Solar panels consist of a series of silicon solar cells covered by a sheet of glass and held together by a metal frame, with wiring and circuitry in and behind the cells to collect the flow of electrical current out of the solar cells. Each solar panel, also referred to as a solar module, is typically about 4 feet by 6 feet in size, and weighs approximately 30 pounds.
Solar energy protects homeowners from increases in energy prices
According to a recent New York Times article, “enough sunlight falls on the earth’s surface every hour to meet the entire world’s energy needs for one year. A plot of roughly 100 miles by 100 miles in the American Southwest…could generate enough power for the entire United States.” Few things in this world are as sure as the sun rising tomorrow. Advances in solar panel efficiency and durability, coupled with an abundance of sunshine in Southern California, make solar energy one of the most dependable and cost effective renewable energy sources on the market today.
An average system for a single family home—3 kW using twelve SolarWorld 255 watt panels—will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 82 tons over 25 years. To achieve a similar reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, one would have to plant 3,280 trees or drive nearly 280,000 fewer miles. Therein lies the double bonus with solar energy—not only is it good for your wallet but it is also good for the planet. Installing a solar energy system with Made-in-America parts also helps capture growth locally in the green energy sector rather than sending it overseas.
Solar energy is currently the most cost-effective (full return on investment is possible within 5 years), dependable (25-year warranties are the industry standard) and easily attainable source of renewable energy available to homeowners. Contact SunCraftsmen today for a FREE estimate and see how much you could be saving on your next utility bill. (818) 826 9281