The Basics of Solar Power
• Did you know it takes 8 minutes for the sun’s rays to reach the Earth?
• The Sun produces more energy in a single day than the Earth uses in an entire year.
• For the first time, 2014 saw more solar production come on-line in the U.S. than coal power plants.
• According to a 2014 UC Berkeley Study, it only takes 10 years for carbon pollution to reach its full negative effects vs. 40 years which had been previously determined.
How Solar Systems Works
Your solar system utilizes the sun’s rays to generate electricity. Each quality panel is made by connecting a series of individual solar cells. There are no moving parts. The electricity is sent through an inverter to convert to direct current (DC) electricity to alternating current (AC) electricity. This electricity can then be used for any grid-connected electrical need.
Solar Energy is Reliable
Photovoltaic (PV) technology is proven. It actually powers our satellites, our space crafts and is one of the cleanest, renewable energy sources. Some commercial Solar systems are over 50 years old and are still producing clean, natural power today. Imagine, creating your own micro-utility for your house, farm or business and generating your own clean power.
Environmental Benefits of Solar Energy
The sun is an extremely abundant natural resource. Virtually inexhaustible, you can harness the sun’s energy without harming the environment or diminishing anyone else’s ability to use it. Your Photovoltaic (PV) system is silent, renewable, and clean (producing no carbon emissions).
How Net Energy Metering Works
Annual Net Metering (NEM) allows solar customers to take advantage of retail energy rates for up to 100% of their energy needs. Any energy produced that is unused on-site goes into the grid and the customer is credited for the full retail value of when the energy was produced. Over a 12 month period, the customer will pay the net amount of the energy consumed and produced on site. This allows the customer to use the utility grid as if it were a battery storing energy for future use. Aside from monthly service and demand charges, customers are able to eliminate the entire energy portion of their bill.