SOLAR ELECTRIC PANELS
When it comes to Going Green there are truly very few home improvements that can out weigh the benefits of solar panels. The Suns light is the greatest renewable source of energy known to man. By allowing your home to draw its energy from the sun you eliminate your dependence on the electrical companies that use mostly fossil fuels to create the energy. Switching your home to Solar power is a wonderful contribution to your environment and a great step forward in reducing reliance upon depleting fossil fuels. The solar energy market has risen a steady 30% a year for the last 15 years and grew by 57% alone in 2007(Global solar center.) The wave of the future is renewable, waste-free solar energy.
HOW THEY WORK
Solar panels, although a relatively new product to storm the market, utilize a technology that was revealed in 1839 when a French physicist discovered the photovoltaic effect.
Solar panels are a photovoltaic cell, through the photovoltaic effect PV cells collect radiant heat from the sun and then convert it to usable direct current DC energy for the home.
Some of the first generation solar panels ranged from only 2 – 6% efficiency. Since the mid 1950s the focus has been on increasing the efficiency of the solar cells. Today’s solar panels are capable of reaching 30% efficiency levels. (they can convert 30% of the energy they draw from the sun into usable household energy.) The costs of solar technology has also significantly dropped making it more available to residential and commercial markets.
Today thousands are enjoying the benefits of solar power, while government programs encourage more to join the effort in conserving and using renewable energy.
WHY DOES SOLAR MAKE SO MUCH “CENTS” IN AZ?
As someone looking to install a solar energy system in Arizona, you really couldn’t be in a better place. We’re not just saying that – there really is no better state in the country when it comes to the number of sunny days and solar exposure we have. On average, Arizona residents spend 85% of our days under the sun. Our closest competitor, Nevada, only sees the sun for 79% of their days. 3 of the top 5 sunniest cities in the country are right here in Arizona. What does this all of this mean? Well, looking at it from a purely financial standpoint, it means this: The solar energy system you install on a home here in Arizona is going to produce more energy and save you more money than if you installed that same system anywhere else in the country. The return on your investment, or ROI, of solar energy in Arizona is unbeatable and it is simply a function of living in the right place at the right time. Did you know how lucky you are?
STAGGERING YEAR OVER YEAR GROWTH
SEIA REPORTS: The U.S. Solar industry achieved another record year in 2014, growing by 34% over 2013 to install nearly 7,000 megawatts (MW) of solar electric capacity. Within the photovoltaic (PV) sector, over 6,200 MW of capacity was installed, led by the residential and utility segments, which grew by 51% and 38%, respectively. The concentrating solar power segment enjoyed its largest year ever with 767 MW of capacity installed. Together, the solar industry istalled 32% of all new electricity generating capacity in the U.S. – second only to natural gas. This growth is expected to continue, with an additional 20,000 MW of solar capacity projected over the next two years.