Las Vegas Residential Solar Basics
Solar panels are sometimes called solar modules and are usually installed on the roof of your home. Solar panels/modules consist of photovoltaic (PV) cells. These cells convert the energy from sunlight into direct current (DC) power.
Premier Solar Solutions offers a variety of monitoring packages to continuously monitor solar energy production and to ensure that your solar system is running as it should be. Premier Solar Solutions will alert you and assist in correcting the situation if production levels drop below normal.
When you have a clear picture of your solar energy needs, you can better manage your energy consumption and save on your utility bills.
The electrical panel is often called a breaker box. The AC power flows from the inverter to the electrical panel. Now you can use this power in your home.
The utility meter is constantly measuring your home’s electrical supply. When your solar power system produces more power than your home needs, the meter actually spins backward and you build credits with the utility company that will reduce your next bill. Your home is still connected to the utility grid so that you are still supplied with electricity when you need more power than your solar power system has produced, such as at night or on a cloudy day.
The DC power from the solar panels is sent to an inverter, where it is converted into alternating current (AC) power, the standard electrical current used throughout your home.
We live in the Las Vegas area, a city where we have sunshine 292 days a year so it makes sense to think about solar energy as a way to save money and help the environment. Why not put all that sunshine to work for us? Unfortunately, a lot of people are a bit intimidated because they don’t really understand how solar works. However, it’s actually not that complicated for us “regular people” and the team of experts at Premier Solar Solutions completely understands all the solar technology and can aid us through the process as well.
Many popular solar technologies are available today, and although the field is constantly evolving, the most common and reliable technology today is photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. PV solar energy panels convert sunlight into energy via cells of silicon crystal and other components that give off an electric spark when the sunlight strikes them. These panels are typically installed on the roof of your home and convert sunlight into direct current (DC) power. Because the solar panels have very few or no moving parts they are extremely reliable and need almost no maintenance – another reason not to be frightened of solar!
Next, the DC power travels to an inverter. The inverter changes the DC power to alternating current or AC power. AC power is the power that is standard in most homes. We use AC power for our televisions, blenders, computers, and basically anything else that plugs into an outlet. The power then flows from the inverter to your electrical panel or what everyone calls a “breaker box”. The solar power is now ready for use in your home.
Your home has an electricity meter that tells your utility provider how much energy you use. Your meter will actually spin backwards when you accumulate more solar power than you can use! This excess solar power is credited back to you and you are now “selling” power back to your utility company with the result of a lower monthly electric bill!
What happens when the day is cloudy or rainy and your system hasn’t gathered enough solar energy from the sun? Or, what happens when it is night time? Don’t worry, you are still connected to the utility grid so that you can still receive power. Additionally, a monitor can be installed to make sure that your solar system is running at its most efficient. If energy production levels drop below normal, Premier Solar Solutions will diagnose and help remedy the problem so that your home is getting all the possible solar power it should.
Solar powered calculators are common – who hasn’t used one? We’ve also seen solar cells on emergency call boxes by the side of the road and solar powered lights in parking lots. Solar cell technology is showing up in more and more places. That is why we shouldn’t be intimidated by something as everyday as solar energy. And of course, we can always call Premier Solar Solutions, the solar experts, when we need answers for the hard questions!
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