Murrieta Residential Solar Power
Did you know that the state of California is home to the largest number of residential solar power users in the United States? More and more homeowners are choosing to go solar as opposed to sticking with their old technology fuel based energy systems-and for very good reasons. Not only are they saving a ton of money, they are investing in a more environmentally friendly way of life. Making your residents a POWER STATION can put money in your pocket. If you are considering going solar for your home, there are a few things to take into consideration.
Residential Solar | On or Off the Grid
There are two (2) main types of solar installation options for residential users. These are commonly referred to as being either “on the grid” or “off the grid”. The grid is the network of power companies, lines and meters that make up the traditional energy usage network in an area.
Having your solar energy system installed on the grid means that you will still be connected to a power company. This is great for people who are not ready to invest in a stand-alone system. Your panels will absorb the energy from the sun, and when you have exhausted the stored energy, your traditional power source will then “kick in”. On the flip side, if you produce more energy than needed, your account will be credited with the excess energy, or you may have the option to sell the excess energy to your power company.
Going off the grid is very practical for people who reside in remote areas that are difficult to connect to the grid and also for people who desire their very own stand-alone system. Going off the grid means you will need a robust system that can store enough energy to power your home during times when the sun isn’t shining, such as overcast/rainy days and at night. Having a stand-alone system requires the owner to also own a generator for back-up purposes.
What If I Live in an Apartment Building?
Apartment dwellers have no need to fear! Most apartment buildings are already equipped with the most essential thing for a solar installation-roof space. In some case, you may have to consult with the corporate body of your building to find out what their policies are on solar installations. Luckily, there are a number of benefits/initiatives available for residential apartment owners/tenants.
The Components of Your System
Most residential solar energy systems include the solar panels, inverter and battery storage (optional). The solar panels are the instruments used for absorbing the sun’s rays. For residential systems, they typically have 72 cells. There are a number of different options for your panels including the color and type of material.
The inverter is a device that is typically the size of a suitcase. This is used to convert the energy absorbed by the panels (Direct current or DC) into Alternating Current or AC. This is the type of energy used by our homes.
Batteries are an optional component that may be added to store the excess energy that is produced by the system. This is an alternative to putting the power back into the grid.
Residential Homes certainly have a lot to gain from going solar in Murrieta. If you haven’t yet made up your mind on what type of installation to get, you may give us a call and we can schedule a free consultation with one of our specialists. Call: (951) 805-1262