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California Solar Facts

When you consider whether or not you want to take advantage of solar power to cut your monthly energy bills, you're likely to be bombarded with a lot of facts, and some of them can be confusing. Luckily, the truth about solar power is really quite simple.

The fact is that so much solar energy hits the U.S. that if we were to harness all of it for just 40 minutes, we would be able to power the entire country for a year. So if you decide to harness all that free energy out there, there are big-time benefits to be had, depending on the kind of solar generation system you use.

There are two basic types of system: active and passive. Each collects, converts and uses the sun's rays differently. Passive systems are typically found in buildings that use natural geography and the sun's position in the sky to circulate air and heat, but also use materials such as cement, stone and even water to store some of the sun's energy.

On the other hand, active systems are the kinds most homes will use when they choose to go solar. These use solar cells that concentrate direct sunlight and convert it into power that can be either used immediately or stored on batteries for when the sun isn't shining, either at night or just when it's cloudy.

Active generation systems are also what power solar vehicles like cars, but these systems are still mostly experimental and costly.

Plus, solar power can be used for more than just powering your home. You can also find systems that will disinfect water and even cook your food.

Currently, California is the nation's top solar state. Residents install and use more solar power every year, and many are doing so by taking advantage of low-cost systems, and defraying the price with government incentives.

Plus, while most Californians have seen their energy prices skyrocket in recent years, the price for solar technology is always coming down. That makes it more affordable all the time, and adding even more incentive to harness the sun's power and switch to clean, efficient solar energy.

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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.

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