"What is Solar PV, anyway?"

Solar PV (photovoltaic) refers to the technology that converts sunlight into electricity. It involves the use of solar cells, which are made of semiconductor materials such as silicon, that absorb photons of sunlight and convert them into electrical energy. The energy created can be used immediately or stored in batteries for later use.

A solar PV system typically consists of solar panels, an inverter, and a monitoring system. The solar panels are made up of multiple solar cells, and they are usually mounted on a rooftop or on the ground. The inverter converts the direct current (DC) electricity generated by the solar panels into alternating current (AC) electricity that can be used in homes and businesses. The monitoring system allows homeowners to track the energy production of their solar PV system.

Solar PV systems are becoming increasingly popular as a way to generate clean, renewable energy, and reduce dependence on fossil fuels. They can also be used to reduce electricity costs for homeowners and businesses, as well as to help mitigate the effects of climate change.

How can solar PV benefit my home or business?

There are several benefits of installing a solar PV system on a home:

  • Cost savings: Solar PV systems can significantly reduce or eliminate a homeowner's electricity bills, particularly in areas with high electricity costs.
  • Increased property value: Homes with solar PV systems are often valued more highly than those without, as they are considered more energy efficient and sustainable.
  • Energy independence: With a solar PV system, a homeowner can generate their own electricity and be less reliant on the traditional power grid.
  • Environmental benefits: Solar PV systems do not produce any emissions or pollutants, making them a clean and renewable energy source.
  • Net metering: Many places have net metering policy, where the homeowners can sell the excess electricity back to the grid and get credits.
  • Federal and state incentives: Many governments offer tax credits or rebates to incentivize homeowners to install solar PV systems, which can help offset the initial cost of installation.

Solar PV systems can also provide a sense of satisfaction and accomplishment to homeowners, knowing they are doing their part to reduce their environmental footprint.

Do I need a solar battery with my solar PV system?

A solar battery is not strictly necessary with a solar PV system, as a solar PV system can still generate electricity and send it back to the grid without one. However, there are several benefits to installing a solar battery along with a solar PV system, such as increased energy independence, backup power, cost savings, and increased resiliency.

For homeowners who are interested in reducing their dependence on the grid and want to use more of the electricity they generate from solar power, a solar battery can be a good option. It can also be a good option for those who want to have a backup power source during power outages caused by storms or other events. Solar batteries can be relatively expensive, and the cost of batteries plus the installation can be high — but in the grand scheme of savings, solar energy is one of the best investments for your home and the future.

The benefits of solar PV will vary based on location, climate, the size and orientation of the solar panel array and the cost of electricity. It's also important to consider the net metering policy of your state and the regulations that apply to your area before making the decision to install a solar battery. In some states, the regulations do not allow for homeowners to get credits for the excess energy that is stored in the battery, making the investment not worthwhile. It's a good idea to do a detailed assessment of your home energy consumption and calculate the return of investment (ROI) before installing a solar battery. If you're not sure where to start, contact Greener today for a free assessment.

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