Solar panels are more popular than ever with Colorado homeowners. Due to the advances in solar photovoltaic (PV) technology, solar panel cost continues to go down, making solar panel systems a more affordable option than ever. On top of that, harnessing energy from the sun will save you money on your energy bill and can qualify you for local and federal incentive programs.
If you're interested in solar panel installation, Energy Star Exteriors can help you decide if a solar PV system is right for your home. Call us today or contact us online to get a free estimate on solar panel installation in Westminster, Thornton, Arvada and the nearby areas.
Solar panels are mounted on a south-facing roof or on the ground (sometimes trees must be trimmed or cut down so the panels can receive maximum sunlight.) The panels convert the direct current (DC) produced by the solar cells into standard alternating current (AC) by an inverter. The AC is fed through an electric meter, just like the electricity that comes from the power company.
A typical "grid-connected" solar PV system allows the home to use solar electricity as well as electricity from the local electric company. You will never have to worry about your solar system because it is nearly maintenance free; panels will keep producing solar electricity for 25 years or more!
After a solar PV system is installed on your roof, it is generating free energy whenever the sun is out. This means that during periods of low electricity use in your home, you may actually generate more energy than you are consuming. When this happens, net metering regulations mandate that your local electric utility must purchase that surplus electricity from you. This purchase is reflected in a decrease in your electric bill. Depending on the size of your solar PV system and household energy consumption habits, many homeowners in Colorado can expect a significant decrease in their electric bill.
However, for optimal home energy savings, solar energy must be just one element in a larger overall home energy saving plan. Upgrading your home with energy efficient shingles and windows is another great way to improve your home's efficiency and reduce utility costs.
If you're interested in solar panel installation for your home, the local experts at Energy Star Exteriors can help! Contact us today to schedule your free solar panel cost estimate in Westminster, Thornton, Arvada and nearby in CO. Find out just how much you can save with a solar panel system and other energy efficient upgrades!
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