Solar Panels: How They Save the Environment and Energy Costs

Drive through any southern California neighborhood and you are likely to see solar panels on the roofs of residents who have decided to save money, reduce their home energy use, and support the environment by going solar.

solar-panels-california In fact, California is leading the solar revolution and has become the first state to generate more than 5% of electricity from utility solar. More and more businesses and residents in southern California are taking advantage of year round energy-producing sunshine, and saving thousands on their electric bills. With so many advantages of going solar, one of the first questions inquisitive minds ask is: how do solar panels work?

Simply put, a solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. Solar panels are comprised of many, smaller units called photovoltaic cells (photovoltaic simply means they convert sunlight into electricity).

One solar panel is made up of many small photovoltaic solar cells. Each of these cells uses light to make electrons move.:Below is a step by step process of how your solar panels convert the sun’s light into energy for your home.

  • Everyday, light hits your roof’s solar panels with photons (particles of sunlight)
  • The panel converts those photons into electrons of direct current (“DC”) electricity. Naturally, the sunnier it is, the more energy is produced by the panels.
  • Those produced electrons flow out of the panel and into an inverter and other electrical safety devices.
  • The inverter converts that “DC” power into alternating current or “AC” power. AC power is the kind of electric juice that your television, computer, and toasters use when plugged into the wall outlet.
  • A bi-directional meter keeps track of the all the power your solar system produces. Any solar energy that you don’t use immediately will go back into the grid through the meter. Then at night or on cloudy days, that extra solar juice is credited back to your bill.
  • Some homes will store the energy created from solar panels with a battery, this is not as common as connecting to the grid, but if you are able to accomplish this, then you have truly become energy independent! solar-panels-in-california

Solar Tip! Solar panels that can avoid shade, can maximize sun coverage will produce the most solar energy power.

Considering going solar for your home energy needs? Don’t miss out on available tax credits and rebates that you can take advantage of

before the end of the year. Contact our solar experts on the web or by phone 800-400-4152. Action Air, your solar San Diego professionals.

Back-to-School Tips: How Your District Can Save Money & Reduce it’s Carbon Footprint

The hustle and bustle of back-to-school can be a very hectic time of the year, the kids are back the teachers are back and the list of what needs to be done seems endless! With so much to think about and so much to do, money seems to be spent fast and quickly wasted. Something most schools don’t consider is Solar Energy and its money saving effects while reducing your carbon footprint. All it takes is one suggestion and some persistence to get the ball moving to solar energy for your district.

Here’s a couple reasons to implement Solar Energy at your School District:

Money Saving

For school districts saving money can lead to a better quality education for students and what parent wouldn’t be thrilled with that. By using solar panels the money saving process can happen immediately in monthly utility bills. Schools can also save thousands of dollars in the future through tax breaks and incentives. In a San Ramon Valley school district an estimated $24.4 million dollars will be saved over the course of the next 25 years- thats a lot of pencils and erasers. Saving money means more money for supplies, field trips and creating a better quality of life for students and employees alike.

Community Support

Community support is important for school districts, communities in SoCal love to rally behind a clean green cause. The positive press from going green and getting solar panels can lead to a better schooling and teach students more about science, technology, the environment, engineering and mathematics. This emphasis on STEM studies can often leading to better test scores and grades in general. Better testing and better quality schools generally leads to a happier community and the school board will respond well to community support

Installing solar energy and panels is a leap toward the future and inspires other to be more green and effective. The sun always shines on going green! Contact an Action Air Solar representative to schedule an audit to get started.