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Yes! Solar is a great and secure investment, better than investing your money in savings accounts or IRA’s.
If you are looking for an ethical place to put your money then solar PV will benefit you and the planet.
A PV system that is designed, installed, and maintained well will operate for more than 30 years at 80% of performance. The basic PV module (interconnected, enclosed panel of PV cells) has no moving parts and can last more than 30 years.
The best way to ensure and extend the life and effectiveness of your PV system is by having it installed properly. Experience has shown that most problems occur because of poor or sloppy system installation.
PV can be used to power your entire home’s electrical systems, including lights, cooling systems, and appliances. PV systems today can be blended easily into both traditional and nontraditional homes. The most common practice is to mount modules onto a south-facing roof, or ground mounting.
The installed cost of a PV system will depend upon the size of the system (based on your consumption), the roof type, the type of modules and mounting style. Solar systems are half the cost from years ago and there are federal tax credits available to help you reduce the cost of the system.
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The average domestic system will take 5-8 hours to install.
To avoid system failure, complications or injury, you will want to hire a reputable professional contractor with experience in installing solar systems. PV systems have few moving parts and require little maintenance. The system’s components are designed to meet strict dependability and durability standards that withstand the elements. However, they are fairly sophisticated electric systems to installation which require the knowledge and experience of a licensed contractor.
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 rejection, of electrons in response to light.
Solar PV generates electricity from light (photons). The more light that shines on them the more energy they produce.
NABCEP is the most recognized and esteemed certification the solar industry offers. A NABCEP certified contract is to the solar industry as a Master Electrician is to electrical contracting. Certification offers the public a high degree of protection because practitioners must voluntarily meet standards and qualifications and pass exams. NABCEP Certification is the ultimate validation of experience and knowledge in the growing solar industry.
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Contact us if you have concerns about your system, or you think it’s not generating as it should. We will send someone out to resolve the issue.
The prices of oil and other non-renewable sources are on the increase. This trend will continue, getting more dramatic as shortages of supply increase. The price of your electricity from solar will never increase as the fuel is free and infinite!
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Also called tied to grid or grid tie system, is a semi-autonomous electrical generation or grid energy storage system which links to the mains to feed excess capacity back to the local mains electrical grid. When insufficient electricity is generated, or the batteries are not fully charged, electricity drawn from the mains grid can make up the shortfall.
A solar inverter changes the electrical current from direct current (dc) to alternating current (ac).
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A packaged, connected assembly of solar cells.
Or maximum power point tracker is an electronic dc to dc converter that optimizes the match between the solar array (pv panels), and the battery bank or utility grid. To put it simply, they convert a higher voltage dc output from solar panels (and a few wind generators) down to the lower voltage needed to charge batteries.
The North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) offers entry level knowledge assessment, professional certification, and company accreditation programs to renewable energy professionals throughout north america.
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Net metering is a billing mechanism that credits solar energy system owners for the electricity they add to the grid. For example, if a residential customer has a pv system at the residence, it may generate more electricity than the home uses during daylight hours. If the home is net-metered, the electricity meter will run backwards to provide a credit against what electricity is consumed at night or other periods where the home’s electricity use exceeds the system’s output.
National Renewable Energy Laboratory. Is the united states’ primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. The national renewable energy laboratory (nrel) is a government-owned, contractor-operated facility, and is funded through the united states Department of Energy (DOE).
Also known as a remote area power supply (RAPS), is an off-the-grid electricity system for locations that are not fitted with an electricity distribution system.
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Understanding price and terms
Example: A 2,000-watt system, that has a total cost of $8,000, is considered to cost $4 per watt.
Solar pv site evaluation
Solar-Ray provides one of the most thorough and precise solar site evaluations in the industry. Below is a description of what you can expect. Call today to learn more or schedule an appointment (407) 443-4404, or email email@example.com
- Full year’s analysis of your solar exposure from five points of the projected array location using digital imaging from a Solar Pathfinder.
- Identification of significant shading objects with the time of day and month they will occur.
- Basic design and price estimate for a recommended system including module size, array configuration, wiring diagram, inverter selection, and balance-of-system component location.
- Spreadsheet of estimated daily AC production using regional solar radiation data from the U.S. Department of Energy and calculations of inherent system power losses.
- Product specifications and warranty information on selected modules and inverter(s).
- Current information on your utility’s net-metering and interconnection policy.
- Information on applicable building codes, safety regulations, Florida construction contracting law, and recommended best practices for system installation.