How Residential Solar Power All Comes Together
Easy as 1-2-3… 4-5
1. Solar Modules
Solar modules, commonly mounted on the roof or grounds of your property convert abundant southern California sunlight into DC power.
This power is sent to a device called an inverter (or power converter) which converts the DC power from the solar modules to AC power, identical to that being sent to you from the utility grid at a substantially higher rate.
3. Electrical Panel
Power travels from the inverter to your electrical service panel (your breaker box). The power from the electrical panel will be distributed to any electrical loads in your home.
4. Utility Meter
When excess power is generated by the system, the power will flow into the grid through your electric meter. This will cause your meter to run backwards gaining you a credit with the utility company and allowing you to reduce your monthly electric bill and drive it toward zero.
5. Utility Grid
The utility grid will act as a hybrid electrical source and automatically provide electricity when needed. This includes after dark hours or when your demand exceeds solar production.
The Benefits of Choosing Solar
In 2006, the highest tier residential electric rates jumped as high as 60% over the course of just twelve months. Most experts agree that this costly trend will continue to climb at a much higher rate than inflation. It is time to join the thousands of other California homeowners who have broken this cycle by installing photovoltaic systems. Below you will find five forward-thinking reasons to convert your home into your own utility company and reap the advantages of a cleaner environment and reduced electric costs.
Gain Independence from Utility Companies
As your own energy provider, you lock in power at a fraction of the current rates and prevent future hikes. Installing a solar power system is equivalent to prepaying for 40 years of power at a fraction of the cost you currently pay. Therefore, as rates increase in the future, your cost per unit of energy remains lower and savings increase over the life of a solar energy system.
Solar Power is a More Eco-friendly Alternative
Generating electricity from solar energy reduces your consumption of fossil fuels, which decrease pollution and harmful greenhouse gas emission. By converting to solar power, you will help combat global warming and reduce our nation’s dependence on foreign energy sources. Even a small system can play a significant role; a 2.5kW solar system reduces CO2 emissions by an amount similar to that which would occur by planting one acre of trees.
The Government Picks Up a Large Portion of the Cost
The government is currently offering two significant financial incentives for solar power conversions. The California Solar Initiative offers a sizable rebate at the time of purchase. These rebates usually cover 20%-30% of the total system cost. The second rebate is for an additional $2,000 in federal tax credit eligibility.
It is important to recognize that time is of the essence.
The rebate levels in California will decline as participation increases.
Sunlight Can Actually Make Your Meter Spin in Reverse
When your solar system is generating more energy than you require, your utility meter will actually spin backwards. You thus start accruing credit with your utility company at the same rate they are charging you.
Dependability of Systems
Once installed, the solar power system which is made of similar components as those of most earth-orbiting satellites, require little or no maintenance. Our solar panels carry an extensive manufacturer’s warranty which supply you with many years of carefree and inexpensive electricity.