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Solar is one type of renewable energy that is really making a difference, especially in the Bay Area. Despite its growing popularity and improving technology, you may still have questions.
How Renewable Energy Solar Panels Can Power Your Bay Area Home
Our team can answer your renewable energy-related questions and walk you through the ways you can add solar energy to your home's energy efficiency profile. Because we've helped so many customers with solar, we have the expertise to help make sense of all available rebates and incentives. These opportunities make solar energy a great choice for many homes!
Here are some of the most common questions and misconceptions our team comes across in relation to home solar energy:
Q: Is there enough sunshine to make solar power viable in Alameda and Contra Costa counties?
A: The amount of peak sunshine in the San Francisco Bay region is above average, ranging from 4 to 4.5 hours per day. Even when it's cloudy out, solar panels can still collect solar energy and convert it to electricity.
Q: How do solar panels work?
A: Solar panels are made of silica crystals that collect the energy from sunlight and convert into electricity. Solar panels are sized based on their electrical output, in kilowatts per hour (kWh). The actual width and length of a solar panel will depend on the efficiency of the panel. Smaller panels are more efficient, larger ones less so. The electricity that is produced will need to pass through an inverter to convert the direct current (DC) to household alternating current.
Q: Aren’t solar panels too expensive for most homeowners?
A: Actually, solar panel technology and production have both improved over the past few years, resulting in a 30% drop in the price of panels. Installation is also more affordable as many more companies like Mason BPP offer solar photovoltaic panels as an alternative energy option. Combine lower material costs with a generous 30% tax incentive from the IRS, affordable PACE financing and rebates and the return on investment becomes very attractive.
Q: Do I need to have south facing roof surfaces for solar panels?
A: While south facing roofs at a 45 degree angle are ideal, many homes have surfaces that receive enough sunlight to support solar systems even though their orientation is not directly south. Mason BPP also recommends using panels with individual inverters rather than a single large inverter. Single inverters overcome variations in shading better to produce more efficient output.
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