Solar Energy is finally making its mark on the world, and in a big way! You have probably heard of solar panels, or have even seen some panels on house rooftops. These solar panels help convert solar energy into electricity. So why would anyone bother setting all of this up when you already have perfectly good electricity pumping through your house? Well the reasons are endless! But the big one is that the cost of initial setup has gone down drastically meaning this environmentally friendly renewable energy source can actually end up saving you money! But what exactly is solar energy all about?
Power From The Sun
Solar power is energy from the sun that is then converted into electricity. It is converted into electricity by the solar panels that capture sunlight installed on your rooftop.
The International Energy Agency reported in 2017 that solar energy has become the world’s fastest growing source of power. It is not hard to imagine why: it is completely renewable. Sunlight is abundant and virtually effortless to harvest, so it is easy to continually generate electricity from the sun. But how is it captured and converted to be used in homes or businesses?
The Solar Panels
Solar panels pull in energy throughout the day, converting it into electricity in a process known as the photovoltaic effect. What most people don’t know is that the electric current is direct (DC). Your home business needs an alternating current (AC), so most panels have to be installed with an inverter. So how do solar panels generate electricity?
Once the sun’s energy is captured into solar panels, it converts the sunlight into direct current, DC. An inverter converts the electricity from DC to alternating current, AC. Inverters are similar to the brain of the human body in that they do all the work. Sounds simple enough, right? There are even ways to “collect” enough energy to save for cloudy days.
Savings On Savings
Now that you get the gist of how solar panels work and generate electricity, let’s talk about how you can continuously use the energy, and even make money from it. The first way to save is by net metering, which is an efficient way to manage your utility bill. With net metering, you can trade any surplus energy to your utility company for credits. Then when you need power later, you’ll already have paid for it with the credits you earned. That way, you can be getting free power for those cloudy days.
The second way to save money is through solar renewable energy certificates, or SRECs. SRECs are a way to put cash back in your pocket. They are incentives that allow homeowners to sell certificates of solar energy back to their utility company. A homeowner earns one SREC for every 1000 kilowatt hours produced by their solar panel system. An SREC can be worth over $300 in certain states!
Going Solar Is Easy
Thinking of going solar? It can be done in 4 easy steps:
- Consultation- We will take a look at your energy costs and needs. We’ll also answer any questions you have, for free.
- Plan – We will discuss the different kinds of solar panels, and stop by to discuss costs and our custom-designed panels. Our team will create a design that will save you money.
- Install – Installation is simple. Once done, we will discuss how the system works, and how to turn it on and off.
- Save! – Start saving more money on your utility bills!
Interested In Going Solar?
If you are looking into installing solar for your home or business, Go Solar Energy is ready and equipped to help. We have the best resources available to answer your questions, and guide you through the process. Our company takes pride in helping others, and we don’t do it for the money, which is why our services are completely free. We will let you know if your home or business meet the qualifications for solar panels, and provide you with free quotes. To get started, enter your zip code on the homepage, or to speak directly to one of our agents call (888) 290-3112.