Everything You Need to Know About Solar!
Solar Power Costs
Technology improvements and policies to promote research, development, and installation of solar have resulted in tremendous drops in the cost of solar power over the past several years. Even without taking important health and safety costs (note that a Harvard study concluded in 2011 that the health costs of coal are $500 billion a year in the U.S.), environmental costs, energy security costs, and other social costs into account, solar is already cost-competitive with new electricity from conventional energy options like coal and nuclear energy (if you take into account how long it would take coal or nuclear plants to get built) — see the graphs below.
Power Your Home With Clean Energy
Solar power systems derive clean, pure energy from the sun. Installing solar panels on your home helps combat greenhouse gas emissions and reduces our collective dependence on fossil fuel.
Traditional electricity is sourced from fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas. When fossil fuels are burned to create energy, they emit toxic gases that are the primary cause of pollution and global warming.
Not only are fossil fuels bad for the environment, they’re a finite resource. Limited availability creates a volatile market in which energy prices can skyrocket in a short period of time.
Big Environmental Impact.
The average EHS Solar PV panel system will offset 178 tons of carbon dioxide over 30 years.
- Saving the amount of fuel it takes to drive 390,300 miles, which would get you around the equator about 15.7 times.
- Planting 10 football fields full of trees.
- Conserving so much water used in electricity production that it would fill 6.7 Olympic-sized swimming pools.
- Eliminating the need to burn 174,907 pounds of coal.
Pv Solar & How It Works
Photovoltaic (PV) devices generate electricity directly from sunlight via an electronic process that occurs naturally in certain types of material, called semiconductors. Electrons in these materials are freed by solar energy and can be induced to travel through an electrical circuit, powering electrical devices or sending electricity to the grid.
Photons strike and ionize semiconductor material on the solar panel, causing outer electrons to break free of their atomic bonds. Due to the semiconductor structure, the electrons are forced in one direction creating a flow of electrical current. •Solar cells are not 100% efficient in Diagram of a typical crystalline silicon solar cell. Solar cells are not 100% efficient in part because some of the light spectrum is reflected, some is too weak to create electricity (infrared) and some (ultraviolet) creates heat energy instead of electricity.
Solar Secures Lower Energy Rates
Protect yourself from unpredictable rate hikes. Utility costs tend to rise every year, but EHS lets you secure lower, predictable solar energy rates that are guaranteed for years to come. Your Auditor will tell you how much you can save!
Selling Your Home After Solar Install
We understand that many customers don’t expect to live in their homes for 20 years. That’s okay. For the average installation, solar panels add a $20,000+ premium to the sales price of the home based on repeat sales data. Solar may seem expensive to install, but Efficient Home Services of Florida has done all research for you to and has created customized solar packages based upon you home’s specific needs. The effective price to homeowners with subsidies including the federal tax credit with our packages ends with a result of no out of pocket cost to the homeowner. Thus, homeowners recover approximately 97% of their investment costs – in addition to the savings associated with reduced energy bills.
What To Expect The Day Of The Install
Your solar installation team arrives.
A team of expert installers will introduce themselves, review your personalized solar panel installation plan and ask you for access to work areas like your electrical panel and attic. Simple enough.
The crew marks off work zones.
This step is necessary so the team can gain better access to work areas. They will be as neat as possible but since your home is a temporary work site, you’ll probably be seeing a few tools and materials in designated areas during the solar installation process.
Safety ropes are installed, as well as the rails your solar panels will sit on.
You may hear some noise when this happens, but it’s nothing to worry about. Rest assured that the solar panel installation team will securely seal all holes at the end of installation. Plus, you have the peace of mind of knowing that you’re covered by our warranty.
Electrical equipment goes on the side of your home.
Crew members will mount equipment such as an inverter, a meter and electrical disconnects. They’ll also install electrical wiring (known as conduit) to connect the equipment and custom design it for your home.
The moment you’ve been waiting for.
Up go the solar panels and down goes the crew, leaving your home as spotless as they found it. Now, you’re one step closer to getting clean, renewable energy!
Reap the benefits.
Within the next few weeks, the city or county will do its final inspection. Then your local utility company installs its net meter and gives you permission to operate or PTO (don’t worry we submit all that paperwork for you) and you’re good to go.
Congratulations, the solar panel installation is complete! Now you can tap into those shiny new, energy-generating solar panels and start saving big on your electric bill.