Sunday, January 28, 2024

Thursday, January 25, 2024

What is Solar Energy?

This video gives a simple but compelling introduction to solar energy. Did you know that all of the energy we use comes from the sun? You probably know that’s true for solar panels, but the sun is also the ultimate energy source generated by wind, water, and fossil fuels. Watch this video to learn more about renewable sources of energy and more! #fossil #fossilfuel #scicomm #solarenergy #energy 

Monday, January 22, 2024

Tesla Solar Roof Review: Was it Worth It?

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Friday, January 19, 2024

Solar Cleaning and Maintenence - It pays for itself!

All investments require maintenance for optimal performance. That same theory applies to your solar panels. Pollen, leaves, dust, wild fires, bird droppings, daily emissions and other debris accumulate preventing sunlight from reaching the solar cells on your panels, affecting the value of your investment.

Located in Vacaville, CA, Solar Butler LLC was started with the recognition of a growing need for cleaning and maintenance of solar panels in the fast growing solar industry. Our company’s goals are very simple “customer service is number one”. We strive, in all aspects of our business, to make sure each customer is treated like they are our only customer. Now that You have taken the first step in the “Green” direction, Let Solar Butler help You maintain your investment. Driven to deliver a quality product, Our Clients satisfaction is Our top priority. We are family owned and operated and take great care and pride in our work. To keep Your system producing for You, let Solar Butler be your choice to keep Your system clean and running at peak performance.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

My 3 Biggest Regrets After 6 Years of Solar

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Saturday, January 13, 2024

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:

Wednesday, January 10, 2024

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:

Sunday, January 7, 2024

Solar Power System For Home: Ultimate Beginners Guide

Solar power for homes is increasing in popularity and decreasing in price. Many homeowners are discovering the advantages of Solar Power and you may have even seen quite a few solar panel systems being installed in your own neighborhood. You're probably wondering: How much do solar panels cost? How much money will I save on my electricity bill? How solar panels work? Are solar panels worth it? This video is a general overview of solar energy for beginners so you can make the best possible decisions regarding solar power for your home. A solar panel (or photovoltaic panel) is a panel made of solar cells. Solar cells are the essential component by which light is converted into electrical energy and they are usually made of crystalline silicon. Each solar panel usually contains from 32 up to 96 solar cells. Depending on the way solar cells are made, solar panels are categorized as polycrystalline, mono-crystalline, or thin film. The first two categories, which are the most common types of solar panels, are made of crystalline solar cells. The third category (thin film) is made of amorphous silicon. Frameless solar panels have been on the market for more than a decade. Also, solar shingles and solar tiles popularized by the tesla solar roof are two types of products that are becoming more popular among residential applications. How do solar panels work? Solar cells produce electricity by converting the tremendous solar energy that the earth receives every day in the form of sunlight and more specifically in the form of photons. Most typical commercial solar solutions convert sunlight to electrical energy at an average efficiency of 3 – 17% In order to have a complete system that will produce electricity for your home, you need the following components: a) solar panels b) solar panel mounting structures c) an inverter d) an electrical panel with the necessary switches and circuit breakers e) DC and AC electrical cables f) Power meter. Generally, residential solar systems are separated into 2 main categories: off-grid and on-grid. In the case of an off-grid system, the electricity generated by the solar system will be used to cover 100% of the electrical usage of a home since the house is not connected to the electrical grid at all. In a on-grid system, the house where the solar panels are installed is connected to the main power grid. Electricity generated by the solar panels can either cover the electrical needs of the house or when you produce more electricity than needed, it is sent to the power grid. With net metering, your monthly electricity bill is calculated both ways, based on the net of your overall energy consumption and the monthly output from your solar panels. If you are producing more energy than you’re using the utility company will actually pay you! How much will I save on my electricity bills if I install solar panels? How much you actually save depends on a number of factors. Where you live matters a lot. Sunnier is better. For example. A 5Kw installation consisting of 20 solar panels can produce approximately 8,000 kilowatt-hours every year if your house is in a hot and sunny state like California, but the same system will only produce approximately 6,000 kWh every year if your house is in a less sunny state like Connecticut. The available surface on your roof, the unshaded part with the appropriate orientation, determines how many solar panels you can install and consequently your savings. How much does a solar panel system cost? You need to know how many solar panels you need. In 2019 the average cost of a residential solar panel is $2.99 per watt, so with an average solar panel system size of 5 kilowatts, you are looking at an average cost of $14,950 before any tax credits or incentives. Equipment makes up the majority of the cost but permits and labor for solar installation are also factored in. Benefits and negatives of solar power for your house: Pros: -A true renewable energy source -Reduce your electricity bill and provides insurance against rising power prices -Low maintenance cost -Financial incentives from the government -They operate quietly, with no moving parts and emit zero pollution. -They have a long service life and reliability in operation. The guarantees given by the manufacturers for the solar panels are generally for more than 25 years of good operation. Cons: -Initial costs, but marginal cost drops to zero once the price of installation is paid off. -Weather Dependent so it is an intermittent energy source, and can not be relied on in critical applications. -Energy storage systems to smooth demand and load like the Tesla power wall are expensive.

Thursday, January 4, 2024

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.