Wednesday, August 30, 2023

Sunday, August 27, 2023

What is Solar Power? How Do Solar Panels Work?

Most of us have seen solar panels- you know, those big blueish panels- either on top of houses or maybe even on recent projects we have built. Is solar power just the newest “thing,” or is it “the” thing (or one of several things) to help us with the current energy crisis. But what exactly are those panels, and how do they work? In today’s episode of Electrician U, Dustin explains this aspect of electrical work and how solar power works and talks about new tools/equipment that accompany it.

Thursday, August 24, 2023

Dirty vs Clean Solar Panel - Power Output Comparison

Check out this video to see, how a simple 5 minute cleaning can significantly boost your power output!

Monday, August 21, 2023

How do grid-tied solar systems work?

Grid-tied solar systems - also known as on-grid solar - are the most popular kind of solar panel system in America. Here's how they work for a typical home. The beauty of a grid-tied solar system is that it creates a two-way relationship between your home and the grid. In addition to importing power from the grid (as you already do), you can also export power to it. This means that during the day - when your solar panels are producing plenty of surplus power - you can actually export (i.e. sell) power to the grid. Your power exports earn you bill credits from the utility, dramatically reducing your power bill. The savings can be huge: you could see electricity usage charges of $0 for the year. Watch the video to see how a grid-tied solar system operates over the course of a day. LEARN MORE Get an estimate: This calculator shows you how much solar panels for your home will cost, as well as how much money you stand to save: Read about net metering: This is the amazing incentive that allows you to sell electricity at the same rate you buy it for:

Friday, August 18, 2023

Solar Photovoltaics 101

Solar Photovoltaic (PV) technology converts the sun’s energy into direct current electricity by using semiconductors. Learn more about Solar PV and all types of energy at -------- Student Energy is currently developing the Global Youth Energy Outlook, a global youth-led report that will engage 50,000 young people around the world in 2021 to gather their perspectives on energy. Want to take part? If you’re between 18-30, head to to complete the survey! You can win $100 cash prizes in each region, or a fully funded trip to the next International Student Energy Summit! Student Energy is a global youth-led organization empowering the next generation of leaders who are accelerating the transition to a sustainable, equitable energy future. We work with a network of 50,000 young people from over 120 countries to build the knowledge, skills, and networks they need to take action on energy. Learn more at

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Saturday, August 12, 2023

Basics & Benefits of Going Solar | SCE & Solar Power

Installing solar at home benefits both you and the environment by reducing the amount of electricity purchased from the utility and your carbon footprint. A qualified contractor can guide you through the process. Here are some basics and benefits you should know before going solar. Learn more about going solar here:

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Types of Solar Panels | Types of Solar Panels and their Efficiency

The price of various solar panel types varies. Each type of panel has a varied cost since the production procedures for monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin-film are different. Mono-crystalline: Monocrystalline solar panels are perhaps the most expensive form of solar panel available. This is primarily attributable to the manufacturing process; as solar cells are created from a single silicon crystal, producers must pay for the crystals' production. This technique, also known as the Czochralski process, uses a lot of energy and wastes silicon (that can later be used to manufacture polycrystalline solar cells). PolyCrystalline: Generally speaking, polycrystalline solar panels are less expensive than monocrystalline ones. This is due to the fact that silicon fragments rather than a single, pure silicon crystal are used to make the cells. This makes it possible to manufacture cells considerably more cheaply for both manufacturers and ultimately end users. Thin- Film: The cost of manufacturing a thin-film solar panel will primarily depend on the type you choose; CdTe solar panels are often the least expensive to make, whereas CIGS solar panels are significantly more expensive to make than either CdTe or amorphous silicon. Regardless of how much the panels themselves cost, installing a thin-film solar panel system may be less expensive overall than installing a mono-crystalline or polycrystalline system since it requires less labor. Due to their reduced weight and greater maneuverability, thin-film solar panels require less work during installation because they are simpler for installers to take up onto rooftops and fasten. This translates to lower labor expenses, which can help make a solar installation more affordable overall.


Sunday, August 6, 2023

How much do solar panels cost?

Explains how the Solar-Estimate online solar system calculator works and shows you how to save on your electricity costs.

Thursday, August 3, 2023

How Solar Panels Are Made

Gigawatts upon gigawatts of clean, green solar capacity is being churned out by high-tech factories all around the world. But how are solar panels actually made? Join us now on a sun-seeking sojourn as we look inside a solar panel factory.