What is solar energy?
Solar energy comes from the sun. It is renewable, clean and a viable step in reducing our carbon footprint.
What Are Solar Panels and How Do They Work?
Solar panels are made up of cells that convert solar energy into electricity your home can use. The Direct Current (or DC power) Is the type of energy your solar panels produce.
This energy is sent to an inverter – a module installed outside the home that converts DC power into alternating current or AC power. Alternating current is the standard electricity used to power most homes.
The AC power is then fed to the service panel and into your home.
At night or on a cloudy day your solar panels cannot produce energy. But rechargeable batteries will keep the lights on even when the sun goes out. The solar panels charge the battery during the day and in the evening, or when there is no sun, the power is drawn from the battery.
For residential solar panels, deep-cycle batteries are used to store power because these type of batteries have a long shelf life and will continue to work even after repeated discharges.
Your solar panels work year-round despite our harsh winters. While cold temperatures will not affect your solar panels, heavy snowfall will prevent solar production. Luckily, It’s easy to clear off your panels with the right equipment.
If your solar energy exceeds your home’s electrical needs the excess electricity is fed back into the power grid.
The average home has sufficient roof-area to install the necessary solar panels that will produce enough electricity to power a home but the decision is up to you. The cost associated with the parts and installation of a solar system is a substantial investment, but for some the practicality of solar energy is worth the investment.
A licensed professional must install your solar panel system to ensure that it is running safely and effectively, and meets the Electrical Safety Authority codes associated with solar installation. Birnie Home Safe can help you with that.
Savings will depend on each individual home. There are different circumstances that will affect energy savings or government incentives.
Every installation starts with a conversation. Let’s make sure that solar energy is right for you. Your home will need an assessment and an energy audit to determine how much electricity it currently uses. It is imperative that your residence has a safe electrical infrastructure before we begin this project.
Please note existing electrical issues or hazards, in the home, may warrant the need of a full-day electrical inspection with subsequent repairs.