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Solar 101

Florida, the "Sunshine State,” ranks third in the nation for rooftop solar potential

 

Florida Quick Facts

 

  National Ranking: 10th (3rd in 2017)

  State Homes Powered by Solar: 156,678

  Percentage of State's Electricity from Solar: 0.49%

  Total Solar Investment in State: $2,065.25 million

  Growth Projection: 4,761 MW over the next 5 years (ranks 2nd)

 

SOLAR GLOSSARY

 

SOLAR ARRAY – Multiple solar panels wired together. Panels produce electricity when sunlight hits them. They can be mounted to the roof or on the ground.

 

INVERTER – Device that converts the electricity produced by your solar panels from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC), which can be used by your home

 

kW – Kilowatt is a measurement of the size of your system. 1 kW is 1,000 W (watts). Most residential systems are 4 – 8kW in size.

 

kWh – Kilowatt-hour is a measurement of the electricity produced by your system. The amount of kilowatt-hours produced by one kW of solar varies from location to location. Every kWh of electricity you produce from solar is one less kWh you have to purchase from your utility.

 

What is Net Metering?

 

The policy that allows you to export any excess solar electricity back onto the electric grid and get compensated for that electricity. Net metering ensures you receive credit for all the solar electricity you produce, whether its consumed immediately in your home or exported to the grid.

Solar Benefits for Homeowners

Save money on your utility bill

With a Solar PV system, you have the ability to reduce or eliminate your utility bill.

 

Stop rising utility rates

Although it is difficult to predict future rates, most analysts expect them to continue to rise due to various and complex market developments.

 

Reduce carbon emissions

Producing solar energy is completely renewable, and unlike coal, oil or natural gas, solar doesn’t release greenhouse gas emissions.

Support economic growth

Boost your community’s economy by supporting local clean energy companies and the jobs they provide.

 

Increase your home’s value

Applying a specific dollar amount to the resale value of solar is tricky, but generally homes with solar have shown to increase the home’s value and often attracts additional buyers than homes without solar.

How Does Solar Work During The Day & Night?

During the Day

 

Solar PV systems generates electricity quietly and without any moving parts. During the day sunlight falls on the solar panels which then generates DC electricity. That DC electricity is then converted into household 120V AC electricity by the inverter. The AC electricity is then fed into your electric meter and circuit breaker panel. The generated electricity then powers your home. When your home is not using all the energy produced by your solar pv system, excess energy is sent to the grid. This happens every day from sunrise to sunset.

 

 

During the Night or Limited Sunlight

 

At night and during cloudy weather, the solar energy system's output is reduced or stopped. When this happens you will receive electricity directly from the utility grid. In Florida you’re always connected to the grid, so you can have as much power as you need, any time you need it, regardless of whether the solar energy system is producing power.

 

What Is A Solar Panel?

 

A solar panel, or photovoltaic (PV), is an electrical device that converts solar light into electrical energy.

 

The installation location and available space play a role in selecting your solar panels.

 

Quality solar panels come with a 25 year power production warranty!

 

Monocrystalline solar cells are made out of silicon ingots, which are cylindrical in shape.  A good way to separate mono- and polycrystalline solar panels is that polycrystalline solar cells look perfectly rectangular with no rounded edges.

Polycrystalline Silicon Solar Cells was the first solar panels based on polycrystalline silicon, which also is known as polysilicon (p-Si). A good way to separate mono- and polycrystalline solar panels is that polycrystalline solar cells look perfectly rectangular with no rounded edges.

What Are Inverters?

The most critical point of any solar energy system

is the inverter!

 

  • The inverter is designed to convert the sun’s DC energy created by the solar panels into usable AC energy for your home.

 

  • There are three popular inverter types, string, string with optimizers & micro inverters. Choosing the right inverter for an application has numerous variables including shade, trees, roof design and existing electrical system.

 

  • Inverter selection should be based on the best products available in the marketplace and your current and future energy needs.

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