One way is a battery backup system, which allows you to store excess energy much like the grid would, and it feeds it back to you when you wish to draw from it later. Power generators are another option. These devices work as a reinforcement for days you do not produce enough energy. Rather than store surplus electricity from your panels like batteries, they produce electricity as an alternate source. Your power generator will only be in use when you use more energy than your solar panels produce on any given day.
BENEFITS OF SOLAR TO THE ENVIRONMENT
Reduce Air Polution
We are saving the amount of fuel it takes to drive 390,300 miles, which would get you around the equator about 15.7 times.
Preserving Our Forests
Switching from dirty fossil fuels to clean solar power is the equivalent of planting 10 football fields of full trees.
Reduce Water Usage
Conserving so much water used in electricity production that it would fill 6.7 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
Helps Fight Climate Change
By switching to solar will be eliminating the need to burn 174,907 pounds of coal.