As we know, sunlight contains energy. When light hits your skin, or the sidewalk, or ice cream, atoms vibrate to produce heat. However, not all materials act the same way when exposed to light.
Here's what you need to know.
Solar panels provide free electricity that can be used at your location, with any excess power sold back to the utility company. So in the daytime when solar is strong and you don't use all of the free solar electricity, it gets "put in the bank" - basically using the utility company as a battery. Then at night or on a cloudy day, this extra power that has been previously "saved" can be withdrawn and used at no cost.
The panels are installed on a mounting platform - for residential customers this usually means the roof. It's best not to aim the panels towards the north, the panels will perform best if aimed generally in a southerly direction. They are safe and simple to install using time-tested procedures.
The solar panels (called PV panels) produce electricity which can be used, or sold to the utility company and dramatically reduce or eliminate your utility bill for power consumption. It is also possible for you to add batteries and create an off-grid system that has no power company connection, although in most areas of the USA this is not cost effective. It's generally better to simply use the utility company as the battery, with the standard configuration, although new cost-effective solar batteries are now available that allow more options, see our solar batteries in the product section.
The panels connect to an inverter, which converts the solar power to normal 120/240 volt electricity. The inverter connects to your main circuit breaker panel.
Once the system is installed it should produce electricity for 25-30 years or longer (estimated useful lifespan is 50+ years and is guaranteed for 25 years).
To get a quote on a complete solar power system, with or without installation, please contact us or call us at 1-866-577-5277