At Alba Electrical Services, we understand the advantages that solar power provides. The International Energy Agency estimates that solar installations will provide 25% of the world’s energy needs by 2050, predicting that 11% of solar energy will come from panels installed on homes and office buildings.
The basic unit of a solar panel is a solar cell, which generally consists of one or more layers of silicon-based semiconductor wafers. When hit by photons in sunlight, the solar cell creates an electrical charge. Solar power systems include an array of solar panels, a mounting system, and an inverter with a computerized controller. The solar panels produce DC electricity from sunlight, which is then converted by the inverter into AC electricity, making it usable in your home. The computerized controller regulates the solar power system.
Every kilowatt-hour your panels produce is one kilowatt-hour you don’t need to purchase from your electric company. With a properly-sized system, it’s possible to produce as much power as you need, reducing your monthly bill by 20%, 50%, or even more.
As with any installation, the amount of electricity your system generates depends on numerous factors, including your location, the pitch of your roof, roof orientation, and your electricity usage. While savings will vary, a typical 4 kWp system can reduce your energy bills by as much as 60%.
Solar installations also increase the value of your home - and as energy prices continue to rise in the years ahead, your savings will also increase. You’ll benefit when you move as well, since homes with solar generally sell faster than those without.
Contact us for an assessment of your physical installation options. We can tell you how much roof space the system will take up, and provide you with a quote. After installation, we’ll walk you through the entire system and explain proper operation. To get started with solar, contact Alba Electrical Services today