How Solar Works
Convert light intro electricity.
Converts solar electricity for household use.
View energy production and usage online.
If production exceeds use, you may receive a credit from the local utility.
Some energy is expended in the manufacture of solar energy systems but the net environmental impact of solar energy production is extremely small. Fossil fuels, however, damage the environment during their collection and transport, and most importantly, when used to power our homes, cars and businesses. Fossil fuel combustion produces huge volumes of carbon dioxide, a gas that impacts global climate. The average residential solar system offsets about 100,000 lbs. of carbon dioxide in 20 years – the equivalent of driving a car for 100,000 miles
According to the US Department of Energy, solar power is more affordable, accessible and prevalent in the US than ever before. And the solar market is booming! Since 2008, U.S. installations have grown seventeen-fold from 1.2 gigawatts (GW) to an estimated 30 GW today, enough to power the equivalent of 5.7 million average American homes. Solar energy can be produced and consumed as needed, by anyone, rich or poor, and anywhere, in remote areas and city centers. The universal accessibility of solar energy guarantees its role in our planet’s energy future.
The declining supply of easily accessible fossil fuels and their negative impact on our planet requires alternative sources of energy. Solar energy is viewed as a clean and renewable energy resource – at least for the anticipated life of the sun – about 4-5 billion years! According to the US Department of Energy, the amount of sunlight that strikes the earth’s surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world’s energy consumption for a full year. Just 18 days of sunshine on Earth contains the same amount of energy as is stored in all of the planet’s reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas.
The orientation of your home, its age, and how much daily sunlight your property receives are all factors to be evaluated when considering a solar installation. North facing roofs are problematic, but if your roof faces South, West or East, that’s a plus. If you get good sun exposure most of the day, that is also a positive. Inti Solar will work with you to conduct a detailed analysis of the specifics of your site to help you determine if “going solar” is right for you.
If you own an older home, your electrical panel may need to be upgraded to handle your installation. Another consideration is whether your roof is in good condition and structurally sound enough to support photovoltaic (PV) panels. If you own a condominium or townhouse, your HOA actually owns the building exterior where the solar panels and other equipment would be placed. You should check with your HOA as to their requirements. Otherwise, you are good to go solar!