he use of the sun as a source of energy is gaining popularity. Why? Because it’s a perpetual source of clean energy. Solar power does not emit smoke and other harmful chemicals, and makes use of a renewable energy source that does not run out.
How Does Solar Energy Work?
The sun is a great source of energy. It powers up the planet itself. So why not use it to power up your house?
How does it work?
Solar panels typically work like the chlorophylls of plants.
Basically, the photovoltaic (PV) panels convert the energy of the sun into electrical energy, which you can use to power up your home. The solar panels actually convert the energy of the speeding photons in the sunlight, which then turns into electric current.
Isn’t it Costly to Go Solar?
With solar energy, you can save tons and tons of money. Commercial electricity is on the rise every year and every small rise would equate to a large difference after some time.
In addition, the State of California actually promotes going solar through its federal tax credits and financing programs. Enjoy up to 30% federal tax credits and up to 20 to 50% in utility rebates! This is a great incentive to those who are thinking about going solar!
With all the financing programs, and with the savings you can get from the rebates, tax credits, and of course, from what you’d save by using solar instead of commercial energy, your solar project will definitely pay for itself!
Some of the rebate and financing programs available from major California utility companies, are:
- Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP)
- Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E)
- Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)
- San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E)
- Southern California Edison (SCE)
- And many more!
What are the benefits of going solar?
By going solar, you will be able to:
- Save thousands of dollars on your energy bills.
- Minimize your dependence on commercial energy.
- Increase the value of your home through its energy and cost efficiency.
- Do your part in saving the environment.
Go Solar Now With Yorkshire Roofing and Solar!
Here at Yorkshire we utilize only the best in Solar Panel technology. We have partnered with LG and Sun Works, two top quality manufactures of Solar panels. These panels and systems come equipped with Micro Inverters, which means that each panel works independently to produce clean efficient solar power. Picture the old Christmas lights that you sometimes see, where if one goes out the rest don’t work ether. That is the same situation that could happen relying on only one main power inverter that most other systems rely on. With our Micro Inverter panels, if one inverter is having issues the whole system is still up and running and still producing power and saving you money. Each inverter can be repaired or replaced independent of the others.
Here is a little background on the way inverters work. An inverter is required to regulate the converted power produced by the panels. If you only have one inverter it will need to regulate the power of the whole system based on the weakest link. This means the power produced by the weakest panel (example: one panel in the solar array that is shaded by a tree for part of the day) will inhibit all other better performing panels from reaching peak performance. With Micro Inverters, each panel is free to perform at maximum efficiency based on the amount and type of sunlight it is receiving. This all equates into a 10-25% increases in power and efficiency of the solar array.
Another benefit is that with Micro Inverters the addition of more panels at anytime in the future is simple and easy. Lets say your home is used to running off of the power consumption of two people. As time goes on the household population grows to 4 or 5. A pool and hot tub are installed. All of these changes would require a significant increase in the amount of electricity required to run the home. With a Solar System installed by Yorkshire Roofing the addition of more panels to increase solar output is simple and affordable. A standard Solar system needs to be sized to its single converter, making any potential addition of any panels much more costly and highly unlikely. These are just a few great reasons why to make Yorkshire your solar Contractor of choice. Please give us a call and our knowledgeable team will be happy educate you and help in the decision process of what system will work best for you.
Again, there’s no better time – now is the BEST time to turn your house into a solar-powered home. So call us now and find out how we can help.