How PV Solar systems Work
Solar energy begins with the sun and lucky for us we live in Hawaii where we are rich with Sun Light! :) Solar panels, also known as photovoltaics, are used to convert light from the sun, which is composed of particles of energy called "photons", into electricity that can be used to power electrical loads. Light from the sun is a renewable energy resource, which, provides clean energy produced by solar panels.
Solar panels can be used for a wide variety of applications including remote power systems, telecommunications equipment, remote sensing, and of course for the production of electricity for residential and commercial applications.
Solar panels collect clean renewable energy in the form of sunlight and convert that light into electricity. Increasing your property value and keeping our islands clean.
Solar panels are comprised of several individual solar cells, which, are themselves composed of layers of silicon, phosphorous (providing the negative charge) and boron (providing the positive charge). Solar panels absorb the photons and in doing so initiate an electric current. The resulting energy generated from photons striking the surface of the solar panel allows electrons to be knocked out of their atomic orbits and released into the electric field generated by the solar cells, which, then pull these free electrons into a directional current. This entire process is known as the Photovoltaic Effect.
An average home has more than enough roof area for the necessary number of solar panels to produce enough solar electricity to supply all of its power needs.
No longer is it necessary to pay huge fees to the electric company. A solar electric system is potentially less expensive and can provide power for upwards of three decades if properly maintained. Besides the fact that solar panels make it possible to live off-grid, perhaps the greatest benefit that you would enjoy from the use of solar power is that it is both a clean and a renewable source of energy.
With the advent of global climate change, it has become more important that we do whatever we can to reduce the pressure on our atmosphere from the emission of greenhouse gases. Solar panels have no moving parts and require little maintenance.
They are ruggedly built and last for decades when properly maintained. One of the major of the benefits of solar panels and solar power is that, once a system has paid for its initial installation costs, the electricity it produces for the remainder of the system's lifespan, which could be as much as 25 - 35 years depending on the quality of the system, is absolutely free! For grid-tie solar power system owners, the benefits begin from the moment the system comes online, potentially eliminating monthly electric bills and/or actually earning the system's owner additional income from the electric company.
How? If you use less power than your solar electric system produces, that excess power can be sold to the electric utility company if approved for feed and tariff, however, normally it will be delivered to you in a form of a Credit thru your NEM agreement.
The solar panels and microinverter/inverter that we recommend include the most respected manufacturers in the World Today.
We have taken the time to conduct our due diligence to present to you the best options available for your specific circumstances.
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How Solar Hot Water systems Work
Cold water is fed from your current water source and shot up with a pump into the Solar Collector (panels) on your roof thru copper piping that heated from the Sun. Thus, heating your water essentially for free. using gravity the water then, returns to your solar water heating tank, which is insulated to maintain the heated temperature of the water and is stored for later use.
Solar Hot Water systems can save you up to 40% on your electric bill and needs NO APPROVAL from HECO.
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