There are many reasons to install solar electric generating systems for you home or business. These include:
Whatever your reason, solar electricity is the best solution for providing electricity for your home or business. Why? Solar electricity is produced from an unending renewable source, the sun. In addition, once you have a solar electric system installed, the cost of operation is absolutely free. Solar electric power generation helps you control the ever-rising cost of electric utility bills. Whether you zero out your monthly bill or reduce it by 20-50-70%, dollars you are spending with the power company every month can be used to make you, your own power company.
Solar electricity works on the principle of photovoltaics. Technically speaking, photovoltaic’s (PV) apply the technology of using solar cells to convert sunlight directly into electricity. Power is then safely is routed to your appliances or if you make more than you are using, it is sent back to the power company where they must buy it back from you.
There are two primary types of solar electric systems, grid-tie systems and battery storage systems.
The most popular is a grid-tie system, which allows the owner to create electricity during sunlight hours and use electricity from the local power company during non-sunlight hours. Net Metering is the practice of using a single meter to track both the electricity you have used from the power company and the electricity you have sent to the power company. In Florida, the power company must buy back from its customers any electricity sent back to the grid, at the same price as the electricity it sells to its customers.
During daylight hours, a solar electric system sends power generated into the home or business to meet its power demands. Any excess power is sent back to the power company, making the electric meter spin backwards or recorded on a separate channel. If you generate more electricity than you consume during the month, you receive a credit from your utility provider against the next month’s bill.
A battery storage system also allows the owner to generate electricity during sunlight hours, and store the excess electricity for use during non-sunlight hours. While there are a few applications where a battery storage system makes sense, less than 10% of all solar electric systems are battery storage systems, due to the additional expense of batteries and the lower efficiency that comes with these systems.
There has never been a better time to invest in a solar electric system for your home or business. The combination of federal and state incentive programs have made solar electricity affordable for most homeowners. Ask your Solar Energy Systems sales consultant for details of the current incentive programs.
Whichever solar electric system is the best solution for you, most consumers will also install a solar hot water system in addition to their solar electric system, because this will allow the PV system to satisfy a higher proportion of household electric demand, making the PV system even more cost effective.
Residential or Commercial there is no job too small or too large. If you need water heated, we can design and install systems to solve your energy needs. To schedule a FREE consultation or estimate, call 772-464-2663 or 800-330-7657, or contact us via email at info@solarenergysystemsFL.com.
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Solar cells are elegantly simple, made from special materials that are neither insulators (like plastics) nor conductors of electricity (like copper wire). When they are exposed to light and absorb photons (particles of light and other forms of electromagnetic radiation), these materials - called "semi-conductors" - allow an electrical current to be generated.
Photons contain various amounts of energy depending on the different wavelengths of the solar spectrum. This energy level determines what happens when photons strikes a photovoltaic cell, where they will either be absorbed, reflected or pass right through. Some of the absorbed photons generate electricity, others generate heat, and some never reach the external circuit.
The electrons in a semiconductor material live in a range of defined energy levels, each one known as a band.
The conduction band is partially filled with electrons, creating a negative charge.
The valence band has areas where electrons are missing - known as holes - equivalent to a positive charge.
In the absence of light, the positive and negative charges balance each other out. But when light energy in the form of protons strikes the semiconductor material, electrons are dislodged and the equilibrium is disturbed.
This causes electrons to move down an external circuit in the form of light-generated electricity: a phenomenon which is called the photovoltaic effect.
Around fifteen per cent of the energy of sunlight can be used to produce electricity using photovoltaic solar technology.
The individual solar cell's size determines the amount of current and power it is capable of producing - at most some 0.5 Volts (V). In order to generate a significant amount of electricity, several solar cells are assembled into modules.
Certain kinds of cells, such as those made from thin films, can be made directly into modules without needing to make separate cells first. Generally constructed to give an output somewhere between twenty W and 100 W, these modules can themselves be connected together to make arrays that could potentially supply several megawatts of power.
Solar cells can be made of different semiconductor materials. Each solar cell also consists of an electrical contact with the semiconductor that carries the electrons away from the solar cell and into the electrical circuit where they can, for instance, power a light bulb or charge a battery.
The whole cell is then encapsulated in a transparent cover that provides environmental protection and contains an anti-reflection coating to make sure that as little light as possible is reflected away from the cells.
The different types of solar cells are:
The ProChargerª line of solar modules makes it easier than ever to enjoy the many benefits of using solar energy. Solar is the clean, quiet way to generate power for many of your electrical needs. Almost anywhere that utility-grid power is not readily available, solar electricity can be your most practical and dependable power source.
ProCharger electrical systems can be setup to give you all the power you need, year around, including enough power to take care of anticipated sunless periods. Should you ever need more electricity, modular design makes it easy to expand your system. Also, Procharger modules are compatible with other types of generators to achieve complete energy solutions.
ProChargers bring ease and convenience to many popular solar uses.
ProChargers give RV owners independence. There's independence from the fuel, fumes, and noise of motor generators. And there's the independence from having to stay where there are electrical hookups. Whatever your need, from battery maintenance, to power for all of your appliances and accessories, ProChargers can handle it.
Solar electricity is the natural way to generate power for all or part of your boat's onboard electrical needs. Systems can be configured to power emergency-communications, lights, instrumentation, navigation equipment, and even refrigerators. ProChargers are warranted to standup to even the hardest marine environments and continue to perform efficiently.
The pleasure of a remote home or cabin is even greater when you are sure of year after year of trouble-free electrical power, with practically no maintenance needed. Dependable ProCharger systems operate silently, burn no fuel, and create no waste. Modular design lets you expand a system easily if your electrical needs grow.