Solar Panel System Basics

/Solar Panel System Basics

solarhouse1Are you thinking about buying a solar electric system for your home or business? You’ve come to the right place. Oak Electric Service is one of southeast Michigan’s leading solar panel system installers.

Solar electric systems, also called photovoltaic or PV systems, are reliable and pollution-free. They make use of a renewable source of energy—the sun.

Photovoltaic (PV) systems convert sunlight directly to electricity. They work any time the sun is shining, but more electricity is produced when the sunlight is more intense and strikes the PV modules directly (as when rays of sunlight are perpendicular to the PV modules). Unlike solar thermal systems for heating water, PV does not use the sun’s heat to make electricity. Instead, electrons freed by the interaction of sunlight with semiconductor materials in PV cells are captured in an electric current.

Keep in mind that PV works best in an energy-efficient building. So, adding insulation and energy-efficient lighting, appliances, and windows is a good idea, to reduce your home’s overall electricity use before you install a PV system.

Some utilities have net metering programs, which further enhance the economics of PV. Net metering means that when your PV system generates more power than you need, the excess goes to the utility grid and the meter runs backward. This allows you to receive full retail value for the power that your PV system generates.

Although solar power systems are continuing to become more affordable, a PV system can still be a substantial investment. As with any investment, careful planning will help you make the right decisions for your home or business.

If you are considering solar power panels for your home or business, the solar power specialists at Oak Electric Service are happy to answer your questions, including inquiries about financing for solar installations. We invite you to visit our website at www.oakelectric.com to learn more about us; or give us a call at (800) 964-7070.

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