Answers to frequently asked questions
Q. What's the best solar company near me?
Q. What is the future of solar energy?
Q. What's the future of solar power as a source of energy?
Q. When will solar panels be more affordable?
Is solar worth it in California?
Yes, solar is worth it in California because the cost of traditional electricity is expensive and the weather is typically very sunny year 'round.
Does solar energy create jobs?
Yes, solar energy creates lots of jobs. For example, research and development, manufacturing, salespeople, installers, design engineers, electricians and city permitters. As of December 2021, the California solar industry employs 75,000 workers and has invested $70 billion in the state’s economy (source).
Which renewable energy is better, wind or solar?
Renewable energies such as wind and solar both have pros and cons. Solar panels have no moving parts, require minimal maintenance, and take up less real estate than wind turbines.
Is solar energy efficient?
Solar energy loses a lot of potential as it is converted from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) via the inverter. The waste has been minimized over time as solar technology progresses and gets better. Keep in mind, since sunlight is abundant, renewable and clean, solar panel inefficiencies aren't really a concern.
Is it possible to power a household entirely by solar power?
Yes, you can power your household entirely by solar power but with a few caveats. First, your solar panels will only produce power when the sun is shining. To power your home at night (without relying on the public utility) you will need to have backup battery storage with enough charge to last until the battery can be charged again. Second, depending on how much energy your home consumes overall and at any peak moment in time, how much roof space is available for panels, and the wattage of each panel, will determine whether or not your household can be powered by your solar panels without interuption.
What's the typical lifetime of solar panels?
Your solar panels will produce energy for decades, however depending on the degradation rate they will continuously produce less energy over time and eventually be spent. nn
What's the best solar panel company?
There are many great solar panel companies out there, but the one that is right for you will depend on your specific needs and situation. Some factors to consider when choosing a solar panel company include the types of panels they offer, their warranty policy, installation process, and customer service.
How do solar panels store energy?
Energy produced by solar panels isn't actually store in the panel. The energy created is in the form of direct current (DC) and must be converted to alternating current (AC) via the inverter in order for it to be used in your home. If you want to store energy from your solar panels a battery is needed.
Why do you need an inverter for solar panels?
An inverter is needed to change the Direct Current (DC) power that is generated by solar panels into Alternating Current (AC) power, which is what is used in homes and businesses. Without an inverter, solar energy cannot be utilized.
Why do solar panels degrade?
The degradation of solar panels is due to the effects of ultraviolet light and electromagnetic radiation on photovoltaic cells. Roughly, 95% of all broken solar panels are caused by incidents such as hail damage, snow load damage, and insufficient lightning protection. It's not unusual for accidents like these to cause permanent corrosion that can't be fixed without replacing the whole unit or large portions thereof.
Can we use solar panels without a battery?
There are a few ways to use solar panels without a battery. One way is to use a power inverter to convert the DC current from the solar panels into AC current that can be used to power devices in your home. Another way is to use a grid-tied solar system. With this type of system, your solar panels are connected to the electrical grid and feed electricity back into the grid when your panels generate more electricity than you need. This excess electricity is then used by other people in your area.
How do solar panels work on a house?
There are a few different types of solar panels for houses, but broadly speaking solar power systems use photovoltaic cells to turn light energy from the sun into electricity. These photovoltaic cells collect photons of sunlight and convert them to electrons. There are a number of steps after this which normally take place at least partly on the house's roof, in addition the conversion of these electron packets into electricity through an inverter that can be used in your appliances or household devices.
A home can utilize a reusable storage option like a battery and/or utilities generally require you send back excess power to them through an inverter if you have more energy than you need at any given time.
Do solar panels make noise?
There is no noise associated with solar panels. Solar energy is produced by converting sunlight into electrical energy. Panels used to collect solar energy do not produce any sound.
What is solar energy?
Solar energy is a form of clean, renewable energy that comes from the sun. It is a traditional source of power that has been used for centuries, but with recent technological advances it has become popular for its efficiency and reliability.
What is the purpose to use solar energy?
The purpose to use solar energy is to reduce our dependency on fossil fuels and help preserve the environment.
Solar energy is a renewable resource, meaning that it can be used over and over again. It's also a clean energy source, meaning that it doesn't produce harmful emissions like fossil fuels do. When you use solar energy, you're helping to reduce air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions.
Plus, using solar energy is great for the environment. It helps conserve natural resources like coal and oil, and it reduces the amount of waste we produce. In fact, if everyone in the United States replaced their traditional electricity with solar power, it would save enough energy to power 3 million homes!
Why do we use solar panels?
Most likely, because they are environmentally sustainable and don't produce waste.
Solar panels can be used to power everything from your whole house, to your car, to remote energized homes in Africa. The best part is that solar energy doesn't pollute or create any sort of negative impact like other sources like gasoline do (fracking, spills).
What are solar panels?
Solar panels are devices that convert sunlight into electrical energy. The energy generated by solar panels can be used to power homes, businesses, and other applications. Solar panels typically include a number of photovoltaic cells which collect energy from the sun and convert it into electrical current.
What does solar energy look like?
Solar energy appears as light. When the sun shines on something, it emits photons--particles of light. These photons travel through the air until they hit a surface and are absorbed. That object then begins to emit its own photons, which travel in all directions until they're either absorbed by something else or lost into the atmosphere.
So when you see a sunny day, what you're actually seeing is a bunch of objects around you absorbing sunlight and emitting photons. The more brightly something glows, the more solar energy it's absorbing.
Q. What is Net Energy Metering (NEM)?
A. Net energy metering (NEM) is a billing system for customers of electric utilities who generate their own electricity using solar power, wind power, or other forms of renewable energy.
Under NEM, the customer's utility company measures the amount of energy the customer's renewable generator produces and credits that amount against the customer's monthly electric bill. This means that if a customer generates more energy than they use in a month, they can receive a credit on their next month's utility bill.
In California, net energy metering has been in place since 1997 and has helped contribute to the state's leadership in installed solar capacity. More than 1.5 million Californians now participate in NEM.