What Do Solar Power Plants Do?
How Does Solar Power Work at Night?
Solar panels use the light waves from ultraviolet rays that the sun produces to excite the electrons in the cells of a solar panel and create a current. At night, however, these specific light wavelengths aren’t there to get the electrons moving and create a charge.
Moon Power and Lunar Panels: Fact or Fiction?
Salt of The Earth: Is this the key to Unlock Solar Nightlife?
In 2009, articles started to come out with a new plausible solution to using solar power at night. Scientists found that because salt has a high melting temperature, it's perfect for storing heat.
The Crescent Dunes Solar Energy Project in Nevada uses molten salt heated by the sun during the day. This superheated salt then powers a turbine at night or when the weather is not conducive to solar power.
This idea has proven a much cheaper option than lithium-ion batteries for storing solar power. This process, however, requires a lot of space, and the technology hasn’t converted to a usable format for homeowners. Only time will tell where this technology will go.
Financial Considerations: How the Way Your Solar Panels Work Impacts the Rate of Return
When it comes to making large additions to your home all financial aspects need consideration. Replacing your current power provider for the next 25 plus years is a large addition.
People need to know what to expect so that they can recognize when they have a good deal. Using a solar savings calculator will help you get started. Here are a couple of other things to keep in mind while considering finances.
Know that the Biggest Solar Installers Usually Aren’t the Best Options
The National Renewable Energy Laboratory did a study on the relationship between installer pricing and firm size in April of 2017. They found that large firms often aline prices with their brand’s reputation. A smaller firm, on the other hand, will likely cite fair prices for the customer.
Large installers typically charge about $2,000 to $5,000 more than a smaller one. This doesn’t mean you should completely write them off as an option. Just make sure you look at all the aspects of the product before deciding to go with a big name brand solar installer.
Solar Production and Service Warranties: An Important Consideration for Homeowners
Warranties vary depending on the manufacture of the product. A couple of different types of warranties typically come with a solar installation.
A solar installation normally has a 10-year materials warranty. This warranty covers certain materials damaged within the first 10 years of use.
Production warranties typically last for about 25 years. These warranties guarantee a certain percentage of product production. Most guarantee solar panels will still produce between 80% to 90% of their original capacity in the first 25 years of use.
Making sure that the manufacturer has good warranties will ensure the investment will last in the long run. Go Solar Group uses Axitec panels these panels have a 15-year product warranty and a 25-year production warranty of 85 percent.