For households interested in solar power, determining peak sun hours is a critical step in helping the system run as efficiently as possible.
Connecting your solar panel system to the grid has a ton of benefits including selling power back to your utility provider and having the security that your home will always have access to electricity. The process can be difficult if you are planning a do it yourself solar installation project, so it is best to leave an installation project to professionals. The pay off having continuous power and the financial reward from selling your power back to the utility provider is well worth connecting to the grid.
If you are considering buying solar panels for your home it is important to factor in how long an installation takes. The actual home solar installation usually takes just a few days, but there are a few steps that must happen before the installers can begin.
With annual residential energy costs among the top in the nation, Texas is an excellent location for a solar farm. In 2015, solar energy capabilities increased by 65 percent, and there’s still plenty of need for solar energy. But, before you start looking for solar farm land, here’s some things to know about solar farm development.
Solar energy can save you money, pull you off the grid, and in some cases, provide you with a source of income. In Texas, where there is plenty of sunlight all year, installing solar panels can have a high pay off.
The do it yourself community has many tutorials and instruction on how to make solar panels by yourself. The process seems easy and the components are available online, but is it feasible for your home? Here is everything you need to know before you start a do it yourself solar project.
Solar windows are windows that function as solar panels to harvest the sun’s energy and convert it to electricity. Building owners can purchase solar windows to replace existing windows or buy solar film to retrofit existing windows. There are a variety of solar windows available, but what exactly are the benefits and challenges of this new technology?
Off the grid living is growing in popularity with a rise in innovative green living design and practices. Living off the grid requires a lot of planning and working within the boundaries of state and local laws.
For some areas in Texas, homes have always been off the grid. Some cabins, lodges, farmhouses, and homes are too far away from a power grid to make connecting feasible.
A study by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory found that the median solar panel efficiency loss is 0.5%.
This loss is mainly because of ultraviolet radiation which will slowly break down the silicon components in photovoltaic cells. At a 0.5% efficiency loss per year, your solar panels will still work at 90% of the efficiency 20 years after your solar panels are installed.
Most solar panels on the market come in a protective housing. This housing acts as a weather barrier that protects moisture, dust, and projectiles from damaging a solar cell.
The solar panel housing also has a gap between an acrylic sheet of plastic or tempered glass and the silicon solar panel so a large strike will not break the system. The solar cells we use are hail impact tested as part of the certification process.