Lets talk about Grid-tied solar panel systems. Harnessing solar energy does generally not cause pollution. However, there are emissions associated with the manufacturing, transportation and installation of solar power systems – almost nothing compared to most conventional energy sources. It is clear that solar energy reduces our dependence on non-renewable energy sources. This is an important step in fighting the climate crisis.
While solar power certainly is less polluting than fossil fuels, some problems do exist. Some manufacturing processes are associated with greenhouse gas emissions. Nitrogen trifluroide and sulfur hexafluoride has been traced back to the production of solar panels. These are some of the most potent greenhouse gases and have many thousand times the impact on global warming compared to carbon dioxide. Transportation and installation of solar power systems can also indirectly cause pollution.
In December 2015 the US Senate passed an extension to the 30% Renewable Tax Credit, extending this tax credit for a further 8 years. In addition to this federal tax credit, there are also rebates available in some jurisdictions at either the state, county or utility company level. If you use the solar panel calculator here you can see what rebates, tax credits and other incentives your house is entitled to based on its location, the utility company you are with and the number of solar panels you need to power your home.
Solar panels (also known as photovoltaic panels) are installed on your home. The solar panels convert light (photons) into electricity (voltage). Each panel is connected to a microinverter that changes the electric current from DC (direct current) to AC (alternating current). Each microinverter operates independently of the others so that if one stops working your system is still generating maximum power. An alternative to being tied to the utility company is an off-grid solar panel system. An off-grid system is similar to a grid-tied system with the exception that all the solar energy that is generated is stored in solar energy battery banks in your home. A charge controller sits between the batteries and the solar cells to ensure that the batteries do not overcharge. With an off-grid system you are 100% electricity independent.
After signing the agreement, the installation process will begin. We’ll take care of acquiring the necessary permits to ensure state and local requirements are met. Abiding by the signed agreement, our installation team will complete the job within the estimated time and budget while making the process as simple for you as possible. The length of time it takes us to complete your installation will vary depending on the complexity of the system and size of the roof.
If you’re ready to invest in your future with an environmentally-friendly solution, the question on everyone’s mind is how much do solar panels cost? In Denver, Colorado many believe solar power comes with a hefty price tag. However, solar panels are actually more affordable than many realize. In fact, the cost to install solar power has dropped more than 70% in the last 10 years, allowing the industry to deploy thousands of systems nationwide. In 2015 alone, solar prices dropped by 3% in just one year. Plus, there are now many government incentives and rebates that make residential solar panels more affordable than ever before. See more info at Denver solar energy for homeowners.