05 Oct Everything You Need to Know About Residential Solar
At Vision Solar, we do our best to educate our customers in order for them to fully understand every aspect of their new and great investment. Residential solar power is s a very complex concept. So, to help you, we have been doing our best to write about each individual topic. This detailed process can help you be more confident in your decision to install residential solar power to your home.
1. Collection of Sunlight
The first step in your solar panels powering your home begins with the collection of sunlight. It only takes about 8.5 minutes for the sun’s photons, particles that carry energy, to travel 93 million miles to Earth. When those photons reach our solar panels, the energy is converted into usable electricity.
2. Conversion of Sunlight to Energy
Our solar cells, or photovoltaic (PV) cells, are the most important components of your panels. The PV cells are made with several different types of materials, such as monocrystalline silicon, polycrystalline silicon, and thin film. They are manufactured with a positive and negative layer to mimic the electric field of a battery. This allows PV cells to serve as semiconductors that capture the photons from sunlight and transform them into direct current (DC) electricity. This electricity is what will directly power your home.
3. Excess Energy
Your panels will almost always produce more energy than what you are using. At Vision Solar, we always ensure that you have enough panels on your roof to power your home with no worries of ever running out or running short. Because of this, you will have excess energy created. This excess energy will help power your home through the night and also through days where sunlight may not be as strong. Along with this, you can receive a credit for any of the excess energy that is not being used. This is achievable through the process of net metering.
4. Your Savings
Your savings are one of the most important aspects of your entire solar panel installation. We know that you have taken the time to do your research, so we have taken the time to do ours. We are constantly in search of new technology to improve your panels, which in return will help to save you more money. Currently, homeowners can save upwards of 20% on their monthly electric bill. Annually, homeowners can see a thousand dollar difference in their savings, just from their switch to solar.