By Carolyn McIntyre
Locally owned and established in 2008, Solar Revolution is Northwestern Pennsylvania's and Western New York's premier solar energy expert. They bring over twenty years of solar experience to our community.
How does solar power work?
Today's solar panels convert sunlight into DC (direct current) electricity using photovoltaic or PV cells. Since AC (alternating) current is the most common type of electricity in homes and businesses, an inverter is required to convert the DC into AC current. The PV (photovoltaic) system connects directly in the breaker box or service panel and the electricity generated is used concurrently with that supplied by the utility company. The PV system monitors the household electricity usage. The meter will spin clockwise when a customer is using power form a provider and counter-clockwise, creating a credit, when using solar power.
Solar power can be used off the grid but a battery powered stand-alone system is recommended. According to John Purvis, President of Solar Revolution, "The bulk of your electricity is produced during the peak hours of daylight. Your power provider will supply electricity at night and augment supply on very cloudy days."
Solar power can be used off the grid but a battery powered stand-alone system is recommended. According to John Purvis, President of Solar Revolution, "The bulk of your electricity is produced during the peak hours of daylight. Your power provider will supply electricity at night and augment supply on very cloudy days." A common use for solar energy is to heat water. "Conservation is the number one priority," according to Purvis, this can be done easily in every household. For example shut water off when brushing your teeth, washing dishing or install low-flow water faucets. Households can save substantially by using solar powered heating solutions along with conservation. According to Solar Revolutions, "Solutions we offer, such as "Flat Plate" and "Evacuated Tube" collectors, employ the thermal energy from the sun to heat water for washing, cooking, cleaning, etc, and can also be used to heat your home or warm the water in your pool.
There is an initial investment when installing solar technology, but the system will pay for itself over time. Electricity rate caps in Pennsylvania were removed at the end of 2010 causing a 16% increase. The cost of generating energy from fossil fuels will continue to rise while costs for solar energy will remain unchanged. According to Purvis, " Alternative Energy Credits, more commonly called "Green Tags", give the owner one REC (Renewable Energy Credit) for every 1,000 kWH of electricity from their array. These are then sold on the open market by the owner or through a broker."
The Federal Government is currently giving a 30% tax credit to both homeowners and business owners that install solar electric or solar water heating systems. The federal government also offers Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System and Bonus Depreciation to business owners.
What the Solar Revolution offers:
Large, tri-state service area
Fully insured and licensed
Solar hot water
Solar pool heating
Free solar sizing
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