How Solar Panels Work
A solar panel system may seem overly-complicate, but you don’t need a physics degree to buy and install solar panels. A qualified installer like SES, will do the hard science and engineering so it’s easy for you.
Simply put, a solar panel is made up of solar cells, These cells use sunlight to generate electricity for your home or business. Solar panels create direct current (DC) electricity when light hits them. The DC electricity is converted into alternating current (AC) electricity for your homes and businesses by the inverter.
Solar Panel Aesthetics
Solar panels can look a bit different depending on when and how they were manufactured. Most solar panel consists of 60 or 72 individual solar cells. Some are more blue, some more black. Some solar panel have dark frames and some have silver frames. In some panels you can see white lines between the solar cells and some you can’t. More and more panels are trending towards a sleek, dark aesthetic that blends in with the roof the roof and has less to no gap between panels.
Solar Panel Warranty
Most high-quality panels have a 25 year energy output warranty and at least a 10 year materials warranty. The best panels have 25 years on materials, energy output, and labor. Solar panels will continue to produce power well past the 25 year energy output warranty. However, the amount of energy isn’t warrantied beyond that point. The lifespan of a solar panel installed today will likely be 35-45 years. That’s makes solar panels are a great investment for any home that gets good sun exposure.
Solar Panel Attachment
Solar panels are attached to a pitched shingle or metal roof using a racking system or clamps (for metal). Footings used for a racking system use watertight flashings to secure the panels in place. Clamps on a metal roof have rounded ends to prevent piercing the metal and are approved for metal roof warranties. For a flat roof, panels are weighed down in a non-penetrating ballasted system. Alternately, panels can also be installed in a ground-mounted framing system, a great option for homes where the roof is shaded and a good sunny space is available next to your property.
When you produce energy from solar panels the home uses this energy first and supplements any power needs with the power grid. If your panels are making more energy than the house needs it flows out to the grid. When this happens, your meter rolls backwards. Then you pay or are credited the difference. Often you are credited at the same rate you pay for energy. Some places/utilities have different rates for solar. Talk with a solar consultant in your area to find out what net metering is like for you.
If net metering isn’t available or is very unfavorable, you can use a solar battery, like Tesla Powerwall to use more of your solar power. Solar Energy Can be Stored for later use with Battery Storage
The Solar Panels We Use and Why
Solar Energy Solutions has carefully selected its solar panel suppliers based on a detailed review of long-term performance, quality, financial stability and innovation. We source panels from a very limited number of Top 10 global manufacturers we are proud to represent. Many solar companies don’t tell you what module you are going to get on your roof as they are looking for last minute or remaindered deals. We are proud to bring you the best panels that will last for decades, and even if a rare problem does occur they will be around decades down the line to sort it out with us. The following companies we trust and work with for our panels:
Founded in China in 1997 Trina is the #1 global module supplier by volume and holder of the #1 ranking by the Silicon Valley Toxics Coalition for environmentally safe manufacturing processes. Trina panels are the cost effective mainstay of Solar Energy Solutions residential and commercial installs.
Part of LG electronics, a $58.6 B company with a 60 year heritage of leading edge consumer and industrial electronics. LG panels come with extended materials and power warranties of up to 25-years vs. the typical 10-years and have best in class efficiencies and ‘black on black’ visual appeal. As of Spring 2019 these panels have increasingly been made in Alabama rather than Asia. Solar Energy Solutions is a registered LG Pro Dealer. When a customer wants a lot of energy from a small space or outstanding architectural curb appeal appeal LG is our ‘go to’ panel.
Founded in 2001 and headquartered in Canada, with manufacturing in both Canada and Asia Canadian Solar are the #5 global module supplier by volume and are the second cost effective mainstay of Solar Energy Solutions residential and commercial installs.
When you absolutely, positively have to have the best visuals, efficiencies and life-long performance SunPower panels are the best in the world. Solar Energy Solutions has been an accredited SunPower residential and commercial dealer for many years.
SunPower, founded in 1985 is $4.8 B US based company with much of its manufacturing occurring in Hillsboro, Oregon. SunPower is renowned for its ultra-high efficiency and low degradation panels, top tier warranties, re-cycling commitment and environmentally friendly manufacturing processes.