How Does A Solar Panel Make Electricity?

We all know what a solar panel looks like, but how does a solar panel make electricity?  The traditional method of making electricity is by using water pressure or steam pressure to turn a turbine which creates electricity.  But a solar panel just sits there in the sun and has no moving parts, so how does a solar panel make electricity? When you look closely at a solar panel you will see it is...

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What Size Solar Electric System Do I Need?

“What size solar electric system do I need, if my house is 2,000 square feet?”  This is the question that we are asked, more than any other question.  The reality is that the solar electric system size has nothing to do with the size or square footage of your home.  It is strictly based on the amount of electricity that you use (kilowatt hours), each month. In order to properly size your solar...

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Solar Financing, what should I do?

Solar Financing comes in many different packages.  To pick the best solar financing package for yourself, you need to evaluate the amount of cash you have on hand, what you want to do with that cash, and whether or not you need the tax credits that are available for a solar electric installation. Here is a brief description of methods of solar financing.   There are basically three ways that you...

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What Does it Mean, to Be Green?

We all hear talk about being “green”.  What does that mean?    Some will say that it means using re-usable shopping bags, some will say it means carpooling or riding their bike to work, and others will say it means installing a renewable power source on their home or business.  They are all correct.  Being green is a state of mind, and it is infectious.  It starts small, like taking the extra...

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What is “Solar Rights” Law or a “Solar Easement”?

The  California Solar Rights Act allows for solar easements for solar energy systems on properties which are not owned by the owner. In other words,  if the appropriate steps are taken,  the solar host airspace above the P.V. system is guaranteed to be free of shade from vegetation growth, increased building heights as a result of: remodeling, and construction of new buildings on adjacent...

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