If you asked any person on the street about how solar energy systems function, they would probably be able to tell you that solar panels capture the light from the sun and turn that into electricity. That is where most people’s expertise ends. Some form of solar energy technology has been around for more than 100 years, but most people still don’t have a crystal clear idea of how it works.
At PCS Energy, we believe that it is vital for people to be educated on the details of solar energy systems so they can better understand the advantages they offer to your utility expenses. In this post, we will discuss some of the fundamentals of solar energy and answer a few of the most common questions about solar energy.
The Solar Energy Basics
We’ve all seen simple examples of solar energy for things like calculators and highway signs, but in recent years, you have probably started to see solar panel systems start to pop up on roofs of houses and commercial buildings. The adoption of solar technology is increasing across the United States as more and more people come to understand all of its advantages. Solar power is one of the most reliable and efficient sources of clean energy available in the world today.
What Is a Renewable Source of Energy?
Solar is known as a clean, renewable energy source because of the way it captures the sun’s energy. Renewable means that the sun is not going anywhere, and no matter how many solar panels we install, we are not going to exhaust its energy reserves. The solar power system on your neighbor’s roof also won’t make yours any less efficient. There is no competition for sunlight. The only way someone else could negatively affect your solar consumption is if they blocked or shaded your panels in some way. That is why the experts at PCS Energy work with you to plan the best placement for your solar panel system.
Will Solar Panels Work Better Closer to the Sun?
This is a fair question because many solar systems you see are installed on roofs and high structures. The truth is that height has little to do with the efficiency of your solar panels. Installing solar systems on roofs just often gives them the best exposure to direct sunlight. The roof of your home or commercial building is also a prime spot for solar panel installation because that is space that is going unused. Panels on ground mounts and panels on a roof can have the same level of efficiency so long as they are exposed to the same levels of direct sunlight.
Direct sunlight is important because that is what allows solar energy to work at its best. Your system can still generate electricity on cloudy days or when the sun is at a lower point in the sky, but it won’t be quite as much. You can talk to PCS Energy about your geographical location and the optimal time of day the sun will hit your solar panels.
At PCS Energy, we’ve made it our mission to help customers find the most energy-efficient solutions for their home and facilities. Whether that means solar power, LED lighting, or process automation, our team of experts and electrical contractors are here to provide more energy independence for our customers.
I Understand the Fundamentals of Solar Energy, but How Much Will It Cost Me?
Cost is always an important question when it comes to solar technology. Among the chief benefits of solar power are reducing the cost of your electricity bills and making your home or facility more energy efficient, but people wonder how long it will be before they make a return on their investment.
Not only can the team at PCS Energy give you an exact prediction of how long it will take to earn back your investment, but we also help you reduce the initial expenses with federal tax incentives and energy rebates. We have an in-depth knowledge of all the tax incentives that will apply to your unique project and will be there to navigate the application process on your behalf. These incentives and rebates can bring your solar project within reach.
Reach Out Today for a Free Energy Audit From PCS Energy
Are you curious about the effectiveness of solar power? Want to know more about all of the ways your home or facility could use solar energy? PCS Energy offers a free energy audit to help customers learn more about the opportunities that are waiting for them in solar services. One of our energy auditors can come out to assess your current situation and put together a personalized recommendation of how you can take advantage of solar power systems.
To learn more about our solar services and the advantages of solar technology, contact PCS Energy today.