Solar System for Home
Getting a solar system for your home by signing a solar lease is a great way to save money on your utility bills with no up-front costs. Of course, it’s also a great way to go green and get your house hooked up to Ca. renewable energy!
In a solar lease, the solar power company or solar installer owns your residential solar power system—not you. That means the solar company pays for all the costs of buying and installing the right solar power system for your home and leases the energy from these panels back to you at a price much less than you currently pay for your electricity from your current utility company. You can simply sit back and enjoy the utility savings!
The first step in getting a solar lease is talking with a contractor who does California solar systems. We have tons of experience with solar systems in California, and we would love to talk. Call us now!
The solar power system you install in your home is made up of numerous parts. The smallest part of the system is the photovoltaic cell, sometimes called a “PV” cell. The name “photovoltaic” comes from the Latin roots “photo,” meaning “light,” and “voltaic,” meaning “electricity.” Many PV cells together are grouped into fused modules, which are probably what comes to mind when you think of a single solar panel. Typically, solar systems for home include anywhere from a few to upwards of thirty modules (panels), depending on the home’s energy usage and positioning relative to the sun.
To put it simplest, solar power panels collect photons (particles of light) from the sun and convert the energy from these photons to electricity. Each photovoltaic cell is made of a semiconductor material—most commonly, silicon—that absorbs the photons. When the solar cells absorb the light particles, the electrons in the semiconductor are loosened and an electron current is created. This current is the key to creating usable electricity.
Other parts of the solar panel optimize the solar power system. For instance, silicon is typically reflective, which causes a lot of photons to bounce off it and leads the panel to lose out on a lot of potential electricity. Because of this, the silicon typically is given an antireflective coating. Additionally, since silicon is fragile, manufacturers give the silicon modules a glass cover, which allows photons in but keeps the panel protected from dirt, leaves, wind, rain, and whatever else Mother Nature can create. Finally, solar power frames are given negative and positive terminals, which allow each module to be connected to each other and form a solar system for home.
Solar panel efficiency has historically limited solar power systems from being huge energy sources. Today, most solar power panels capture only about 15% of the sunlight beaming down on them. The good news is that scientists and solar power companies are working all the time to create more efficient systems that will continue to make solar power energy the right choice for homeowners.