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What Is Solar Energy?

Solar power is the energy produced by the sun. There’s enough solar energy hitting Earth every hour to replace every energy source used on earth for an entire year.

A solar system is a power plant that creates electricity, fueled by light. With a solar system you eliminate the need for traditional coal energy. Solar panels convert natural sunlight into electricity that can power your home or business. Solar power is good for the environment and great for your wallet.

What are the main components of a solar system?

Typically, a solar system consists of two main parts, a set of panels and an inverter. The panels are large series of interconnected silicon cells that join together to form a circuit. These cells convert the sunlight into energy. The panels are usually placed on a roof with lots of sunlight and facing south if possible. Once the panels have collected energy, the inverter changes the DC (direct current energy) into AC (alternating current energy) so it can be used in our homes and businesses.

How long do solar panels last?

Solar panels are built to last. Generally we provide 20 to 25 year warranties, but the projected life of a solar panel system is much longer. We estimate that our systems will last between 30 and 40 years.

What is Net Energy Metering?

When you have solar panels, you often produce more electricity than you consume. When this happens your extra electricity goes into the utility company’s grid to be used by other people. Net Energy Metering is an agreement between you and the utility company. The utility company gives you a credit when your excess energy goes into the grid that can then be used later when your consumption is more than what your solar system is producing.

Are the solar panels required to go on the roof?

The beauty of solar panels is that they can really go anywhere the sun shines. Most people put them on their roof, but we understand that you might not like the way they look on your roof so we specialize in finding solutions that other companies don’t want to spend the time and effort on. For example, if the best place to put your panels would be on the front of your home, and you’d rather not, we can build a carport structure or canopy in your backyard and place the panels there instead.

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About Solar Energy Authority

Solar Energy Authority serves the greater Southern and Central California area. We work with home owners and business owners to switch to solar power.