Solar Solution AZ http://www.solarsolutionaz.net Wed, 13 Dec 2017 22:13:31 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Solar Panels in the Winter http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/solar-panels-in-the-winter/ Fri, 01 Dec 2017 21:18:56 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9873 Over the years, we’ve installed our solar panels in each and every season, we’re always asked “What About Solar Panels in the Winter?” So we thought we could answer a few of those in advance.Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions about solar panel performance during the winter months. How do solar […]

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Over the years, we’ve installed our solar panels in each and every season, we’re always asked “What About Solar Panels in the Winter?” So we thought we could answer a few of those in advance.Here are some answers to our most frequently asked questions about solar panel performance during the winter months.

How do solar panels perform in winter?

Since solar panels work with light, not heat, it doesn’t matter how cold it gets outside. In fact, solar panels perform better in cooler temperatures than very hot temperatures. With pretty much continuous sunshine throughout the year here in Tucson, there are 0 problems  with lack of energy conversion.

Since it’s so cloudy in the winter, will my solar panels produce any electricity at all?

Yes. Even when it’s cloudy outside, your solar panels will still produce electricity. As long as there is light, your system will convert it into clean energy. Since the days are a bit shorter, you won’t produce energy for as long as you would during long summer days.

What if it snows?

When Solar Solution Az installs your panels are in the best position to get the maximum amount of sunlight possible; usually, your system will be installed facing the south, west or southwest. Since the panels are smooth, snow doesn’t stick to them like it would to rough roof shingles, so it typically melts or slides away quickly and easily on its own. So the 1 to 3 inches  (in a blizzard here in Tucson) we MAY get, there would be no issues regarding your panels or energy output.

 

What about big shifts in temperature between night and day?

Extreme shifts in temperature can wreak havoc on conventional solar cells and panels, if you ever had a question about extremes in the weather, see our roads. When the temperature is above freezing, rain can seep down into the asphalt. When the temperature drops below freezing, the water that seeped into the asphalt freezes and expands, causing cracks and potholes. Conventional panels commonly fail from hot/cold temperature cycles that crack solar cells, solder joints and copper ribbons over time. Unlock concrete or cement, solar cells rarely crack under these conditions.

For any other questions regarding Solar Panels in the winter contact us immediately at 520-858-0220.

 

 

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Five Interesting Facts About the Largest U.S. Solar Farms http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/solar-farms/ Wed, 15 Nov 2017 17:54:54 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9809 An ever increasing number of people, including individuals from all walks of life and of all ages, are becoming more aware of the importance of expanding the use of alternate energy resources. This includes the use of solar energy, including that generated by large solar farms in the United States and elsewhere around the world. […]

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An ever increasing number of people, including individuals from all walks of life and of all ages, are
becoming more aware of the importance of expanding the use of alternate energy resources. This
includes the use of solar energy, including that generated by large solar farms in the United States
and elsewhere around the world.
If you are also like a growing number of people, your interest in the operation of solar energy
farms may have peaked in recent years. You keep reading, seeing, and hearing about them, but
you have at least some desire to see a solar farm operation up close and personal.
If that describes you, and you are also in the process of planning a trip that will bring you into
proximity to a solar farm, consider a tour. The reality is that you, and your family, are very likely
to find a solar energy farm your highly interesting and educational. You are certain to come away
from the experience with a greatly enhanced appreciation of the ins and outs associated with solar
energy.

Solar Star Farm, Rosamond, California
Solar Star Farm is one of the newest operations in the world, going on line in 2015. Being one of
the newest farms in operation, it nonetheless is the largest in the world when it comes to capacity.
The farm generates 579 megawatts.
One of the unique features of Solar Star Farm is found in its highly efficient use of what are known
as solar photovoltaic cells. These cells have a unique sun tracking system. As a result, Solar Star
uses less than 20 percent of the number of solar photovoltaic cells found in the facility that
produces the second highest amount of energy.

Topaz Solar Farm, San Luis Obispo County, California
Topaz Solar Farm is massive. It spans almost 10 square miles and consists of 9 million solar
modules.
An interesting fact associated with Topaz Solar Farm involves its owner. Topaz Solar Farm is owned
by Berkshire Hathaway, Warren Buffet’s company. Buffet is considered one of the most ingenious
investors in the world, a man who recognizes market trends. Many in the industry believe Buffet's
heavy investment in solar energy bodes well for the future of this energy source.

Desert Sunlight Solar Farm, Desert Center, California
Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is only slightly smaller than Topaz. Desert Sunlight Solar Farm consists
of 8.8 million solar modules situated on just over 6 square miles.
If you want to visit a solar farm as part of your travels, and if your trip will take you anywhere near
this facility, Desert Sunlight Solar Farm is the perfect destination to learn more about this type of
energy source and production. Desert Sunlight Solar Farm maintains an on-site Solar Energy
Learning Center.

Copper Mountain Solar Facility, Boulder City, Nevada
One of the earlier, large scale, solar farms, Copper Mountain Solar Facility has been constructed in
stages. The facility now generates 458 megawatts.
On the forefront of innovation, Copper Mountain Solar Facility was bestowed the Solar Project of
the Year, by Renewable Energy World, in 2011. The facility continues to innovate and refine the
manner in which solar energy is collected and produced.

Agua Caliente Solar Project, Yuma County, Arizona
Agua Caliente Solar Project generates 290 megawatts. One of the distinguishing features of Agua
Caliente Solar Project is that it is remotely controlled by First Solar, from its Operations Center.

The remote operation of Agua Caliente Solar Project is underscoring the potential solar energy
facilities have for the future. This includes the possible placement of solar farms not only on, but
also above the Earth.
Agua Caliente Solar Project has been recognized for its various innovations. The facility has won
the Global Plant of the Year award by Intersolar America and the Top Plant Award from Solar by
Power Magazine, receiving both important designations in 2014.
Arranging a Solar Farm Tour
Many people do just present themselves at solar farms in order to visit and tour a facility.
Nonetheless, as you work on planning your trip, take the time to schedule a tour of solar farm that
will be within range of your travels. If children will be traveling with you, let the facility know of
that when you make a reservation. The reality is that many solar farms maintain unique
programming for school age children that visit their facilities. As a general rule, solar farms do not
charge for tours. In addition, they oftentimes do offer items for sale following a tour, including
shirts and other mementoes of a visit.

Jessica Kane is a professional blogger who writes for Federal Steel Supply, Inc., a leading steel tubing
suppliers of carbon, alloy and stainless steel pipe, tubes, fittings and flanges.

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Best Energy Saving Tips for the Holidays http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/energy-saving-tips/ Tue, 14 Nov 2017 17:56:49 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9772 The holidays are a special time of year for many people who look forward to celebrating the season by sharing gifts and spending time with loved ones. Unfortunately, it is also a time when energy bills can vastly soar. By putting energy savings at the top of your Christmas list this year you can lower […]

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The holidays are a special time of year for many people who look forward to celebrating the season by sharing gifts and spending time with loved ones. Unfortunately, it is also a time when energy bills can vastly soar. By putting energy savings at the top of your Christmas list this year you can lower your consumption costs and truly enjoy the holiday season. Here are a few helpful tips on how to avoid high energy bills this Christmas season.

Tip # 1 Prepare in Advance
Homeowners can begin planning their energy efficiency well in advance by getting their homes inspected prior to the holidays. A trained professional can conduct a full audit and inspection of the home’s use of energy. For instance, they can reveal areas of the home where air may be leaking such as from old windows or from insulation levels which have depleted. By addressing these areas prior to the holidays you can keep your energy bill in check and witness cost savings throughout the following year.

Tip #2 Switch All Lights to LED
Another excellent way to reduce your energy bills this holiday season is to invest in LED lighting. LED lights are much more energy efficient than traditional incandescent lighting. In many homes, Christmas lights are not only on the tree, but they are on the mantle as well as outside of the home. By installing LED Christmas lights, you will use up to 80% less energy when compared to traditional lighting. These are some excellent cost savings indeed!

Tip #3 Unplug Unused Items
An alternative way to save on Christmas lighting is to simply turn them off when not in use. For instance, turn them off when you know you will be away from home or while the family is sleeping. This will reduce their overall energy draw and it will save you money in the long run. Christmas lights can further be put on a timer and programmed to shut off automatically just in case you forget. Another great way to save on Christmas lighting is to use battery operated candles as a way to not only keep in line with the holiday spirit, but to save on your energy bill.

Tip #4 Wise Use of Kitchen Appliances
The holidays are also a time for meal prep and Christmas parties. As such, it is inevitable that a lot of time will be spent in the kitchen. To save energy in the kitchen, consider your use of appliances. For instance, monitor how often the refrigerator door is opened and closed and try to keep frequently used items like drinks on a nearby counter. For instance, a cooler filled with ice can be used so that guests do not have to go in and out of the refrigerator as often. Another tip is to consider using the dishwasher instead of hand washing dishes. Hand washing uses more water than the dishwasher but be sure to let your dishes air dry instead of heating them dry in the dishwasher—this can help you further save on energy. Lastly, consider using the microwave or slow cooker as much as possible as they will help you cut back on electricity as compared to conventional ovens which use more electricity.

Tip #5 Monitor the Thermostat
Last but not least, when it gets colder outdoors you are bound to turn up your thermostat. However, this also means that you’ll have additional energy costs to match. Consider turning down your thermostat to as low as comfortable during the holiday season. Also consider turning down the thermostat when there are visitors over or while preparing meals. The additional guests as well as the warmth from the kitchen will automatically warm up the home. Furthermore, if you want to treat yourself to a gift this year, now is a great time to install a smart, programmable thermostat that can help to efficiently regulate your home’s heat usage, ensuring you cost savings on your heating bill.

Tip#6 Look into Renewable Energy

Home solar power and other forms of renewable energy have an awesome potential to reduce what you spend on electricity. Most residential solar customers save over 30% off their energy bills immediately without making any changes in their lifestyle. This is because solar power is roughly one-third the cost of traditional grid electricity. We recommend looking into solar power once you have  reduced your electric consumption through all the other methods listed, slashing your electric bills even further. Solar energy is the single greatest step you can take to reduce what you spend on electricity.

So, while the winter holiday season may be in full swing there is no reason for energy bills to take away from this festive time of year. Make conservation of energy a part of your New Year’s resolution and commit to reducing your energy consumption. Your wallet will thank you and you will also have minimal impact on the environment. Give us a call today and see why solar is an essential part of an efficient home (520) 858-0220

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5 Reasons to Go Solar http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/top-5-reasons-go-solar/ Sun, 05 Nov 2017 19:05:14 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9767 5 Reasons to Go Solar Living in the Southern part of Arizona has it’s advantages…consistent warm weather, proximity to California, some beautiful scenery, relevantly close vacation destination (Mexico) and about 286 days of sunshine per year. For those of us in solar energy, that’s like pennies from heaven, a never ending supply of energy we […]

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5 Reasons to Go Solar

Living in the Southern part of Arizona has it’s advantages…consistent warm weather, proximity to California, some beautiful scenery, relevantly close vacation destination (Mexico) and about 286 days of sunshine per year. For those of us in solar energy, that’s like pennies from heaven, a never ending supply of energy we can use for our homes. Needless to say, it’s important to remind ourselves of the main core reasons to go solar. So that withstanding, here are 5 reasons to go solar in no particular order..because they’re all important.

Reduce Your Electricity Bill

If this is news to you, you may have arrived here accidentally. It’s by far the number one reason people look at going solar for the home or business in the first place. Some homeowners can reduce their rates by more than 60 %, on average you will reduce your electricity bill by 40% or more.

Helping the Environment

It is true you can help protect the environment by adding solar panels to your home, but by how much? That’s an easy one for us. According to the most recent EPA  study, it is suggested the average American home emits about 20 metric tons of carbon a year. To put that into some perspective, this study claims that the average vehicle creates about 4-5 metric tons a year. So, 4 cars equal 1 home. Adding solar panels to your home reduces this carbon footprint by 4-5 tons annually, so it’s like getting rid of a car that runs on gas.

Improves Home Value

Never once have we heard, having solar panels on the home I just bought was a real pain. It just doesn’t happen. Though it may be true that people sometimes wrestle with the decision to go solar, people seem to be excited when they look to buy a home that already has the functionality installed..who wouldn’t want lower electric bills.

Protecting Yourself From Rising Energy Cost

Since about 60% of electricity is created by coal, we’ll use that as our benchmark. So to keep this relative, the average home price in Arizona is about $175,000. In 1970, the average home price was $62,000. An increase of about 180%. Not really that bad…coal prices have increased about 1400%. That’s the equivalent to the average Arizona home costing close to $1,000,000.00. With solar, you can protect yourself over the long haul against rising energy cost.

Create Jobs Locally in a Growing Industry

Most solar companies, like Solar Solution Az, are locally owned and operated. The solar industry has lead the way over the past decade in creating jobs faster than most any other industry in the United States.

These are just a few of the many reasons people should go solar in their home or business, after reviewing our site, we’re sure you’ll find your own reasons.

 

 

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How Solar Panels Work http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/how-solar-panels-work/ Fri, 20 Oct 2017 20:36:07 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9620 Most everyone knows thе іmmеnѕе роwеr оf thе sun, іtѕ hеаt and nоw, іtѕ utіlіtу is being ѕсіеntіfісаllу proven by thе vаrіоuѕ wауѕ іn whісh ѕоlаr еnеrgу саn bе utіlіzеd. Have you ever wondered how solar panels work? Read on as Solar Solution Az offers a brief technical point of view. The better wау tо […]

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Most everyone knows thе іmmеnѕе роwеr оf thе sun, іtѕ hеаt and nоw, іtѕ utіlіtу is being ѕсіеntіfісаllу proven by thе vаrіоuѕ wауѕ іn whісh ѕоlаr еnеrgу саn bе utіlіzеd. Have you ever wondered how solar panels work? Read on as Solar Solution Az offers a brief technical point of view.

The better wау tо harness ѕunlіght and gеnеrаtе electricity for residential оr businesses іѕ by uѕіng ѕоlаr раnеlѕ. It is a grеаt аltеrnаtіvе, mауbе the bеѕt wау tо avoid hіgh еnеrgу соѕtѕ and thаt іѕ the rеаѕоn why the gоvеrnmеnt, іn general, has been еnсоurаgіng hоuѕеhоldеrѕ tо determine the роѕѕіbіlіtу оf installing ѕоlаr раnеlѕ on thеіr hоmеѕ. But bеfоrе tаkіng thе step to buу the ѕуѕtеm, іt is hеlрful tо knоw hоw a solar раnеl wоrkѕ.

The fоundаtіоn оf ѕоlаr еnеrgу technology іѕ a рrіnсірlе knоwn аѕ thе photovoltaic еffесt. It is a сhеmісаl reaction thаt hарреnѕ on the cell surface whеn thеу are еxроѕеd to ѕunlіght. Thе core material used іn рhоtоvоltаіс сеllѕ іѕ silicon. The ѕіlісоn іѕ a semiconductor material, аnd its сrуѕtаlѕ аrе аѕѕеmblеd under a glass рlаtе. Whеn lіght асhіеvеѕ the ѕоlаr сеll, іt is аbѕоrbеd by thе silicon whісh thеn ѕtеmѕ a сhеmісаl reaction thаt releases рhоtоnѕ. Thіѕ phenomenon happens within thе сеll and ultіmаtеlу wіll create a current of еlесtrісіtу. The presence of mеtаl соntасtѕ аt the bottom and tор оf the photovoltaic сеll allow this electrical сurrеnt to bе hаrnеѕѕеd to power ѕоmе еlесtrоnіс devices.

Thе solar panel іѕ соmроѕеd оf a grоuр оf іndіvіduаl рhоtоvоltаіс сеllѕ whісh are ѕеаlеd using a wеаthеrрrооf frame. It ѕееmѕ оbvіоuѕ, but a unіԛuе photovoltaic сеll рrоduсеѕ juѕt a ѕmаll аmоunt оf еlесtrісаl сurrеnt, thеrеfоrе when thеrе is аn аrrау оf thеѕе сеllѕ соnnесtеd wіthіn a раnеl thе ѕum оf thе соmbіnеd еlесtrісаl output frоm several рhоtоvоltаіс cells саn generate еnоugh power to supply a ѕmаll building. Althоugh, before using thе еlесtrісіtу сrеаtеd, thе direct сurrеnt оr DC generated frоm thе photovoltaic сеllѕ hаvе tо pass through аn іnvеrtеr tо bе соnvеrtеd іntо AC whісh is the uѕаblе аltеrnаtіng сurrеnt thаt can bе harnessed іmmеdіаtеlу tо роwеr аррlіаnсеѕ, еlесtrоnісѕ, etc. Thе ѕurрluѕ energy саn bе ѕtоrеd in bаttеrіеѕ, or іt can rеturn to thе electricity grіd, оf соurѕе, you wіll get уоur share rеgаrdіng profit, оr аt least a dіѕсоunt on уоur bill.

 

Thе solar раnеl structure іѕ vеrу ѕtаblе аnd durаblе, mainly bесаuѕе there are nо mоvіng соmроnеntѕ which make the rеԛuіrеmеnt fоr mаіntеnаnсе tо bе mіnіmаl. And thаt is nоt аll, because, аѕ ѕоlаr tесhnоlоgу evolved аnd mоrе research hаvе bееn mаdе іn thе field, now we fасе rеаlіtу whеrе рhоtоvоltаіс сеllѕ have a muсh hіghеr еffісіеnсу аnd the соѕt tо рrоduсе the cells аrе a lot lоwеr. And thаt іѕ only роѕѕіblе duе tо thе lеѕѕ uѕаgе оf ѕеmісоnduсtоr mаtеrіаl іn thе process оf mаnufасturіng each оf the рhоtоvоltаіс сеllѕ. Mауbе thіѕ іѕ the mаjоr rеаѕоn whу the оrdіnаrу hоmеоwnеr is wіllіng tо uрgrаdе hіѕ electrical installation аnd turn іt іntо a grееn аnd renewable еnеrgу ѕuррlу bу іnvеѕtіng in ѕоlаr роwеr fоr thеіr home.

Anоthеr reason fоr соnѕumеrѕ tо dесіdе оn іnѕtаllіng solar раnеlѕ іѕ rеlаtеd to thе rеduсtіоn іn carbon footprint, but many of thеm аrе аlѕо іntеrеѕtеd іn rеduсіng роwеr bіllѕ. Besides thаt, thе іdеа оf gеnеrаtіng a ѕurрluѕ еnеrgу аnd ѕеllіng it bасk tо thе grіd ѕоundѕ compelling.

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Home Values Increase With Solar Panels http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/home-values-increase-solar-panels/ Thu, 05 Oct 2017 17:58:14 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9479 Home Values Increase With Solar Panels There are a lot of ways that you can improve the value of your house, but there are fewer ways to improve the value of your house while making your budgeting concerns less than they are before you start that investment. Home values increase with solar panels. With solar […]

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Home Values Increase With Solar Panels

There are a lot of ways that you can improve the value of your house, but there are fewer ways to improve the value of your house while making your budgeting concerns less than they are before you start that investment. Home values increase with solar panels. With solar panels, you will find not only a reduction in your energy bills, but at certain parts of the year, you may be able to generate enough electricity that you can sell the excess back to the power company. Do you want to increase the value of your house and improve your life all at the same time? Read on!

 

Will Solar Panels Make Your Home Attractive to Buyers?

According to a study conducted by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, researchers found that potential home buyers were willing to pay more for homes equipped with customer-owned solar. When you get to the point where you are looking to sell your house. you will find that buyers will be impressed with your solar panels. Not only that, but many buyers will be more interested in your house because it is going to be less reliant on the energy providers. This will help you to get a better selling price when you do decide to sell your house. This is because everyone that wants to save on their energy prices will be willing to pay the extra money in order to have those solar panels to help them reduce their expenses every month.

When you have solar panels, you have to make sure that they are exposed to the sun’s light. If they are dirty or covered by snow, then you will not generate solar power at all. This can be relieved by proper care and maintenance. After all, you are making an investment and you want the best return you can possibly get from your solar panels when it’s time to re sale your home.

For more information about the value of solar, contact Solar Solution AZ!

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Solar and LED Lighting go Hand-in-Hand http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/solar-led-lighting-go-hand-hand/ Thu, 28 Sep 2017 18:16:49 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9461 How solar and energy-efficient lighting go hand in hand Solar panels and LEDS: Peanut Butter and Jelly Solar power and energy efficiency are generally touted as two alternative solutions to our energy and environmental crises. But in fact, rather than being in competition with one another, it is actually only the two of them working […]

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How solar and energy-efficient lighting go hand in hand

Solar panels and LEDS: Peanut Butter and Jelly

Solar power and energy efficiency are generally touted as two alternative solutions to our energy and environmental crises. But in fact, rather than being in competition with one another, it is actually only the two of them working in tandem that has the ability to get us out of this mess. In other words, it is a case of both … and, rather than either … or.  Solar lighting and energy efficiency go together hand in hand or like peanut butter and jelly. Read on below to find out why.

 

As the threat of resource depletion and human induced climate change looms over us, many people and businesses are now piling solar panels atop their roofs in order to light up their houses. Unlike electricity sourced from fossil fuels, solar powered lighting generates no carbon emissions or other harmful pollutants. It relies SOLELY on the free, clean energy supplied by the sun, which it effortlessly converts into a form that can be utilized as light by homes and businesses when it gets dark. Solar is certainly making major inroads into the energy market, and this is due in no small part to government initiatives designed to create a financial climate favorable to solar, for example tax credits, installation discounts, feed in tariff schemes and the like. And as the supply of solar power continues to increase, this pushes the cost down even further, making it more and more affordable to households and businesses.

Better Together: Solar and Energy Efficiency

This may seem like great news for those of us who have the future and well-being of the planet at heart, but actually, many environmentalists are worried that the preoccupation with alternative lighting and energy is actually distracting attention away from energy efficiency and conservation, which to their minds is the REAL solution to our energy and environmental crises. Instead of increasing supply, so this school of thought holds, we should be reducing our overall demand for energy. We can do this by retooling our appliances to require less power, or replacing energy hungry devices with ones that are less energy intensive and have higher efficiency ratings (for example, phasing out incandescent lights in favor of LEDs – the latter emit the same amount of light as the former, but consume far less energy). We can also turn devices off when not in us. Insulate and weatherstrip our windows, walls, attics and doors so that they better retain warmth, reducing the need to have heaters running constantly. Redesign our buildings so that they can better capture the natural warmth of the sun (again reducing the need for heating), and the like. In addition, we can go the ‘conservation’ route, simply training ourselves to ‘go without’, thus putting on an extra layer of clothing when it is cold instead of running the heater, drinking a glass of iced water instead of turning on the air conditioner on hot summer days, or reading a book for entertainment instead of watching energy guzzling television. These are all extremely simple measures that can drastically reduce our energy usage.

Energy Efficiency Multiplies your Solar Savings!

The energy efficiency advocates claim that this is ultimately the far cheaper and more effective option than for example ramping up the supply of solar PV panels, even when you factor in the government incentives encouraging the uptake of solar. After all, and the key issue here, is that solar suffers from the very serious problem that it only works when the sun is shining! And our electricity requirements just happen to peak in the morning and evenings, whereas solar energy output peaks in the middle of the day! Whilst it is true that battery and storage options exist that enable us to utilize solar energy after dark, and when it is cloudy, they are still quite limited in their capacity. And so solar energy on its own is still quite limited in its potential. Energy efficiency measures are needed to smooth out the dips and peaks in the electricity demand and solar energy output cycles. Moreover, by focusing on energy efficiency measures, this will actually make solar power more accessible and affordable to the majority of people: for by reducing the overall amount of energy we require to meet our needs, this in turn will serve to minimize the required size and thus cost of solar lighting systems. At current, many people are dissuaded from going solar because they use their own excessive electricity usage as a benchmark for what they will need in the way of solar panels. Solar power is prohibitively expensive for many people because of their wasteful consumption patterns, not because of solar itself! So that is why the energy efficiency advocates favor conservation over expanding supply. The problem is, though, if the majority of government support goes to solar powered lighting initiatives, as seems to be the case at the moment, energy efficiency will get neglected and fall by the wayside, and none of this will occur.

 

But then what does this have to do with our thesis outlined at the beginning of this post? Well, the point is that the arguments of the energy efficiency advocates prove – unknowingly, and despite their intention – that solar powered lighting, like solar walkway lights for example, and energy efficiency are actually partners in crime! It is not a matter of choosing energy efficiency instead of solar powered lighting: as we have just seen, energy efficiency measures make solar power more viable, and solar power in turn gives energy efficiency its meaning. After all, fossil fuels are a finite energy resource, and will have to replaced at some point. All the energy efficiency measures in the world won’t make a jot of difference, if we aren’t able to develop alternative energy source – like solar powered lighting. The two don’t actually stand in conflict with one another; in fact, they go together hand in hand.

Give us a call today and let our energy experts slash your electric bill (520) 858-0220!

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How Solar Can Help the Environment http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/how-solar-can-help-the-environment/ Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:22:09 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9453 Solar power is always with us. We believe that what we do is important. With that, we have decided to create a series of short articles on how solar can help the environment. If you have any questions or concerns afterwards, feel free to contact us to discuss what you can do as well. How […]

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Solar power is always with us. We believe that what we do is important. With that, we have decided to create a series of short articles on how solar can help the environment. If you have any questions or concerns afterwards, feel free to contact us to discuss what you can do as well.

How Solar Can Help the Environment

Even when it is cloudy and/or overcast, not that we see that much around here, the sun is still there providing us with energy. If you know anything about solar already, then you know solar panels are constantly storing some amount of energy by garnering photons in their photovoltaic cells. So without getting to technical in the science of it all, we’ll start by explaining how solar helps the environment.   Since solar panels are constantly being hit by sun rays, solar panels are just absorbing the energy rather than taking it from burning fossil fuels through a pretty unfriendly (environmentally) process, solar panels are one of the most environmentally beneficial ways to generate electricity. the average non solar home creates about 7 metric tons of CO2 per year. Whereas, a home using solar energy, runs closer to 1.5 metric tons per year.

 

What about production pollution?

So a common misconception on the production of panels creating more pollution than it reduces has long been a myth, as cited here by the United States Department of Energy.

“An average U.S. household uses 830 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. On average, producing 1000 kWh of electricity with solar power reduces emissions by nearly 8 pounds of sulfur dioxide, 5 pounds of nitrogen oxides, and more than 1,400 pounds of carbon dioxide. During its projected 28 years of clean energy production, a rooftop system with 2-year payback and meeting half of a household’s electricity use would avoid conventional electrical plant emissions of more than half a ton of sulfur dioxide, one-third a ton of nitrogen oxides, and 100 tons of carbon dioxide.”

The study concludes, “PV is clearly a wise energy investment with great environmental benefits!”

 

How can I promote solar power?

You can start by investing in your own solar power. If you own your house you could install solar panels on your roof that will be able to collect solar power most of the year. You can also create a small solar farm in your yard if that is more to your liking.  You may only be one person, but your impact always makes a difference.

To be continued….We will continue to educate and inform on the many areas of solar, including how solar can help the environment in your own backyard!

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Is Solar Power Right for Me? http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/solar-power-right/ Tue, 29 Aug 2017 22:40:47 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9438 Is solar energy the right choice for me and my home? More and more homeowners are making the switch to clean energy every day. I’m sure you’ve seen your neighbor with solar panels down the street; keep an eye out if you haven’t. They are everywhere! A Solar Solution AZ, we have helped over 2,000 […]

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Is solar energy the right choice for me and my home?

More and more homeowners are making the switch to clean energy every day. I’m sure you’ve seen your neighbor with solar panels down the street; keep an eye out if you haven’t. They are everywhere!

A Solar Solution AZ, we have helped over 2,000 Arizona home owners make the switch to affordable, renewable energy. While helping these homeowners, we have developed a few questions to determine whether solar energy will be beneficial to you and your home:

Do you own your home?

Do you plan on staying in your home for the next few years?

Do you pay more than $50 a month in electricity bills?

Do you want to increase the value of your house?

Do you want to have more money every month than you do now?

Do you want to help our planet and local economy?


If you answered yes to these questions, then the power of the sun may be just what you are looking for to achieve your financial goals.

However, there is a bit more to look into to make sure that you and your house are ready for solar panels. This is where having an expert solar installer on your side is incredibly valuable. Your solar installer should help you evaluate these key items, your answers will help shape your consultant’s recommendation:


What direction does your roof face?

Does your roof receive any shade during the day?

What size is your main electrical service?

Is your roof in good condition?

Keep in mind that there is no right answer to these questions, but they are crucial to help your solar installation partner determine the best program for your needs. It may be helpful to write down your answers to these questions so that you can review them with your solar consultant.

The next step is the most important. To get the most accurate information applicable to your unique scenario, it is best to sit down with an energy consultant, get a personalized recommendation and review your options from there. Our energy experts are hand picked by our family, and have over 1,000 hours of experience on average in designing and consulting solar electric systems.

Call today to get your custom home energy analysis! (520) 858-0220

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What to expect from your Home Solar Energy Analysis http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/what-to-expect-from-your-home-solar-energy-analysis/ Wed, 21 Jun 2017 23:55:28 +0000 http://www.solarsolutionaz.net/?p=9330 Thank you for taking the next step in learning about home solar power and what it means for you, our Tucson economy, and our beautiful planet! Why is a Home Solar Energy Analysis important? There is an incredible variety of solar programs available; some are tailored for young homeowners looking to increase their homes value, […]

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Thank you for taking the next step in learning about home solar power and what it means for you, our Tucson economy, and our beautiful planet!

Why is a Home Solar Energy Analysis important?

There is an incredible variety of solar programs available; some are tailored for young homeowners looking to increase their homes value, others are geared towards helping families save as much money as possible over the long term, and even programs for retirees who don’t have the option to claim tax credits.

No matter where you are in your life, one of our Solar Energy Experts will be able to provide the answers to all your solar energy questions, and help you determine which solar option is best suited to your individual needs.

We also love the opportunity this gives us to connect with the community face-to-face and be active in bettering our surroundings!

Who is a Solar Energy Expert?

Our Solar Energy Experts are hand selected from the best, most knowledgeable home solar professionals available. The average expert has over 1,000 hours of real photovoltaic solar experience. Every single experts then goes through at least 40 full hours of extensive training to ensure the highest level of customer satisfaction and confidence. We understand that this is a big decision for you and your home, so we want to make sure you have the most accurate information possible!

Why is the Solar Power Analysis done in my home?

These consultations are in home so that we can take a look at a few factors around your home to make sure that we provide the most accurate estimate possible, and find the program that best fits your needs.

Your Solar Energy Expert will thoroughly inspect your house’s:

Main Electrical Service

Meter placement

Roof Condition

Roof Shading

Roof Orientation

Appliances/Lighting/HVAC for Inefficiency

Electricity Bill

Can the Solar Expert help me understand the tax credit?

Every Solar Energy Expert is expertly trained to help evaluate your eligibility for the 30% Federal Investment Tax Credit, and other local rebates as well.

Will I have any information to look over afterwards?

After inspecting your house, evaluating your tax status, and learning about your solar goals, your Solar Energy Expert will make a customized recommendation that will maximize your solar savings. He can print this out or provide it to you via email.

What happens next?

Once we have received your information, you will be contacted by a local Tucsonan with Solar Solution AZ to set up your Free in Home Energy Analysis.

Going solar is a smart choice when you have the right information! So call now, and join over 2,000 customers in the valley who are basking in the savings our own sun provides! Call (520) 858-0220 now!

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