Have you been thinking about powering your home with clean, affordable solar energy? Or perhaps you’ve considered solar but have been putting it off during the winter months? Well, you’re not alone. Most people start thinking about solar power when the hot, summer sun is shining and the potential for harvesting the most intense UV rays is greatest. However, you might not know that winter is actually prime time to install your home solar system.
If you’ve already started researching solar power, you know that investing in a solar system can dramatically lower your power bills, increase your home’s market value, and qualify you for government tax incentives. But beyond the enticing financial reasons, solar energy is also clean, efficient, and great for the environment, while providing you with the peace of mind that comes from energy independence. All of these benefits of going solar are pretty well known; now, here are a few things you might not know about the decision to go solar—and why wintertime is the time to get started.
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.
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, right now, you can get someone out right away. 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?
With an average of around 230 sunny days per year, Utah is one of the top 5 states for solar production. During the winter months, the sun is still shining and solar power-producing UV rays are still reaching your home, even through the infamous Utah inversion.
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 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.
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Author: Amber Smith-Johnson
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Posted: February 2nd, 2018 @ 12:00am by tammy