While solar panels are a costly investment, they come with multiple advantages for homeowners. They can reduce your energy bills, enhance property values and are environmentally friendly. Aviara Solar has a team of solar panel installation experts who can assist with installing long-lasting solar panels in nearly every home type throughout San Diego County. Let’s take a closer look at all the costs, benefits and details involved in solar and solar panel installations.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
Every panel is comprised of small elements known as PV (photovoltaic) cells. Photovoltaic refers to the conversion of light to energy. PV cells function when photons (light particles) release electrons from atoms, which stimulates an electrical current. The more cells a panel has and the more panels are on hand, the more electricity is generated.
The Benefits Of Solar Panel Installation In San Diego?
- Among other states in the country, California has enormously high energy bills. Such costs can be minimized – if not eliminated – through the use of solar panels. Granted, cost reductions are based on how big a home is and the amount of energy it uses. San Diego Gas and Electric provides a net metering system for solar customers. When your solar panels produce more power than necessary, your electric meter will show a reversal. In other words, you are providing power to the grid rather than using it. As a result, you will be issued a credit on your energy bill.
- This will help you save thousands of dollars over a three year span, though the duration is malleable. After all, you are credited for the surplus power that you push back into the power grid. This whole process can substantially raise the value of your property as solar panel-powered homes tend to get sold quicker along with being a worthwhile investment, even if you have plans to relocate at some point. Further, solar energy is a friendly to the environment since it doesn’t use fossil fuels (which fills the atmosphere with pollutants).
San Diego Solar Panel Installation And Cost
Solar Panel Warranty and Cost
- Initially, solar panel installation can be pricey, however, the federal government and the state of California provide numerous incentives and rebates to balance out the expense of the PV system. You may be able to save approximately $4,000 with the San Diego rebate ( if you qualify), and about 30% off the cost of the system via the federal solar tax credit. These aspects may minimize PV system costs by almost 50%. This is contingent on the home’s location and the system’s scale.
- There are a couple of warranties involved: the product warranty and the performance warranty.
Product warranty – this will cover any manufacturing imperfections. If the panels are defective, a replacement will be covered by the warranty. With that said, flawed solar panels are hard to come by; if there are defects, it will be apparent within the first three weeks of use.
- The solar panels are built to last but the amount of electricity the panels produce goes down a bit each year. Because of the performance warranty, solar panels won’t lose any more than 20% of their power output for a quarter of a century, for most panel types.
San Diego Solar Installation
- To begin, we need to assess your house to determine if solar panels are an option. Our installation experts will come to your home and see if your roof is strong enough to hold solar panels. They will also check to see if the roof gets sufficient sunlight to justify the installation.
- If solar panels can be added to your roof, then our experts will take measurements before installation commences. This process doesn’t take more than a few days. Considering this happens only on your rooftop, there will be minimal interruption to your daily life. After the PV system is installed and attached to the power grid, your solar panels will be ready for use. You will have Permission to Operate (PTO) from San Diego Gas and Electric or other power companies outside of San Diego.
Selecting A Solar Panel Inverter
- Solar panels transform sunlight into direct current (DC) power; inverters change that into alternating current (AC) power, which is what your house uses. The primary types of inverters are known as microinverters and string inverters.
- Microinverters are installed on every panel and transform DC power into AC power directly from each panel. They are more efficient than string inverters since an individual panel won’t impact the performance of other panels. They are a practical solution for houses if at least one of the panels is in a shady spot. Only buy a microinverter if you need to, because they are not cheap. There are other alternatives to microinverters like power optimisers.
- These are the cheaper and more viable option if your panels obtain sufficient sunlight, or they are all pointed in the same direction. A string is defined as a row of panels, and it is connected to an inverter. If a string’s panel doesn’t obtain sufficient light, it will bring the performance level down to match the others.
- Power optimizers are an option for performance defects that are triggered by a improperly functioning solar panel. They are installed on every panel and prepares the DC current before it gets to the inverter. They are a decent compromise between costlier microinverters and regular string inverters.
Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Panels
Q. Are solar panels able to function at night as efficiently as they do during the day?
A. Solar panels require light to run, but with a battery backup, they are able to conserve the surplus of energy produced in the daytime. If you lack a battery backup, power will be drawn at night from the electricity grid.
Q. Will solar panels run when it rains or on cloudy days?
A. Solar panels will work rain or shine. They will produce less energy in these conditions since the light won’t be as intense, but will function, nonetheless.
Q. Will tree covered canopies impact my solar panel’s efficiency?
A. Trees can impact the way a solar panel operates if they block sunlight during certain times in the day. If your panels obtain some morning shade and full afternoon sunlight, they will produce sufficient amounts of electricity, and the trees can remain as they are. It will be prudent to trim an obscuring tree’s upper branches if they block sunlight. In some severe circumstances, the tree(s) will need to be completely cut down.
Q. Isn’t installation of solar panels at the expense of a tree counterintuitive, as far as the environment is concerned?
A. Trees are a friend to the environment since they can release oxygen and store carbon dioxide. For short-term solutions, cutting a tree down is not helpful to the environment. That said, if removal of the tree permits operation of the solar panels to run at optimal levels, then, in the long run, they will stop carbon dioxide from being produced via fossil fuel burning. If the solar panel remains active for its total lifespan, then the CO2 amount it preserves will be as effective as planting trees by the hundreds.
Q. Will installation of solar panels let me go off the electricity grid?
A. It will, but such a move will be quite costly since it entails plenty of battery storage. For many homeowners, it would be redundant and impractical.
Q. Will solar panels function during a blackout?
A. If the solar panel system is hooked up to the electric grid, then the power company will switch it off in the event of a blackout. This is to safeguard utility technicians from harm by solar panels that redirects power towards the grid. The system won’t be affected by a blackout if it’s not hooked up to the network.