I know. It’s 20* outside and the world is a giant slush puddle of monochromatic dullery, outrageous heating costs, frozen windshields, and dark, frigid mornings. The last thing you’re thinking about is sunshine. In fact, sunshine, in your mind, has become only an abstract memory--or the thing Brad, your annoying coworker, has loudly and persistently talked about since returning from his Caribbean cruise.
Brad. Psh. Nobody likes Brad.
But coworker Brad aside, now really is a great time to start thinking about sunshine. And more specifically, it’s time to start thinking solar power. Not convinced yet, Mr. Winter Grumpy Pants? Well, let me break it down for you in my list of Top Three Reasons to Go Solar this Winter.
It may not feel like it right now, but summer will actually come again. And summer months are the sunniest, and therefore the best, months for gathering solar energy--which means summer is when you see the most dramatic discounts on your utility bills. So, when the days are hotter and the electric bills are rising, more and more people start thinking about investing in solar energy. And when everyone starts thinking the same thing, guess what happens? Yep--long lines at Disneyland. If you’re thinking about going solar in the summertime, chances are good that everyone else is too. And here’s what you might not realize. The decision to go solar is one that needs approval by your city and your local utility company. Your solar application goes to the city and is put in a tall stack of other solar applications which take weeks to process. Industry-wide, you’re looking at summer wait times of anywhere from 60 to 90 days before your solar company can even start installing your system.
So, if you begin the process of applying for solar power in June, for example, you might not actually start seeing the savings until August, or even September. That is not acceptable, citizen! Not only is the wait on your investment frustrating, but you’re not optimizing the highest energy-producing months. Talk to a solar expert today so you can enjoy shorter wait times and be ready to harvest the power of the sun during those peak spring and summer months.
So people aren’t really thinking about sunshine right now. Well, maybe in that wishful way--but most people aren’t planning for summer. This means our electricians are available for you! Our solar guys are certified electricians who are busy on solar and other projects year-round but their schedules definitely have more availability for your solar install in the winter. (Remember Disneyland?) So, instead of a four-week wait time to have our technicians in your home to do an assessment and appraisal, you’re looking at more like one to two. Get your questions answered, get your customized bid with upfront pricing, and get your proposal submitted to the city without the wait. Who doesn’t love a little instant gratification?
So, how do solar panels harness this winter sun, when winter conditions can be so variable? The answer is in something called a solar power inverter. And in the solar industry, the two most common types of inverters are string inverters and a microinverters. A string inverter is relatively simple: when the sun shines, it produces. When the sun shines a lot, a consumer can potentially experience a significant spike in production. However, the downside is that a string inverter also needs a minimum amount of voltage, in the form of sun power, to even kick on. So on most cloudy, inverted, or snowy days, there likely won’t be enough UV rays to trigger production. Furthermore, since the panels are on a string, if one of the solar panels is in the shade or covered in snow, for example, the whole string of panels stops producing.
Microinverters, on the other hand, have the ability to regulate the voltage on each individual solar panel. In layman’s terms, this means that while microinverters might not see the dramatic spikes in production on really sunny days, they will maintain high production levels for longer--and will keep producing in low or filtered light. Additionally, if one panel is in the shade or covered in snow, they all operate individually and one panel won’t take the whole string down.
So, while there’s a lot more science that goes into how these inverters work, suffice it to say that the misconception that there is no benefit to having a solar system in the winter is, well, as outdated as fueling your house with coal. And Any Hour Services uses microinverter technology exclusively, so any of our solar experts can explain in depth how it works with your home’s electrical circuits, as well as the many benefits of powering your home with solar energy.
Have we convinced you yet that now is the time to go solar? Do you still have questions? If there’s anything you’d like to know about the benefits of going solar--and in particular, the benefits of building your solar system now--call Any Hour Services and we’ll send one of our solar experts out to your home. You don’t even have to go outside! Let us answer your questions and let the savings begin!The Future Looks Bright with Any Hour Services Solar
Posted: January 31st, 2017 @ 12:00am by tammy