Why Solar ?

Solar has now become affordable and efficient. The Incentives are in place to overcome any barrier to entry. IT WILL SAVE YOU MONEY, but it’s also THE RIGHT THING TO DO! For our children and our children’s children. Solar is ready and there has never been a better time to get the Great Green Feeling.

Can you imagine your water heaters being powered at will by the sun itself? The truth is the energy from the sun can be used to heat or power almost everything in your house. Solar energy can be harnessed by using solar panels and by using this inexhaustible source of energy you can relax knowing that it will never let you down. Your local New Orleans Solar Service is an expert at solar heating and using the unending supply of the sun’s energy to save you money and help protect the environment.

The rising concern about global warming and energy conservation prompts us to direct our thoughts towards the direction of renewable energy sources. Alternative energy sources are becoming more of a necessity than an option. Solar energy fits the bill: it’s easily available, inexhaustible and reliable. A New Orleans Solar Service can help you get started with solar energy.

The sunlight that hits the earth in just a few days contains the same amount of energy as all the coal, oil, and natural gas left in the world combined. The solar cells used by the New Orleans Solar Service converts solar energy into electricity and heat that can then be used for the day to day functioning of homes, offices and industries. The greatest thing about solar energy systems is that they provide dependable, non-polluting energy. The source of power for these systems is ever dependable and never fails.

The power that can be harnessed through solar panels is not accessible just to the rich industrialist with a million dollars to spare, but also to small companies and homeowners. There are systems available in appropriate sizes for smaller-scale users, with accordingly lower prices. If you get a solar energy system installed by a New Orleans solar contractor, you can immediately begin to make use of this efficient, cost-saving technology. The right equipment is available through your New Orleans Solar Service depending on the size and scale of your energy requirement.

Information and Definitions

Photovoltaic cells produce electricity directly from sunlight. Photovoltaic cells are also called PV cells . Many PV cells are used in remote locations not connected to the electric grid. Photovoltaic cells comprise the main component in solar panels and are also used to power watches, calculators, and lighted road signs.

How do photovoltaic cells work?

When sunlight strikes a solar cell, electrons are knocked loose. They move toward the treated front surface. An electron imbalance is created between the front and the back. When a connector, like a wire, joins the two surfaces a current of electricity occurs between the negative and positive sides. These individual solar cells can be arranged together in a PV module and modules can be grouped together in an array. Some arrays are set on special tracking devices to follow sunlight all day long.

What are the components of PV system?

  • Photovoltaic cell — Thin squares, discs, or films of semiconductor material that generate voltage and current when exposed to sunlight.
  • Module — Photovoltaic cells wired together and laminated between a clear superstrate (glazing) and encapsulating substrate
  • Array — One or more modules with mounting hardware and wired together at specific voltage.
  • Charge Controller — Power-conditioning equipment to regulate battery voltage.
  • Battery storage — A medium that stores direct current (DC) electrical energy.
  • Inverter — An electrical device that changes direct current to alternating current (AC) to operate loads that require alternating current.
  • DC Loads — Appliances, motors and equipment powered by direct current.
  • AC Loads –Appliances, motors and equipment powered by alternating current.

How many PV panels do I need for my house?

Consider where your home is located and how much electricity you currently use. Proper solar panel installation requires a southern orientation that receives direct sunlight from 9am to 3pm daily. On the average American household uses 600 Kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. An energy efficient home may use only half that much. In a sunny climate, a 2-kilowatt PV system can produce 300 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. (To produce 2 kilowatts of power you need about 240 square feet of solar panels.) So, your first move in developing a solar system is to reduce electricity consumption. It is always more cost-effective to invest in energy efficiency than to install a larger PV system.

How much will a photovoltaic solar cell system cost upfront?

When solar manufacturers and installers talk about costs, they usually speak in terms of dollars per installed watt. Residential PV systems are normally $8 – 11 per watt. Using this approximate calculation of installed costs results in a total installed cost range from $5,500 to $22,500 for 0.5kW – 3kW residential PV systems. (kW = kilowatt or 1000 watts.) Consider thinking about photovoltaic system power as an investment in energy security and environmental responsibility, as well as, being a financial decision. By owning a PV array and producing clean electricity, you can become part of the clean energy movement and gain immunity from price fluctuation.

What are the benefits of photovoltaic solar cells?

  1. Photovoltaic cells are highly reliable and easy to maintain. PV cells have no moving parts, so visual checks and servicing are enough to keep systems up and running. Solar panels are built to withstand hail impact, high wind, and freeze-thaw cycles. PV systems can produce power in all types of weather. On partly cloudy days, they produce as much as 80% of their potential energy. Even on extremely cloudy days, they can still produce about 25% of their maximum output.
  2. Photovoltaic cells have virtually no environmental impact. PV cells burn no fuel and have no moving parts. They are clean and silent, producing no atmospheric emissions or greenhouse gases that are harmful to the earth.
  3. Photovoltaic cells strengthen our economy and reduce the trade deficit. Using PV cells protects us from fuel price volatility and political instability. It will let us generate our own energy within American borders. We are investing in “home-grown” energy, which creates domestic jobs. As we keep increasing our PV exports, the trade deficit moves toward a trade surplus.
  4. Photovoltaic cells are modular and flexible in terms of size and applications. PV cells can be built to any size in response to the energy needs at hand. They can be enlarged or moved easily. In urban applications, PV can eliminate the need for costly trenches in streets.
  5. Serves both form and function in a building. State-of-the-art PV modules are available in a variety of colors and styles, allowing designers to use them as aesthetic elements built right into roofs, skylights, awnings, entryways, and facades. Modules can be built to transmit natural light. Mixed with non-transmissive modules, these arrangements create an enjoyable environment inside the building, simultaneously facilitating ventilation and heating.

Solar Thermal Energy at Home

Thermal solar energy uses the sun’s warmth to directly heat air or water. The heated air or water can then be circulated to heat your house. Solar hot water heaters do not use photovoltaic or create electricity – they use simple concepts to collect the heat from the sun. Solar hot water heaters harness the same principle that makes the water in your backyard hose become very hot after sitting in the sun for a few hours. Solar hot water heaters are very effective at collecting the solar energy and storing it in a hot water tank for home solar heating or showering. They are simple and inexpensive devices that can dramatically cut home energy costs by efficiently providing hot water – your homes single largest energy expense. Thermal solar energy is used widely around the world to provide free hot water for everyday uses.

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