By now, most of us know that sunlight is a major contributor to clean, solar power energy. Southern California receives an abundant amount of sunshine all year round. With that said, many of us may not know just how solar power works. How do solar panels create clean, renewable energy?
Did you know that the amount of the sun’s energy that reaches Earth daily averages to a whopping 35,000 times greater than the amount human’s use? This amazing amount of energy can be harnessed into renewable, usable, clean energy when you install solar panels on your roof or on the ground near home or building. Solar panel cells absorb this energy throughout the day. From there, the circuits within the cells collect that energy. The cells then turn that energy into DC electricity. The inverter then converts this DC current collected by the panels into usable AC current. Southern California is an ideal location for the installation of solar panels. Plenty of sunshine means plenty of energy to convert!
The Solar Panel System Equipment
In order to take advantage of the sun’s energy, you need to have something that is able to harness the energy of the sun. In other words, you will need a Solar PV (photovoltaic) system on your rooftop or on the ground floor. A solar PV system will have four main components:
1. Solar photovoltaic panels or solar panels: collect and convert the sun’s energy into clean electricity. Today’s solar panels are either Poly-crystalline or Mono-crystalline panels. We recommend the use of Mono-crystalline solar panels for greater efficiency.
2. Inverters: solar inverters change the DC current from the solar panels into usable AC current. It is passed through the inverter. This electricity can then be used by your home or commercial building or fed back into the power grid. You can get a credit on your bill when your meter runs in reverse and the excess electricity is fed back into the grid (thanks to producing more electricity than you need.)
3. Racking and mounting systems: there are two ways you can mount solar panels, fixed mount or track mount. Fixed mounting is the only option for rooftop solar PV systems. Track mounts cannot be installed on a rooftop, though this type of mounting can increase the solar panel’s electricity by up to 30% or more, so keep that in mind.
4. Performance monitoring systems: our monitoring system provides you with the detailed information on the performance of your solar panel system. We offer on-site monitoring, which is a device that is physically located on your property. Remote monitoring lets your solar PV system transmit its performance data to a monitoring device you can access via your computer online or mobile devices.
Do you want to learn more? Are you ready to go solar? If so, contact us for an estimate based on the size of your roof. Find out how much solar can save you. Contact us today.