Residential solar power is more affordable than ever with federal and in some instances state and local financial incentives. Once your system is installed, your utility bill will potentially be zero and reliance on utility companies will be merely as an emergency back-up.
Photovoltaic cells power homes by directly converting sunlight into electricity. One common argument against relying on solar energy for electricity is that the sun only shines during the day, and depending where you live, it does not shine 365 days a year. Rechargeable batteries are used to store excess electricity generated during the day for use at night. Another way to provide electricity at night is called net metering which basically uses the utility company’s grid as an electricity storage vehicle. In net metering, a homeowner sells any excess electricity generated by day to the transmission company’s grid. This establishes a credit for the homeowner which will offset any demand for electricity from the grid at those times when the solar energy system cannot provide the needed electricity.
Created in 1954 by Bell Labs, photovoltaic (PV) cells were initially used to power satellites in outer space. Today, businesses and homes are powered by individual photovoltaic cell systems. The average house will use a group of ten to twenty solar panels called an array, to provide electric power. Each solar panel is comprised of individual modules that hold forty cells each and are then mounted in one of two ways. They can be mounted facing constantly south, or they can be attached to a track which would permit them to follow the sun which allows the panels to collect the maximum amount of solar energy. Electric utility companies and large industrial users of electricity create large electric generating systems by interconnecting hundreds of solar arrays.
The basic photovoltaic cell is made of flat-plate silicon and is considered the most efficient. Newer cell technologies include so-called thin film solar cells which are made from silicon or non-silicon materials in layers only a few micrometers thick. These thin film cells are very flexible which allows them to also be used as roofing shingles, building facades, or glazing for skylights.
Residential solar power systems will save you money and help make your home energy independent. Contact Verengo Solar and they will help you design a solar power system to meet your needs and budget.
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About Verengo Solar
Verengo Inc. has changed the way America thinks about solar! Verengo ranked #1 on the Solar Power World list of Top Residential Solar Contractors in the U.S.1, has been named to Inc. Magazine’s List of America’s Fastest Growing Companies and consistently maintains an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. The company markets, sells and installs solar photovoltaic systems, which enable homeowners to save money on their electricity bills and replace dirty electricity with clean, renewable energy. Verengo has grown 700% over the past 4 years and has added 900 new employees over that period. A recent survey found that 92% of Verengo customers would refer the company to their friends and family. The company has earned this recognition and customer satisfaction by making solar easy and affordable for its customers and delivering superior customer service.
1.Source: Solar Power World. Verengo operates exclusively in the residential solar sector.