Solar power allows us to harness the energy from the sun and turn it into electricity to power our homes.
If your panels produce any excess energy that you don’t use, that electricity will flow out to the utility grid. This makes it possible for your neighbors to use that extra energy. Your meter tracks the energy you use and produce, so you can receive credits from your utility company for any electricity you send to the grid. So, how long can a solar panel last and continue to produce electricity? The industry average is at least 25 years, but it’s not unusual for some panels to last longer.
There are four basic components in residential solar PV systems:
Panels are able to harness energy from the sun through a unique property of the element silicon. Solar panels are made of silicon cells, and silicon can create an electric charge when it’s hit by sunlight. The electric charge that’s created is turned into an electric current inside of the panels. That current then flows into a solar inverter, which generates the type of electric current we use in our homes. Through this process, the energy from the sun is converted into useable electricity!
Once you’ve weighed the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy and made the decision to switch to solar, your qualified installer will conduct a site visit to determine the layout and size of your system. The actual installation process can be between a few hours to a couple of days.