While there are numerous types of solar panels, the 2 most commonly utilized for residential installations are categorized as mono-crystalline and poly-crystalline. The main difference is really in the manufacturing process but there are some visible distinctions. The cells in the mono-crystalline panels are typically black in color and square with rounded corners. The cells in the poly-crystalline panels are of a light or darker blue hue with an inconsistent uniformity. The mono-crystalline panels are slightly more efficient than the poly-crystalline ones and thus a solar array would probably have fewer panels but typically carry a higher price tag. Which type of panel is best for your roof is determined on a case-by-case study.
When rays from the sun hit the panels positioned on your roof, the silicon solar cells convert photons into electrons, thus generating direct current (DC) electricity. This current is then directed to an inverter that converts this DC power into alternating current (AC), with which our homes are powered. This power goes through your main electrical panel and gets distributed throughout the house just like the power from the grid. The process is seamless and does not cause any interruptions to your appliances, lights, etc.
Most residential systems range from 3 kilowatts to 13 kilowatts whereas commercial projects have a much greater range. The system sizes vary depending on the size of your roof, your energy needs, your vision for your building, your financial goals and other factors.
For most accurate cost/saving analysis, we need to determine what your consumption volume is and the amount you are paying for 12 months worth power. This data allows us to calculate the appropriate size of a customized solar system for your home and then use that data to show you the savings and costs/incentives as close to actual as possible.
Before the install, we complete, submit, and take care of any rebate applications, permits, utility interconnection agreements, HOA approvals, coastal commission and open space issues – we do all the paperwork for you to make sure your switch to Solar is quick and easy. We design and engineer the best solar system that will accommodate your savings goals.
Our professional and courteous installation team makes it quick and easy. We have your system up and running in no time while paying attention to all the little details that are important to you, the homeowner.