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Solar Power Myths and Questions

Solar power is often misunderstood even in this day and age.  This article will attempt to unravel some of the confusion regarding this renewable power source.

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Solar Power Myths:  You Have to Have Full Sun And Panels Are Expensive

Do you need direct sunlight for solar panels?  How this misconception started goes back to older panels of the 60’s and 70’s, where pretty much if a bird flew by it cut power to the house.  Modern solar panels, however, use daylight as opposed to sunlight.  Solar panels gather photons from the ambient light around them and convert them to energy.  In a way, they’re like big silver plants, only you don’t have to water them.  While direct sunlight gives solar panels the biggest concentration of photons obviously, they will still work in overcast conditions.  After all, look at Germany.  It is often overcast there yet they use solar power as part of their commitment to renewable power sources.   Modern solar panels have lenses and mirrors that make use of whatever light that reaches them.  Even streetlights can add a bit. Time for our next myth.  Solar panels are expensive.

Solar panels are only expensive if you’re looking at initial investment.  You do have to put down money to install panels of course, however, when you start looking at energy cost savings as we covered in our last article, you actually end up making your investment back in a decade or even less.  On the subject of investment, how long do solar panels last?

How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

A myth that is based on old information is still floating around.  Solar panels only last about five years and they have be replaced.  Not exactly.  Modern solar panels last between twenty and twenty five years.  So way past five years!  And that figure is just the cover on the panels.  If you recover your panels every twenty years, your solar panels will probably outlive you.

So remember, solar panels have come a long way from the bulky, low watt units of just a few years ago.  Now, you can have solar panels the thickness of a ream of paper that have dozens if not hundreds of solar cells to generate power for your home or business.  If you have questions about solar panels or how they’re installed, please give us a call.

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Solar Panels and Fun Facts About Them Part 3

Part thre eof our series on solar panel installation explores some more fun facts about them.

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What Are Solar Solar Panels Made Of?

What are solar panels made of?  Well, most of them nowadays are made of amorphous polycrystalline silicon.  The beauty of solar panels is that they last  quite a while and are currently 97% recyclable.  And here’s something cool that you may not know about solar panels.  Ever watched a time-elapse film of a plant following the sun?

Tracker solar panels  are designed to follow the sunlight and get the maximum charge off the sun, a great idea copied from nature itself.  But what about solar panels that are fixed rack solar?

Fixed Rack Solar Panels

Let’s face it, if you live in Arizona, you most likely have a building that get’s some sunlight.  A fixed rack solar panel is placed according to Arizona’s position on the globe.  So, you can get maximum sunlight during both the winter and the summer months.  The nice thing about both types of solar panels is where you can put them.

Most people opt for putting them on their roofs, however, a great many apartment complexes and parking garages are placing them on their parking garages instead.  This makes an ingenious double use of space.  For one, it provides power to the building or buildings, and for another it provides shade to people.  If you have lived in Arizona long enough, you know that shade is something to aim for whenever possible, particularly in the summer. Here’s another fun fact about solar power. If you put the right sized mirror on the ground, it can boost the power output of a solar panel by up to 70%! Solar power isn’t just used down here, though.

Solar is used in outer space too. Look at the International Space Station or any satellite if you don’t believe us. It really is the energy of the future. So, what are you waiting for? Why not join the sustainable energy revolution and install solar panels today.

This concludes part three of our series. for more solar panel information, be sure to read part one and part two as well.

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Solar Panels and Fun Facts About Them Part 2

Part two of our series on solar panel installation explores some more fun facts about them.

Using Solar Power

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Even if you’re very old-fashioned, you may not know it yet, but you may already be using solar power.  Both Salt River Project and APS incorporate solar panels at some of their power plants across the valley.  Speaking of solar power plants, did you know there is a huge one out in California? It is impressive, however, there is an even bigger one being built in Arizona, as this article excerpt from Forbes shows:

The project, owned by NRG Energy NRG +1.21% and MidAmerican Solar, sits on 2,400 acres between Yuma and Phoenix. They hired Arizona-based First Solar FSLR +0.35% to build and operate the project, which also uses First Solar’s thin film solar panels that rely on a compound of cadmium-telluride to convert sunlight into electricity.Called Agua Caliente, the project will ship electricity to San Francisco-based Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which signed a 25-year purchase agreement. At maximum production, the project will generate enough electricity for about 230,000 homes. [READ MORE]

And if you think solar power is a passing fad, think again.  In fact demand for solar panels has for the first time in US history is exceeding supply.  All this in just a few short decades since they were released on the market in 1956!  Since there is increased competition in the solar industry, solar panels are also dropping quickly in price.  Giants such as First Solar are basing their headquarters in Arizona.  Solar power has been growing at an explosive rate, with 30% growth projected for the next decade or so.  It makes sense if you think about it, particularly in an environment like Arizona.

Solar Panel Installation and Energy Costs

Arizona is obviously famous for its hot temperatures and the sun.  Arizona is very sunny and a lot of people like to come here particularly during the winter as our state  has about 300 days of sunshine a year.  And during the summer months, the daylight hours last from 5am until 8pm at night.  Solar panels are a lot more powerful than they used to be as well.  The older model solar panels didn’t generate a tenth of the power they do now.  But newer generation panels produce a lot of power with very little space.

So remember, you want to help the planet.  Recycle when you can, and reduce the strain on the power grid.  One way that you can help is to install solar panels today.

This concludes part two of our series. for more solar panel information, be sure to read part one and part three as well.

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Solar Panels Part 3: Business and Solar

In part three of our three part series, we explore the benefits of installing solar panels at a place of business. Be sure to read part one and two of this series as well.

Commercial Solar Power: Is it Time?

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A lot of people that are opposed to commercial solar power throw out a rather depressing number.  0.5%.  That’s the amount of power generated by the power companies in Arizona that comes from solar power.  It’s argued that power companies don’t believe in solar power because it doesn’t work.  Correction, solar power works quite well, and it is one part of a recent trend  towards more renewable energy.  Solar power represents change, and a change that may cause the end of the power grid as we know it.

Sound ominous?  It isn’t.  The way our power grid works is that a few power companies scattered across the US have power plants run by fossil fuels as a rule with  diesel and coal as the biggest sources of power.  Solar power is a stunning example of a trend towards decentralized electricity. If you think a change of this magnitude can’t happen, take a look at mobile phones.  Fifteen years ago or so, a mobile phone was in addition to your home’s landline.  Nowadays a lot of people have then instead of a landline.  And solar power is showing a similar growth patten.  So solar power is starting to achieve more and more prominence, and one area that is seeing a startling upswing is the area of commercial solar installation.

Solar Panels in Business

Using the time frame of a decade, a lot of commercial solar panels have been installed.  Some buildings in fact, have an interesting framework on the outside of them that from a distance just looks decorative, but is in fact, an array of solar cells.  As more demand has gone up, so too has solar technology seen some great new developments.  Now one solar panel that’s only a few inches in size can generate a larger amount of power.  With people’s concerns about the environment increasing, a company gets some good PR when they can legally claim that they are using sustainable energy such as solar. When people approve of a business, they are more likely to do business with that organization.  And if that weren’t enough, look at other things too.

A lot of homeowners are savvy to the idea that they can get tax rebates for installing panels on their roof, but businesses can benefit from these incentives too.  That’s right, both on a federal and a state level, there are several tax breaks for installing solar panels at your business as well as at home.

So, as you see, solar power has started to become a growth industry.  The solar revolution is here, so you have to ask yourself:  is it time to install solar panels for my business?

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Solar Panels Part 1: Safe and Renewable Energy
Solar Panels Part 2: Homeowners and Solar
Solar Panels Part 3: Business and Solar

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