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May 2017

How Do Solar Batteries Work

How Do Solar Batteries Work 479 269 Sunlux

Solar batteries are changing the game in residential and commercial solar markets, making a revolution in the way people use energy nowdays. In this post you will read everything you need to learn about how solar batteries work.

When you see a trending where everybody is trying to get a solar battery system, you need to pay attention. Residential solar panels have been installed in rooftops in a fastest way, that the popularity for solar power is growing big time in California, and it’s making the solar industry the fastest growing market, also it is the market where more jobs are produced by sector.

But solar energy consumers are taking this step to the next level. Houses generating their own solar energy now have the ability to provide power to their entire house after the sunlight disappear at nights. As you know going solar add value to your homes and cut electric bills. That’s why having a solar battery at home is the best & simple way to take the solar energy above and beyond energy expectations.

Every solar battery is done to last a high life. With this we mean that they can support a higher number of charge-discharges life cycles before their efficiency drops to 80%. They do not need a frequent maintenance so after they are charging and discharging they will still be highly functional. Solar batteries allow solar energy owners to enjoy their solar power using batteries without any worry. It came with a solar energy storage this system support all your household needs.

Smart Solar batteries are now connected with apps and new technology for renewable energy users. New Smart batteries have artificial intelligence that learn about energy & weather trends, so they will focus on get the most energy storage available for them when the sunlight is not that strong.

Solar Customers are ejoying their independence of utility bills producing their own energy with a solar battery which gives the way to energy storage and this is when things get sweet for everybody.

You go to work all day and when you come home at night you solar battery is full charged of free energy ready for everything.

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need?

How Many Solar Panels Do I Need? 479 319 Sunlux

Whenever people is considering to make the switch into solar energy, first thing they ask is: How Many Solar Panels Do I Need? That’s why we tell you all you need to know about how many solar panels to power a house you’ll need. So, let’s review a few things you need to ask yourself before going solar.

From your current electricity bill usage, you need to ask yourself: How much electricity do you want to replace with solar? Do you have a electric vehicle which needs charging? A/C running all day? A pool? Jacuzzi? Maybe you are planning to adding a new room at your place for your kids in the future. In any of this cases things can influence how many solar panels to power a house are the right amount for your electrical needs.

To determine how much solar energy you need to replace from your current utility bill, you will need to understand how many kWh you’ve used over the past 12 months, so an estimate can be in the design of your solar panel system. Let’s say you used 15,000 kw over the past 12 months. Unless you change your usage habits, this is going to be your kWh average consumption. Every person has their own habits and future needs are totally different. One person living in a home uses a different amount of power that somebody else would use at their condo. So that’s why it so hard to predict how much power is needed per square foot for each person.

how many solar panels do i need

After finding out your kWh usage over the past 12 months, you need to consider if you want to replace the whole utility bill with solar panels. You can also replace only a certain % of your usage with solar panels. This is one of the most important questions to take as a final consideration to take in mind, The idea to off grid living is producing all your own power and not buying it from any utility company, is exciting. To learn more about how does solar energy work and how to know exactly the right amount of solar panels, you can contact our Solar Energy experts and they will be more than happy to help you. Please contact Sunlux.

Benefits of Buying Vs Leasing Solar Panels

Benefits of Buying Vs Leasing Solar Panels 479 359 Sunlux

When a customer takes the decision of getting a solar system, the tough question is between buying or leasing to own the Solar Panels. If you buy it, the system is yours either if you pay it with cash, or a Solar Loan. If you choose to take a Solar Leasing Programs, the system is owned and maintained by a third party company. Each option impacts directly to the cost, maintenance, terms, savings/returns and financial offsets on your solar panel system agreement.

In the State ofCalifornia the 70% of the residential Solar Systems were funded by an external party, through a Leasing solar panels PPA, Or Solar Service Agreement. The other 30% were either purchases with cash or financing. With this information the big question for people interested in going solar and doing their research before they get the system that fits for their needs would be: Why are the majority of the solar projects funded through a Solar Lease? Because my neighbors are going solar with a lease, should this be the best for me?

We review the benefits of leasing vs purchasing your solar system:

Benefits of Leasing Solar Panels for your house

Save Money right away. You will save about 15-40% of the current utility bill price, depending on the size of your bill. The higher your bill, the more you will save.

No Upfront Cost. You are not required to put money down for installations. Solar Leasing companies pays for everything, from design, engineering, permits, equipment & installation. You only make your lease payment every month once your system is turned on, instead of making the payment to your utility company.

Free Maintenance. If something happens to your system, it’s the leasing company who will fix it. Once again you save as the system is insured by the leasing company.

The system is guaranteed to produce a minimum level of power each year. If the system produces more, it’s totally free for you. If its produces less the leasing company will pay the difference.

Benefits of Buying a Solar Panel System

Cash is always king. Cash purchases give the highest return on your investment. When you purchase, you own the equipment and all the power it produces with little to no operation costs.

Federal Tax Credits. If there are any incentives available such as tax credits or rebates, you can apply for them which reduces your net cost for the equipment. Right now, there is a 30% tax credit from the IRS if you purchase a solar system for your home. You must owe a dollar in federal tax to get a dollar in credit, but it is available if you have a tax appetite.

Increase Home Value. Purchasing a solar system adds value to your home and increases the value of any future sale of your home. A study was made by the Berkeley National Laboratory that gives credibility to this claim.

It does not matter which choice you make when going solar: cash, financed, or lease. All will give you the same power for a lot less money. That’s why people are excited about replacing the utility with solar. The added benefit of getting your power from the sun verses using the carbon rich forms of fossilized fuel is even greater for our planet. You won’t know if leasing solar panels worth it, until you shop around for a solar power lease or a solar financing program.

How Much Does A Solar Panel Cost?

How Much Does A Solar Panel Cost? 290 146 Sunlux

The electricity solar produces is free; it’s the equipment which determines the cost. The sun shines whether you capture the energy or not. Once the equipment is paid for, there is very little maintenance costs to capture the energy from the sun. It’s not unusual for a system owner to say that once the equipment is paid for, the power is free.

The actual residential panel cost has come down in the past few years as technology has improved the efficiency of solar. A person could buy all the components themselves, and install them for the lowest out of pocket cost possible. There are even books on how to do this for the do-it-yourself. Unless you know what you’re doing, We do not recommend this.

Top Cities For Solar Savings

Most cities and counties require you to obtain a permit to add solar on your home. This requires a licensed engineer or electrician to draw up plans, have them stamped, then presented to the city or county building department for approval and obtaining a permit. Many solar company installers will also assist you in financing options, either to purchase or lease. We will give you Our thoughts about buying or leasing in the next posts.

So now you know first thing to be aware of when going solar, is to evaluate the system costs for your specific needs at home. To make it simple you need to install a system that supplies your household’s electricity consumption per year.

If you need some advice about going solar at home or have any questions about solar panels cost you can contact Sunlux or download our Solar Information Book for Free!

Should I Buy A Solar System For My Home?

Should I Buy A Solar System For My Home? 360 270 D.O.T.

Because every home has different needs, You need to think very carefully about your goals. Switching to solar is a big step when looking to reduce utility bills, the decision you take should be base on how much money you save, and how much can lower your energy costs. Solar Energy market has different financing options available, and you need to take the right decision before buying a solar panel system for your home. We review every customer case to evaluate the main reasons why people choose to buy ther own solar system rather than leasing from a third party. So here’s our Top 5 reasons why you should buy your own home solar system.

  • Cash is always king. There are no financial qualifiers to meet when purchasing with cash. Cash purchases give the highest return on your investment and offer the lowest cost per kwh over the 25 years your system is under warranty. See the example below.
  • When you purchase, you own the equipment and all the power it produces with little to no operation costs.
  • Your return on investment is immediate and substantial. For example, let’s say your cost to purchase is $33,000. You avoid buying 12,000 kwh of power from the utility at an annual cost of $2,679. If you put $33,000 in the bank and received $2,679 in interest after one year, what would be your rate of return? 8.1%. Not too bad in our economy today. Where else can you net 8.1% return year after year.

  • If there are any incentives available such as tax credits or rebates, you can apply for them which reduces your net cost for the equipment. Right now, there is a 30% tax credit from the IRS if you purchase a solar system for your home. You must owe a dollar in federal tax to get a dollar in credit, but it is available if you have a tax appetite.
  • Purchasing a solar system adds value to your home and increases the value of any future sale of your home. A study was made by the Berkeley National Laboratory that gives credibility to this claim. You can read the report here. Berkeley Report Your home becomes more attractive to buyers when there will be little or no electric bill every month.

If you are interested in learning more about how to save money with solar energy Contact Sunlux.

How Does Solar Energy Work?

How Does Solar Energy Work? 360 270 D.O.T.

Solar Energy is cheaper than getting the power directly from your utility company. Energy from the sun is free, does not produce carbons, and provides the same benefits as the electricity we are used to. In fact, you won’t notice any difference in your home. If you didn’t know you had solar, you would never know the difference.

Now days, you receive your power from the utility company. It passes through a smart meter, which records how much you are receiving, and feeds your main service panel, which supplies your home through the circuit breakers.

How Does a Solar Panel Work?

A residential solar panel converts light to DC power. DC power must be converted to AC power in order to work in your home. This happens with an inverter, part of the solar installation. The conduit which carries the power being produced, and converted to AC, runs to the main service panel which supplies electricity to your home through the same circuit breakers. When you add solar to your home, a two-way circuit breaker is added to the main service panel which allows power to flow both ways.

At daylight your solar panel is producing power, the electricity from solar flows directly to power your home with whatever is needed at that moment. Quite often, your solar is producing more power than is needed in the home, and this is the best part. The excess power being generated is not lost! It flows through the two-way circuit breaker back to the utility. You can watch this happen at the meter. It goes backwards! And the best part is that the utility buys this excess power from you. They give you a credit on your bill.

When it gets dark at nights and you need power at home, here is when you get the power from the utility company. The difference now, if you have credits from the power you panels collected from sunlight during the day, you will get energy from you solar energy credits before you get power from you utility company.

For solar users, utility power acts as a storage bank for nay power panels have generated above customer needs. This is call net metering.

This arrangement with the utility for solar customers continues over a 12-month cycle. At the end of 12 months, you have a true-up day where you settle your account balance with the utility. If you have produced more power from your solar than you have consumed in your home, your credit is converted to cash and you receive the money. They buy the power from you. However, if your solar did not produce as much power as you consumed in the same amount of time, they will send you a bill for the difference.

Sunlight to Electricity

The process of converting light to electricity is not based on heat, but on daylight. One thing seems certain; the sun comes up every day. Even on cloudy days, or rainy days, or shaded locations, solar produces power. The amount of power however, depends on the intensity of the light. The more direct the sunlight, the more power is produced. That’s why solar designers like myself look for the best possible location when placing panels at your home. The ideal place is a southern exposure with no shade.

One of the major reasons people go solar is because solar is always producing power for you when there is daylight. When you are away from the home and not using much electricity, your solar is still producing power the same as any other day. This means when you are away on vacation, your solar is over producing what you need, so you are building up credits with the utility. You never lose the power your solar system makes.

Another major benefit is the low cost to maintain this conversion of light to power. Your solar expense is really paying for equipment, not operation costs. There are no moving parts to oil or maintain on a schedule. Just keep the panels free of dirt and debris for top producing efficiency. It is recommended that you wash the panels a couple times a year. Accumulated dirt acts as a filter which reduces efficiency and lowers your production.

Solar panels do degrade over time. They do not break, but they do produce less power each year. It is not a lot, but light causes the solar cell to degrade over time. A typical degradation factor is .08% per year. Most solar panel manufactures offer a 25-year production warranty, and use this degradation factor to determine how much power the panel is warranted for. A typical warranty would say that on the 25th year in service, the panel will be producing at 80% output of what it was rated to produce on day 1. Panels will continue to produce power beyond their warranty, but the amount of power reduces each year.

If you are interested in learning more about solar and how solar energy works, Contact Sunlux. You can also download our solar information book and make yourself a solar expert.