Sol-Ark

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Is It Time For You To “Go Green”?

 

Alternate energy sources such as “solar panels” are picking up speed due to their obvious benefits. Prime reasons for their popularity, which is slow but expected to increase, include “lower utility bills” and “less harm to the environment”. By installing a solar panel, you can decrease the carbon footprint of your household by as much as 25,180 pounds of carbon dioxide on average, yearly.

Quick fact: Home solar penetration is less than 12 percent currently but it is expected to grow by 30 percent, reaching 83 million homes by 2023. 

Environmental benefits aside, solar panel installation brings about a ton of benefits. Let’s take a look at a few notable ones.

Long-Term Benefits

Solar panels power the house by transforming sunlight into energy that is converted into electricity for households. This process is enabled through photo-voltaic cells, which can be very costly to purchase initially. However, since its introduction, solar panel prices have dropped by as much as 60 percent, and with the many federal and local tax incentives, it could all be well worth it in the long run. 

Renewable Energy Source

Solar power is a renewable energy source. After dark, storm, or rain, we all know that the sun will be up to power our homes the next morning. As opposed to this, the conventional electricity in our homes is powered by oil, which is a limited resource. It may not end anywhere in the near future, but once scarcity reaches a certain level, conventional means of electricity generation will face tough times.

Benefits Your Home As Well As the Environment

Solar panels will help lower your utility bills or eliminate them completely if you plan to power everything in your home with a solar panel. However, most people opt for 50 to 80 percent of their homes being powered by a solar panel, resulting in significant cost reduction in utility bills. 

It creates no noise and generates no pollution harming the environment as opposed to electricity generating machines that emit harmful greenhouse gases. 

Easy Installation 

Installing a solar panel isn’t difficult and typically takes a few days. We provide professional solar panel installation services to residents as well as commercial business. Our specialists will work with you to help you get your solar panel installed, helping you preserve the environment as well as benefit your home. 

Our team will ensure that your solar panel grid is satisfactorily installed and integrated into the power system. Serving the South Central Missouri area for well over a decade now, and having been involved with multiple solar panel installations in the area, we understand the technology and conform to the highest standards of customer service. 

The majority of people are making the switch while they can, and you too would be well advised to do so in order to benefit yourself and the environment. We think it is definitely time for us all to “go green” now. To request a consultation today, call us at (417) 948-1205.


How Does Residential Solar Power System Work?


What is the most abundant renewable resource on our planet? You have guessed it correctly – it is solar power. The technology behind solar power may seem intimidating and intricate to some people, but it is not really that difficult. The solar generated power makes use of technology that has been tested since the 19th century. So if you are thinking about fixing a solar panel at the roof of your house, then you must increase your understanding of how a residential solar power system works. 

How Does a Home Solar Power System Work?

  • Properly installed solar panels in direct sunlight on the roof of your house are used to convert the rays of the sun into DC electricity. The solar panels are composed of photovoltaic (PV) cells.

  • The direct current produced by the solar cells is directed to the inverter through wires which is used to convert the DC electricity into AC power. 

  • From the inverter, the current flows to the service panel of the house for distribution. The electricity is fed to power the household.

  • Additionally, a digital tracking meter can be installed to calculate the total power consumption of your house. Sometimes, these tracking devices are also equipped with online monitors or display system as well to monitor how efficiently the system is working.

  • During daytime, when there is surplus electricity than the consumption requirements, the extra power is fed back to the power grid. The energy meter of your house will start spinning in the reverse direction when this occurs. 

  • Some governments buy this extra renewable energy from house owners. You will generate revenue to remunerate the cost of initial investment on the solar panels. 

  • However, at night if the household uses more energy than is being produced by the solar panel, then the additional energy is drawn from the power grid. 

Investing in harnessing the power of the sun is the most intelligent thing you can do as it reaps many benefits in the long run for the environment, yourself and your standard of living.  


Installing Solar Panels on Your Home?

Solar technology has been around since the 1960s when it was used by NASA to power its satellites. However, in the past 10 years, it has reached our homes and offices owing to its obvious benefits. Today, solar panels have a significant market but their entrance into the mainstream residential market remains somewhat hindered. 

If you're thinking about investing in solar energy as a way to reduce energy bills and produce clean energy with no gas emissions, here are some things to consider before making the leap:

Surroundings

The surroundings can affect the electricity production from the solar panels. You have to be careful about towering shade trees and tall shadow casting buildings. There should be no shadow on your solar panel during the sunniest hours, which are typically from 10 am to 2 pm. Also remember that the different types of panels react differently to shade so you must be careful while choosing one. A poly crystalline panel produces less output if any part of it is shaded, while a mono crystalline panel will produce no output at all in case a part of it is shaded.

Maintenance

Solar panels are part of a stationary system; there are no moving parts to worry about. Once your solar panel is installed correctly, the one thing you have to worry about to keep them running efficiently is the maintenance. The important thing is to keep them clean because dirty panels can end up getting less sunlight. The amount of electricity produced can be reduced by as much as 7 percent due to dust buildup. Cleaning is necessary only one to four times in a year using a hose and nozzle.

Insolation Rating

Every area receives different amounts of sunlight and if you're considering installing solar panels, you must know your area's insolation rating. Insolation is the measurement of the amount of solar radiation reaching the ground during a specific time period. In simple words, it will tell you how much sunlight you would potentially be able to convert into electricity; the higher the isolation rating, the more favorable the output. 

Size 

Most people think that they require a solar panel as big as the house. The size does not determine the production of energy from the solar panel rather the amount of sunlight reaching the surface does. If you live in a high insolation rating region, you might be able to power your house with a smaller panel and vice versa. 

End Note

Before installing your solar panel, make sure you consider all these things and seek advice and opinion from industry experts. Team has the experience and expertise to help you install solar panels in your home in the West plains area. If you're willing to take the leap give us a call today (417) 948-1205.