Solar 101

Why Solar Energy?

How Does Solar Energy Work?

Typically, when you see a solar panel on a roof, it is a photovoltaic (PV) panel and covered with a tempered glass enclosure to protect it from the elements. Assemblies of solar cells are used to make solar panels, solar modules, or photovoltaic arrays.

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What is the basic equipment you need to become solar?

A solar electrical system has to have full exposure to sunlight where the installation will be. The entire solar panel must be in exposed to the sunlight for the panels to work properly. If there is plenty of sun available, harnessing the sun’s energy can be done by putting together just a few components. A solar system can be designed from either perspective – how much power is needed or how much money to spend.
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What are the different types of solar panels?

Typically, when you see a solar panel on a roof, it is a photovoltaic (PV) panel and covered with a tempered glass enclosure to protect it from the elements. A solar cell or PV cell (usually made from silicon) is a device that converts light directly into electricity by the photovoltaic effect. Assemblies of solar cells are used to make solar panels, solar modules, or photovoltaic arrays.

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How to clean solar panels for optimum performance.

Once you get your solar panels installed, you will find them fairly maintenance free. Many factors affect the energy your solar panels produce, cleaning them is the easiest and best solution. Over time solar panels will get covered with pollution, dust, grime, and bird droppings. These obstructions block sunlight and will reduce power production. According to National Renewable Energy, solar energy loss can range as high as 25% in some areas. When solar panels are not cleaned, an increase in power generation on the inverters is immediately seen.

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How to get the best efficiency out of your solar equipment.

The solar panel efficiency rating measures what percentage of sunlight hitting a panel gets turned into electricity. High efficiency doesn’t mean better, it just means you use less space for the solar array. Efficiency isn’t usually a big concern unless there is an unusually small space for the solar panels. The typical solar panel efficiency rating is around 14-18% efficient. That might not sound like much, but this average will produce enough power with the typical roof space.

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“PurSolar & Electrical did a very professional job on the new system for our cabin. The system has exceeded our expectations – even on overcast days. We are happy to recommend their service.”

Bernard and Pam Joy

Stoneman Lake, Arizona

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