The movement to go green! Clean energy is certainly on the rise. Many homeowners have grown tired of being at the mercy of the utility company, their pricing, and want to also do their part for the environment. Alternative Electric Power is an installer of solar panels and solar energy solutions in Northwest Indiana. Our electricians can professionally equip residential properties with the ability to produce clean solar energy, reducing carbon footprints and utility bills.
How Does Solar Power Work?
1. Solar Panels
Solar panels, or solar modules as they are sometimes called, are typically installed on the roof. These solar panels are made up of photovoltaic (PV) cells, which convert sunlight into direct current (DC) power.
The DC power from each solar panel is sent to an inverter, where it is converted into alternating current (AC) power, or standard electrical current used in your home. AC power travels from the inverter to the electrical panel, often called a breaker box. This power is now ready to use in your home.
3. Utility Meter
A separate utility meter continually measures your electrical supply. When your solar power system produces more power than you need, having a contract with your utility company allows you to accumulate credits from which you will be paid back by the utility company.
4. Utility Grid
Your home remains connected to the utility grid to supply you with electricity when you need more power than your solar power system has produced, such as at night.
Solar Panels are:
- Environmentally Friendly: Solar panels produce renewable energy, which is energy created from an endless supply source. Solar energy is incredibly clean and green.
- Cost Effective: With advances in technology, initial investment is much more reasonable than it has been in years past. In fact, many local, state, federal and utility entities offer tax incentives and credits to clients who add solar panels, too.
- Low Maintenance: Solar panels from Alternative Electric Power are extremely easy to maintain.
Myths About Solar
Solar panels do not work in cold, cloudy places/states. UV light is all that’s needed and even the cloudiest of places have excelled. Germany, who ranks low in sunny days, is the solar energy capital of the world. In fact, when the solar panels are cold, they are able to better conduct electricity.
Solar systems are too expensive. Solar Energy Installations are more affordable than they have ever been. In every state, incentives cover a minimum of 30% all the way up to 85% of the system costs.
Solar panels require constant maintenance. The panels rarely require maintenance or cleaning, plus the average warranty lasts 25 years!
Few states offer rebates or financial incentives for solar energy installations. According to the Database of State Incentives for Renewable Energy, 48 states have a solar/renewable energy incentive on top of the 30% federal tax credit! http://www.dsireusa.org/
The solar panels cannot withstand harsh climates (snow, hail, winds, sleet). The University of Vermont (who receives considerable snowfall) has a system that has proven to be effective and virtually maintenance free, even during the winter months. The color of the solar panels is dark which aides in melting the snow plus a south facing position allows for a quickened process.
Solar systems are unreliable and inconsistent. On the contrary, solar electric systems can be more reliable than the utility company. They have no moving parts and off-grid systems are not subject to power outages. In fact, solar technologies are used to power many vital systems: aircraft warning lights, railroad crossing signals, navigational buoys, etc.
I cannot use solar energy because I don’t have southern roof exposure. East/West roof exposure is also effective for photovoltaic systems. Another option is a ground mounted system in which case all you need is a relatively flat, unshaded area.
Solar energy is inefficient. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, solar panel efficiency has more than quadrupled since the 1970’s. With an average between 15-19% it sits in the same efficiency range as the gas in your car. Unlike gas though, the technology continues to advance, in turn, so will efficiency.
I won’t live in the home long enough to make my investment back. Actually, a solar system increases the value of the home. For every $1,000 that has been saved in annual electric costs, your home’s value rises $20,000. (U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development).
Call Alternative Electric Power today for more information.
Alternative Electric Power 755 W Chicago St, Valparaiso, IN 46385 (219) 246-2302