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Auburn is a perfect city for a Solar Home!
The demand for solar supplies and the available suppliers in Auburn has developed over the last decade. As a consequence, to make the city more accessible, prices have decreased. At the same time, financing and buying choices have changed for California homeowners, making solar less of an exception and more of a natural one. The more you think about your solar decisions, how solar works, and what questions you can ask, the more likely you are to make the right solar purchasing choices.
How Does a Solar Panel System Work?
Solar energy is the bulk of home solar systems (or photovoltaic, sometimes referred to as PV). These systems generate electricity through a few primary hardware components:
1. A panel which transforms light into electricity from the sun
2. An inverter (or multiple inverters) that transforms the current that can be used by your home from the sun to an alternating current.
What to Take Into Account When
Adding Solar to your Home
There are many different forms of “going solar” and you need to make sure that the right one for you is selected. “Not getting “enough solar” is one of the main traps people fall into. So before you make this decision, determine how much solar you need. If you want your energy bill to fully disappear, you need to ensure that you are 100% offset. This would prevent true-up bills from finishing the year and make sure you and your family are completely protected. Since they have a more competitive price point, many businesses attempt to sell smaller systems than what you need to support the actual energy use. If you want to cover just half of your energy, which is also perfectly good, just know what you want and what you get.
Will Solar panels Work When it Rains?
Although solar panels are most effective in direct sunlight, they can use direct or indirect sunlight to produce electricity. Solar panels will still work even though the sun is mirrored or partially blocked by clouds. By washing away any dust or debris, rain helps keep your panels working effectively. The energy you use at night and other times when your device is not working at full capacity can be offset by excess energy produced by your panels during sunshine hours.
What kind of effect does
solar have on my property value?
Studies have shown that homes with solar panels sell for more than homes without them. However, your property value will only increase if you choose to buy your solar panel system, rather than lease it. Going solar will increase your property value more than a kitchen renovation in some parts of the country.
The solar technician who visits your house should be able to figure out if your roof is in good enough shape for panels, particularly if it is strong enough to hold them.
Did You Know There Are Solar System Warranties?
Typically, solar power systems are a fairly smooth and solid investment, they require limited maintenance and are built to last however, all systems should come with a warranty included in the bid but some companies may not include them without you asking. All warranties are not equal, and you should always ask what the warranty length is and on what equipment.
There are typically two types of warranties; one is an equipment warranty on panels and inverters which ranges from 20-20 years on the panels, 5 to 10 for the inverts, and the other is related to the quality of the installer’s work. i.e. a guarantee that they didn’t make holes in your roof that will lead to leaks. This is normally an average of 10 years.
Example Warranty with Mr. Sunshine Solar
25yr. Product and Performance Warranty “Bumper to Bumper Coverage”
– 25 yr. Panel Warranty
– 25 yr. Inverter Warranty
– 25 yr. Racking System Warranty
The biggest commitment Sunshine makes is to its customers. They operate using the top tier warranties but also have a company committment to transparency, education, and customer service.
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW HEAVY IS A SOLAR PANEL?
How heavy are solar panels? This is a common question! On average, solar panels and the mounting equipment weigh 2-4 lbs per square foot (10-20 kg per square meter), which is usually within the acceptable limits of your roof.
WHAT DOES PV STAND FOR IN SOLAR POWER?
Photovoltaics (PV) are best known as a method for generating electric power by using solar cells to convert energy from the sun into electricity. The photovoltaic effect refers to photons of light knocking electrons into a higher state of energy to create electricity.
WHAT IS SOLAR ENERGY?
Solar energy is, simply, the energy provided by the sun. This energy is in the form of solar radiation, which makes the production of solar electricity possible. Electricity can be produced directly from photovoltaic, PV, cells.
HOW CAN WE GET ELECTRICITY FROM THE SUN?
When certain semiconducting materials, such as certain kinds of silicon, are exposed to sunlight, they release small amounts of electricity. This process is known as the photoelectric effect. The photoelectric effect refers to the emission, or ejection, of electrons from the surface of a metal in response to light. It is the basic physical process in which a solar electric or photovoltaic (PV) cell converts sunlight to electricity.
Sunlight is made up of photons, or particles of solar energy. Photons contain various amounts of energy, corresponding to the different wavelengths of the solar spectrum. When photons strike a PV cell, they may be reflected or absorbed, or they may pass right through. Only the absorbed photons generate electricity. When this happens, the energy of the photon is transferred to an electron in an atom of the PV cell (which is actually a semiconductor).
With its newfound energy, the electron escapes from its normal position in an atom of the semiconductor material and becomes part of the current in an electrical circuit. By leaving its position, the electron causes a hole to form. Special electrical properties of the PV cell—a built-in electric field—provide the voltage needed to drive the current through an external load (such as a light bulb).
HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE ENOUGH SUNLIGHT FOR PV?
A photovoltaic (PV) system needs unobstructed access to the sun’s rays for most or all of the day. Shading on the system can significantly reduce energy output. Climate is not really a concern, because PV systems are relatively unaffected by severe weather. In fact, some PV modules actually work better in colder weather. Most PV modules are angled to catch the sun’s rays, so any snow that collects on them usually melts quickly. There is enough sunlight to make solar energy systems useful and effective nearly everywhere in California.
HOW BIG A SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM DO I NEED?
The size of solar system you need depends on several factors such as how much electricity or hot water or space heat you use, how, the size of your roof, and how much you’re willing to invest. Also, do you want the system to supply your complete energy usage or to supplant a portion of your higher cost energy usage? You can contact a system designer/installer to determine what type of system would suit your needs.