Whether you are looking for solar power basics for beginners, or you have been following the technology for years, there are likely still some educational gaps to fill when it comes to getting the full picture of how your own solar PV system can provide you with renewable energy at home. With CAM Solar’s “Solar 101” you can get simple answers to common questions when it comes to solar energy, so you can make the most out of your journey to solar installation.
What Are Solar Panels?
In their simplest form, solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells that react to sunlight, converting them into electricity that can eventually be used in your home. Solar panels can be installed on your roof, or somewhere on your property, and are most often designed to meet the majority of your electricity needs, greatly reducing future energy costs.
How Does Solar Work?
As sunlight hits your solar panels, the photovoltaic cells begin to create an “alternating current” of electricity. In order for this energy to be used in your home (which utilizes direct current electricity), it will need to be sent through a power inverter. From there, your renewable energy is ready for use in your home, or for storing in a solar battery storage system.
What Are Solar Batteries?
In short, solar batteries (like Tesla Powerwall or Enphase Encharge) allow for the storing of solar electricity for use at a later time, when solar output is particularly low or non-existent, like at night. Solar battery backup storage and solar battery backup systems can also be used to take a home “off the grid,” entirely eliminating your energy bills and ensuring your home does not lose power during a blackout or power outage. This is not a feature of traditional grid-tied systems, as safety protocols require grid-tied solar systems to shut down during an unexpected outage.
How Much Do They Cost and How Much Do They Save?
Of course, the price of solar installation will depend on many factors, like the size of your home, the available space for mounting solar panels, and what kind of system you are looking to install. However, there are multiple rebates and incentives throughout Texas, Colorado, and on the federal level that can reduce the upfront cost of solar. These incentives include:
The Federal Investment Tax Credit
Who Benefits Most From Solar Panels?
Because solar panels convert sunlight into electricity, those that use the most electricity also stand to benefit the most from solar installation. However, the success of every solar installation depends on leveraging available sunlight, roof pitch and direction, and any other areas where solar panels can be mounted.
While solar can reduce your energy bills, your neighbors, friends, and family will also benefit from your solar installation, thanks to the reduction in both your carbon footprint and grid demand.
Get an Idea of What Solar Will Look Like For Your Home
The next question is, what solar would look like for you and your Austin, San Antonio, or Denver home. Schedule a free quote with CAM Solar today, and get a customized quote for installing a customized solar PV system on your home or business today.