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Category: Solar-System

05 Feb 2020
Solar Energy. A Long Run Saviour

Why is the U.S. Government a Big Proponent of Solar Energy?

While there is no denying the fact that solar energy is the best renewable energy resource, people are still hanging back in terms of making a decision to opt for solar energy. Reasons for which might be the lofty initial cost or the unfavorable weather in a particular area. However, the government is constantly trying to rally the general public behind the idea of opting for solar energy by offering various, rather handsome benefits and rebate offers to the general public. However, it is to be borne in mind on the part of the general public that installing solar panels is a decision that is likely to bring about the greater good to the masses. That greater good would be in terms of the long term benefits that can be enjoyed at large. Following are some of the important factors that everyone can benefit from:

  • Preservation of the Conventional Sources of Energy is one of the factors that can be greatly beneficial. Electricity is a heavily relied upon source of energy and is being generated through various means from water to combustible fuel. The means through which the energy is produced, are gradually running low and the threat of the shortage of the conventional means of energy means a threat to the entire energy sector. With solar panels installed by the majority of homeowners and business, a considerable amount of the conventional means of energy generation can be done and the danger of massive energy shortage can be averted. 
  • Installing solar panels shall also be beneficial for the society on the whole as the cost of electricity is also likely to reduce significantly due to the preservation of the conventional sources of energy. The solar energy users shall not only be able to benefit from the incentives and rebates, but also, with the overall reduction in the costs of utility, everyone shall be able to enjoy the benefits of having a health energy reserve at a much cheaper rate.
  • Preservation of the environment is perhaps one of the biggest reasons why the government is pushing for solar panel installation to become a norm among businesses and homeowners. The atmospheric conditions are depleting by the minute with the excessive use of machines, substances and means of generating energy that is non-friendly to the environment. Installation of solar panels can significantly reduce the the production of harmful gases and considerably preserve the environment for everyone to enjoy a healthy climate.

There is of course the underlying point whereby the government seeks to create convenience for themselves by laying off some of the burden from the local grid stations. However, it bears mentioning that if the homeowners and the businesses cut the grid some slack by going solar, the masses shall be better off as they shall get to enjoy the benefits such as a cleaner environment, low utility costs and preservation of the conventional sources of energy. With that said, it is high time that we acknowledge the wisdom behind the government’s insistence and opt for solar to enjoy the aforementioned benefits.

28 Jan 2020
What Happens Once The Solar Panels Complete Their Life?

What Happens Once The Solar Panels Complete Their Life?

As of the current decade, a huge amount of homeowners have opted for solar energy all across the United States. With that said, there is a great likelihood that these panels will reach the end of their useful life around the same time. Now one must wonder, what happens 20 years down the line if and when all the solar panels complete their life all together? The answers that come to mind are; shortage of panels, supply not meeting the demand, inflated prices, compromised product quality, market instability etc. However, these are the watchouts that are being preempted in advance by the manufacturers and field experts.

Apparently there are two work-arounds of the said concerns. One would be the mass manufacturing of the panels, which is likely to result in the aforementioned problems such as increase in prices, decrease in quality, insufficient supply, poor quality etc. However, there is a more practical solution to the said concern, namely, Panel Recycling. Now even though the United States is still in the formative stages of solar panel recycling techniques, there are still some expert organizations that are actively working on panel recycling. The practice being followed to recycle the panels as of right now is as follows:

Silicon PanelsThin-Film Panels
The panels are first disassembled and the crystals are taken apart from the aluminium.The panels are first shredded so that the lamination can be removed.
For the intent of reuse, the glass is then put through the thermal treatment. In that process, the plastic residues are evaporated and the glass melted for reuse.The solids are separated from the liquids with the aid of a rotating screw and the film is removed by the aid of acid and peroxide.
The photovoltaic cell modules are then physically taken apart so as to make sure that they are reusable.The inter-layers of the panels are then removed through intense vibrations. Once the glass is separated, it is then washed.
The silicon wafers are then chemically etched away.The semi-conduction components and then re-utilized
The silicon wafers are then taken through the intense thermal treatment so as for them to be reused.The glass is put through the thermal treatment and is then re-utilized.

Solar panels offer numerous benefits as they are, however, with the added benefit of recyclability, the benefit increases two-folds. The market can be sustained for a long period of time while the manufacturers can still focus on bringing about new and improved products to the market, offering the best solar energy systems to the benefit of the homeowners as well as the environment.

14 Jan 2020
Solar Panels VS Winter Season

Solar Panels VS Winter Season

It’s no news that, owing to the soaring utility costs and plummeting power resources has people looking for alternative and viable means of power generation for their homes and business. With that said, by far the most favorable renewable source energy option in the market, is solar energy. Luckily, with the emergence of a whole home solar industry and the active endorsement from the government over the past few years, people have started to gravitate to the emerging paradigm of opting for solar energy to power up their homes and businesses. However, apparently many regions in the north are yet to catch up to the trend.

Evidently, what impedes them from going solar, is the weather of their region. People from the northern region tend to develop the idea that the weather conditions wouldn’t allow the optimum power generation and because of that, the panels would become an liability rather than a facility. With that in mind, we would like to set the record straight and educate the dwellers of the north regarding the benefits of solar energy. Following are the points that you must bear in mind:

  • First of all, it is important for people to understand that the panels only cease to produce energy in complete absence of the sun, that is, at night or during an eclipse. To be clear, even during the overcast the panels are likely to generate electricity unless they are completely caked with filth or snow. That’s not to say that the power generation wouldn’t be diminished compared to that during a sunny day, but the power can be generated from the sunlight even on a cloudy day nonetheless.
  • Secondly, there is a common misunderstanding among the homeowners from north that the ‘cold weather’ impedes solar energy production. Instead, it might be good news for some homeowners that the cold weather actually enhances energy production. During intense heat of the summer days, the solar power systems tend to overheat, which impedes their energy production capacity. While during the cold weather, given the correct amount of sun exposure, the panels are likely to produce more energy as compared to those in a hot region.
  • People tend to argue that the peak sun hours are not enough for the panels to generate sufficient power. They are right to an extent. Our argument is that if the panels are exposed to at least 3 hours of sufficient sunlight during the day, it is enough to generate power that can last an entire day, depending on the use of homeowners.

Understandably, some homeowners from the north region still require a little more convincing to be sure about the utility of solar panels at their homes. To have that reassurance, it is advisable to have a solar expert visit your home, assess your situation and provide you with a decent solution. Basically, when all is said and done, .

08 Jan 2020
California. The Home of Solar

Solar Energy – The Right Way to Go in California

The state of California has been big on solar since the last 20 years. Being among the sunniest regions in the entire US with an ideal atmosphere, California is perhaps one of the most ideal locations for solar power generation, which is why it ranks on top of the list as the largest producer of renewable energy in the entire US. Since California is home to the largest solar power stations in the world, the state generates more than 24,000 Gigawatts per hour which is a significantly large amount of energy. However, not all of it can be accredited to the power stations since California is also number 1 in terms of number of homes that opt for solar energy. As of this day, the number of homeowners having opted for solar energy sits at slightly over 6.3 million homes.

The California state government are huge proponents of solar energy have ambitious plans and goals for the future of energy generation. Numerous rules and strategies have been put in place in order to achieve the ultimate benchmark, that is, 100% electricity generation through renewable resources by 2045. While there is encouraging general notion from the government’s side about solar energy, the prospects of solar energy appear quite promising regardless of that as well. Following are a few reasons why solar energy in California is the right way to go:

  • First off, as per the recent census data compiled by SEIA, California boasts the highest number of solar homes in the country. Almost 45% of all homes in California have opted for Solar Energy. The number of homes and the overall renewable energy contributing to the grid, the utility bills are likely to be completely eliminated within a few years’ time. Which is why California is the ideal region to opt for solar energy.
  • Secondly, we have the lovely California Sun. The weather in California is ideal in order to get the maximum power from the solar energy system. The optimum sunlight last for at least 4 hours a day in the majority of areas. By virtue of the long hours of daylight, the solar panels in California climate can generate enough energy to take the entire home through the day. Also, the homeowners can end up making money from the net metering mechanism, provided that their utility bills are not too high.
  • Lastly, the government has been offering generous incentives to those who opt to go solar. Let us talk about the Investment Tax Credit (ITC). ITC is one of the most important enactments related to solar energy. Under this program, the government offers a 30% tax rebate upon the total tax that is incurred on the cost of going solar. The 30% rebate is only available until the end of 2019. Afterwards, the rebate is likely to be brought down to 26%. Furthermore, the California state government has launched a Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) that provides rebates of up to $400 to homeowners who have opted to go solar, for their solar battery. The offer is set to last until 2025.

The paradigm shift is in full swing in California with a large number of people opting for solar on a rather frequent basis. Plenty of solar energy providers in California are offering various packages and installment plans to the prospects to make the decision a lot easier for them. With the government incentives and other advantages, now happens to be the ideal time to opt for Solar.

02 Jan 2020
Solar Energy Company

Know Your Solar Company: A Few “Must-Ask” Questions

Solar energy, by virtue of being abundant, environmentally friendly and easy on the pocket (in the long term) is undeniably beneficial for homeowners across the United States. However, it is not to be forgotten that it requires a fairly heavy initial investment and must be of the right quality in order to work properly and stick around for the long-haul. It may seem quite obvious but with the rising number of service providers, it becomes quite hard to tell apart the favorable option from the unfavorable. There is of course a lot of research and deliberation to be done so as to shortlist the options based off of the easily available secondary information. Once the shortlisting is done with, the homeowners must then reverify some of the important bits of information directly from the company representatives themselves in order to finalize the decision. With that in mind, following are the questions that the homeowners must know the answers to before hiring the services of a solar energy company:

  • Analyzing the Word Of Mouth

Best best source to assess a company’s services is of course the word of mouth. By inquiring about the level of satisfaction of the already onboard customer, you can have a much better understanding of where the company stands among the competition. Each and every strength and/or shortcoming is likely highlighted in the feedback that the company has been getting from the customers. If the company is confident in their quality of services, they might even get you in touch with one of their esteemed customers.

  • Knowing the Years in the Market

In order to be assured of the companies competence, you can also start by asking how long the company has been around. The number of years would imply that the company has a strong footing in the industry, a substantial number of satisfied customers and a healthy revenue cycle that has been keeping the company afloat for that amount of time. It is also likely that a veteran company in the field would also have a large number of expert professionals onboard, as the expert themselves wouldn’t want to associate with the novice companies.

  • Understanding the Order Of Activities

Even though modern technology has made things a lot easier such that they can even be done remotely through cloud based analysis and communication, the upfront analysis of everything is a must. For example, site visit is something that requires touch and feel of the surface where the panels are to be put, the state of wiring and the amount of sunlight throughout the day. Also, the experts must discuss the details such as credit score and utility bills upfront so as to let the other homeowner know clearly which type of system and which installment plan should be optimal in their particular situation.

  • Warranty

As with any other product, warranty is obviously a very crucial part of solar panel installation. With that said, it is mandatory on the part of homeowners to make sure of the following:

  • A guarantee of how much the solar system is likely to produce in a particular situation. If the performance isn’t up to the mark, you should be able to claim the warranty.
  • The hardware repairs and/or replacement should be made a part of the warranty plan. The repair/replacement terms should be to the homeowners’ utmost convenience.
  • Ideally, the cost of labor should also be covered in the warranty. But if there is a price to be paid, it should favor the customer.

Going solar is a big decision that should be taken seriously. And in the interest of utter satisfaction, homeowners should never settle for anything less than the best solar energy service provider in the market.

18 Dec 2019
Learn if Solar is Good for You

“Does Solar Energy Work in My Situation?” – A Pertinent Question Finally Answered:

Solar energy has generated a lot of buzz among homeowners across the US lately thanks to the alluring promotional ads and encouraging testimonials from the customers who have taken the brave initiative of going solar. However, at the same time, the customers are looking for answers to the questions that can help them determine whether or not solar power system installation would be a smart decision for them.

When it comes to knowing the answer to such a specific question, there is definitely a fair amount of homework involved. The fact remains that you could opt for the best solar energy system in the market but it won’t be effective if a certain set of prerequisites are not fulfilled. The homeowners must do the homework themselves in order to find out whether or not opting for solar energy would be a smart choice in their particular situation. It must be accounted for, that opting for solar energy might not be a particularly fruitful decision for some people, especially if their end goal is to enjoy the financial benefits as a certain set of financial and natural provisions must be in place for the solar panel installation to be a lucrative venture. Following are a few determinants that can tell whether or not solar energy is the way to go for a particular homeowner:

Natural Determinants:

  • In order for the panels to work properly, the location must have maximum Sun Exposure. Which is why, usually summer time is ideal for solar power generation as the peak sun hours during summer is at the maximum and the solar radiations are at an optimal rate, which keeps the solar panels richly nourished with energy that could last an entire day and provide plenty of financial returns down the road.
  • Regional Climate is also one of the key determinants of whether or not there is any money to be made from going solar. If you are a homeowner that resides in an area near the equator, solar energy can generate a plentiful amount of energy and help the homeowners reap huge dividends courtesy of the long peak sun hours and a warmer overall climate. In cold areas where the peak sun hours are short and the sunlight is scarce, one might think that the solar energy wouldn’t work. However, contrary to popular belief, the concentrated photovoltaic cells can not only capture the scarce sunlight, but also absorb the ambient light in the area and generate a sufficient amount of power from it.

Financial Determinants:

  • One of the key financial determinants of whether or not solar energy would be sufficient are the Utility Bills. The more the utility bill, the more the savings. If the utility bills are less than $150 or $200, the returns are likely to arrive a little later than one would want.
  • Credit Score is also a key determinant in terms of whether or not a person would qualify for solar energy installation plans. People usually buy solar on an installment plan because of the hefty overall amount. With that said, a prospect can only apply for an installment plan if the credit score is over 700. The homeowners with a credit score lower than 700 might have a hard time paying off the installments, which would lead to solar being an unfavorable deal. 

The following are a few important prerequisites that determine whether or not going solar is a favorable option. However, it is always better to get an expert’s point of view so as to be sure of favorability of opting for solar energy.

13 Dec 2019
Benefits of Going Solar

Financial Benefits of Going Solar in Washington State

Washington area might seem to be an unlikely place to opt for solar energy due to the weather and the overall climate. However, it is important to note that the Washington state government is offering excellent incentives to the homeowners who are courageous and far-sighted enough to acknowledge the long term benefits of going solar. Although the process has its fair-share of challenges, the incentive deals and savings opportunities are undeniable and much more appealing for the homeowners to be willing to put-up with the challenges. Here are a few financial benefits of opting for solar energy that are offered to homeowners in the state of Washington:

  • The Return On Investment (ROI) from investing upon Solar Energy is plentiful to say the least. As you begin to compare it with other forms of investments such as stocks, commodities or even property, Solar Investment stands out. For instance, upon calculation it was revealed by a few experts that if you place a solar power system that produces around 5kW of energy, on average you shall get the ROI of about 6%, which is a fairly generous figure.
  • The Washington State Government launched a scheme called the Renewable Energy Cost Recovery Incentive Payment program, which dictates that a solar customer shall receive a dollar against every Kilo-Watt of energy that his/her system produces, which would be on top of the payment that s/he receives upon sending surplus energy produced by the system back to the grid under net-metering. This implies that, thanks to the said incentive program, the ROI can be brought up to a whopping 17%.
  • The solar panel installation has become a lot cheaper over time owing to the growing demand and supply. The costs have come down to as low as $15,000 for the 5 kW solar energy systems. On average, 15 kWh of energy is generated by a system per day, which adds up to 5700 kWh a year approx. Given that the average homeowner in the Washington state uses almost 12000 kWh of energy per year, the utility bills can be slashed by almost 50%.
  • The outlying expense i.e. sales tax in the Washington state is 9%, but that too can be evaded under Washington’s Solar Tax Exemption program. Furthermore, as a part of the federal Income Tax Credit (ITC) you can cut the outlay down to 30%, enabling you to save about $5000 from the net cost.
  • If you are ready, willing and able to go solar, the state government will not incur any taxes on you for roofing, purchase and installation of panels, getting the services of contractors and designers.
  • If you happen to reside in the Snohomish County PUD area, you can get $300 per kW capacity of the system, after your system has been installed and is in working condition.

These are just a few of the straight-forward incentives being offered by the Washington State. We say straight-forward because, if you analyze the taxation and rebate model of the state thoroughly, you can save a lot more money by cashing in on the plethora of incentives being offered by the Washington State to the Solar Customers.

05 Nov 2019
Roof Type & Solar. Know What Works Well Together.

Solar Installation VS Roof – What Works & What Doesn’t?

Although the idea of opting for solar energy is quite appealing on its own and is being encouraged on a state level by the government as well, the solar panel installation itself requires a certain degree of compliance. Since most of the homeowners only have the required space for solar panel installation on their roof-tops especially in the suburbs, the solar company has to make sure that whether or not the roof is compatible. The following are a few things to consider about your roof as and when you decide to go solar:

  • Roof Type – The first order of business should be to know the type of roof surface you have. Solar panel installation is a process that requires the roof surface to be of a certain type. Following are a few common roof types that solar customers usually have:
    • Wooden Roof – There are some homeowners that prefer wooden roofs instead of metal or cement roof, therefore, it is one of the most common roof-types found in the suburbs. With that said, even though the panels can be mounted on the wooden roof surface, it is advisable not to on account of fire-hazard or proneness to damage. 
    • Tile Roof – Tile roof is also among the commonly found roof types. Incase of tiles, it is very important to account for the type of tiles since the tiles themselves can be made out of various materials and each type of materials incurs its own labour cost. For instance, installing solar on concrete tiles can be a lot cheaper as compared to installing solar on clay tiles as they are more delicate and fragile as compared to concrete.
    • Metal Roof – One of the most commonly found and most favorable types for solar panel installation is the metal roofs with standing seams. The open slots all across the surface make it easy for the technicians to mount the brackets. Due to the ease in installation and a sturdy structure, the cost of labour incurred on the metal roof is perhaps the cheapest.
    • Gravel Roof – Gravel roof is also amongst the compatible and rather commonly found roof types in the suburbs. Usually, these rooftops are completely flat, which implies that there is a need to set the brackets at an angle to make sure that the panels capture maximum amount of light.
    • Shingle Roof – Shingle roof type is the most commonly found and usually the most favorable for solar panel installation. The shingles are made from fiber-glass, cellulose mat, asphalt and other minerals, the shingles are highly durable and very easy to work on. Solar panel installation service providers prefer this roof-type above all else and charge much less fee for working upon it as well.
  • Roof Angle – The roof angle is critical in making sure that the sunlight is processed to the optimum. Most of the homes have roofs at a 30-40 degree angle and the sun exposure is the best on such angles. If the roof is steeper than the said angles, the sunlight would be hard to come by, which will hinder the power generation process. Incase of a flat-roof, the brackets can be placed at an angle to make sure that the sun exposure is ideal.
  • Roof Direction – This is perhaps the most critical element of solar panel installation. The sun exposure is not necessarily a 100% all-around all day, which implies that the placement of the panels should be done in a particular direction where there are no trees or other objects casting a shade. In general terms, the ideal direction of the panels should be towards the equator as that is the general direction where the sun shines the most. The accuracy of the angle should ideally be 100% nut if the angle is inaccurate by more than 10 degrees, the solar panels shall not provide the desired amount of power.

Hiring an ideal solar installation company can help take care of all such concerns. Perfect Solar Home happens to be one of the service providers that, with the help of its excellent customer services and a well-versed team of solar experts, enjoys the privilege of serving happy customers around the US. If you’re looking for a faithful company to have the solar installed, you should definitely shortlist Perfect Solar Homes.

29 Oct 2019
Know Solar Before You Go Solar.

Most Pertinent Questions By Solar Customers Answered

With the rise in popularity of the solar panels due to the emergence of various service providers in the industry as well as the encouragement from the state government, people are gradually being drawn to the idea of going solar. However, as with any up and coming product, service or trend, there are a lot of different questions surfacing among the buyer’s community. Following are the answers to some of the most pertinent questions that are being asked by the potential customers:

How does the solar power system work?

The solar panels are made of certain materials that react to the sunlight and produce Direct Current (DC). The current is then transferred to the DC inverter where it is converted to Alternate Current (AC) and is then transferred to the entire wiring of the house or a commercial building.

How many panels are Sufficient for My Home/Business?

This question is perhaps the most pertinent among all customers. Unfortunately, it is also a question that can only be answered in real-time by a solar expert as s/he visits your home and examines your property. The effectiveness of a solar energy system is dependent on factors such as the area of the property, roof angle, roof surface among many other things. All of these factors must be accounted for to know whether or not a certain system would be sufficient. However, one thing that is for certain is that the system only ceases to generate power in case of the absence of the sun itself, i.e. at night or during the eclipse. During the day time, the system will always make power, provided it’s not covered in snow or filth.

Can a homeowner go off-grid after having a solar energy system installed?

Depending on the laws of the state where you are stationed, you can go off-grid. However, it is advisable not to, since it is a highly cost-intensive process. Plus, in case the off-grid setup goes haywire, there wouldn’t any backup power and you would have to bear through a complete blackout for as long as the system gets fixed. Staying with the grid is only a ‘once in a long time’ expense whereby, once connected, you only have to pay for the electricity that you use over and above that of which is generated by your system. Also, through net metering, if your system generates surplus electricity, that surplus energy will be transferred to the grid, in which case, you shall receive credit from the government.

When does the system start paying dividends?

Getting the best solar panel system installed in the market can be a bit expensive and time-consuming. However, as mentioned before, it is only a one-time expense and once installed the dividends don’t take long to appear in the electric bills. If used right, an Efficient solar panel system can help you break-even by a year’s time or slightly more.

Are there any additional benefits apart from the savings?

Now is the most opportune to opt for solar energy, since the government is actually encouraging homeowners to go solar by offering tax credits, rebates and incentives. Although, as discussed above, going solar can be an expensive affair, yet still, with all of the incentives and savings opportunities makes for a complete win-win situation for all homeowners in the long run.

16 Oct 2019
Become a Solar Prosumer & Produce Your Own Electricity.

Being a Solar Prosumer: Things You Should Know

Ever since net-metering became a ‘thing’, an interesting dynamic is starting to emerge within the energy sector in the USA market. The short-fall of conventional means of power generation and the consequent rise in cost has prompted numerous homeowners across the states to opt for solar energy. This has not only resulted in a substantial amount of weight lifted off of the local electricity grid stations but has also resulted in the emergence of a bunch of donors that actually provide electricity to the local grid stations. These donors are known as ‘prosumers’.

The term ‘Prosumer’ is an amalgamation of the words ‘producer’ and ‘consumer’. What makes a person a prosumer is that the person, after having installed the solar panels, can produce as well as consume their own electricity. The electricity produced by the solar panels in surplus is then transferred to the local grid, against which, the prosumer is then credited back by the government. However, to know what being a prosumer means, you must know the following:

  • The prosumers can enjoy the privilege of sending the surplus energy to the grid and making money off of it. But they cannot sell the electricity that they generate to anyone else. The power supply channels are only connected to the national grid hence making it impossible to have the surplus electricity share with the rest of the community. Also because doing so could result in legal action from the government.
  • The solar panels produce various amounts of electricity during various situations and against various kinds of solar panels being used. This implies that the prosumers cannot produce surplus electricity all year round. Hence, it is advisable for homeowners to not consider going off-grid since of insufficient energy generation on a cold day or due to a technical glitch, could result in a complete power outage.
  • The 3rd and most important point is the fact that, regardless of the situation or technology in use, being a consumer can most certainly help you save a significant amount of money. Being connected to the grid can allow you compensation in your utility bills with however much amount of electricity that you have generated.

By opting for solar energy, you can play your part in ensuring a clean and healthy environment and also promote clean and green energy. Being a prosumer has a fair share of benefits which is why it would be wise for all homeowners to opt for solar power and become a contributor to the energy sector as well as the environment sooner rather than later.