Solar energy has become more of a popular means in Utah to create energy rather than using other traditional energy methods.
When you’re driving down the Utah streets, you are more likely to see solar panels lining roofs than you would have seen ten years ago.
Solar energy has definitely risen in popularity, but how exactly does it work and what are the benefits of it?
How do metal panels on a roof make your lights turn on in your home?
That’s a great question and we’re here to give you the info.
How does solar energy work?
A solar panel consists of a layer of silicon cells, a metal frame, a glass casing and various wiring to allow current to flow from the silicon cells.
Silicon is a nonmetal with conductive properties that allow it to absorb and convert sunlight into electricity.
When light interacts with a silicon cell, it causes electrons to be set into motion, which initiates a flow of electric current.
This is known as the “photovoltaic effect,” and it describes the general functionality of solar panel technology.
Let’s break that down so we can all understand how the sun powers our homes.
Panels Collect Sunlight
First, solar panels collect the sunlight. Imagine yourself laying out by the pool in the Utah sun and soaking up all the rays you possibly can.
That’s basically what the solar panel is doing as well.
All solar panels have photovoltaic (PV) cells. PV cells take light, or photons, and turn the light into electricity.
When the sunlight hits the solar panels, PV cells start producing direct current (DC) electricity.
Solar Power Becomes Usable
The direct current electricity is pretty useless unless it is inverted.
Solar panels have inverters attached to them in order to convert the DC electricity into alternating current (AC) electricity.
The AC electricity is the electricity that powers your home. That’s the good stuff we’re looking for.
Electricity Is Used
Now comes the fun part–when your electricity is used to power your home!
Electricity starts its journey through the net meter and then makes its way to your appliance in order to power them up.
You don’t have to change a thing about how you run your electricity. It runs just as it did before.
No need to stress if your solar panels don’t produce enough energy to cover everything.
You will still be connected to a traditional power company so if by chance you need to, you can tap into their power for a time.
You might be wondering why you would need to continue being connected to a traditional power company when you are able to create your own power for your home.
The reason being is that the sun is not up 24/7. There’s that thing called nighttime and unfortunately, the moon doesn’t have the same effect on the solar panels that the sun does.
This is why it is beneficial to stay connected to your traditional power company.
Net metering is when your local utility company agrees to provide energy credits for any surplus power you produce and send back to the grid.
In some cases, these credits can roll over so you accrue them long-term, and some Utah utility companies will even give you money for the power you are creating with your solar panels.
Net metering all depends on your local utility company.
The net meter will be installed on the outside of your home and looks similar to the traditional electricity meter that you already have.
Your traditional meter only measures the energy you use, but the net meter measures the energy you use and the energy you give back to the company as well.
Is Solar The Right Option For Me?
We wish that solar was the best option for everyone but there may be times when it is not.
Utah, on average, has 222 sunshine filled days. That makes Utah a pretty good market for solar panels.
But how many days the sun is out is not the only factor that determines if solar energy is the right path for you.
The biggest determinant to see if your home is a good candidate for solar power is the direction that your roof is facing.
A roof that is facing south will definitely be able to produce enough power for your home.
Roofs that are facing west and east will most likely be able to power your home to its full capacity. North facing roofs are the roofs that are going to give you your biggest challenge.
Of all the four directions, these roofs are the worst at producing solar energy. Once you are able to determine the direction your roof faces, you will need to see how many hours your roof is actually getting hit by the sun.
The average direct sun hours is only 2.5 hours which is really not a ton of time in the whole scheme of things. If your home gets at least 2.5 hours of direct sunlight a day, it’s time to go solar!
Aces solar is a great option if you are looking to upgrade from a traditional electric source to a more energy efficient source.
What sets Aces Solar apart from the other solar companies out there is that we will perform an energy efficiency inspection before we tell you how many solar panels you need.
Our goal is that we can help you create a more energy efficient space, use less energy and then we will install the solar panels.
This means you won’t be buying more solar panels than you actually need.
Our goal is to cut your energy usage up front and then determine your electricity consumption so we can provide you with the proper amount of solar panels.
This saves you money!
Our installation process is relatively easy.
Installation of products is fast and efficient just like our products.
Our installation team is typically in and out the same day and can be scheduled as soon as 3 days after purchase.
If you feel like solar energy is a great option for you, fill out the form and we can get started!