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Today’s Energy Store gives you the choices you want for your solar installations by providing the latest designs and state-of-the-art technology. Solar World, Trina, Hyundai, LG, Enphase, SMA and IronRidge – the brand-name equipment we stock gives you the maximum amount of power, performance, and reliability, and makes your home more energy efficient!
Our solar installations incorporate dependable, weather-resistant electronics – such as built-in, highly efficient micro-inverters – to deliver the greatest amount of energy production available across a full spectrum of outdoor conditions. Along with sophisticated technology, our solar products offer other incredible benefits too, including:
- 5-25% more energy than other solar panels
- Safe, efficient A/C power
- Solid framing and grounding system
- A clean, contemporary look that complements your home
- 25-year warranty
- And more…
Q: What is a solar panel system?
A: Solar panel systems (or solar energy systems) use Photovoltaic PVl) cells to convert sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity. Solar panel cells are made from silicon and were originally developed to power spacecraft and space stations. The cells are wired together in panels that typically measure about 5 feet by 3 feet by 1.5 inches. A group of solar panels mounted on a frame is called a solar panel array.
To provide electricity reliably and safely, solar panel system components typically include an inverter, wiring and optional battery storage and charge controller. Most solar panel systems convert the DC electricity that is produced by the solar panels into the common household form of electricity-alternating current (AC)-by using an inverter. AC electricity can then be used to power your appliances directly, or feed back to an electric utility’s grid. The DC electricity can also be stored directly in batteries for later use. In this case, to prevent overcharging or discharging of the batteries, a charge controller is used.
Q: What is the environmental impact if I use solar power at home?
A: Solar panels have received attention from researchers, businesses and homeowners because, unlike traditional power generation sources, these technologies produce electricity using a renewable source-the sun-without creating noise, emitting pollutants that cause climate change such as greenhouse gases, smog, acid rain, or water resource pollution. Even when the emissions related to solar cell manufacturing are counted, solar panels produce less than 15% of the carbon dioxide from a conventional coal-fired power plant.
As a general rule of thumb, studies indicate that the typical Nevada home using solar power has an environmental impact of removing two cars from the road. Over 25 years, you will have avoided producing more than 500 tons of greenhouse gas emissions. Using solar electricity to power a million homes would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 4.3 million tons per year, the equivalent of removing 850,000 cars from the road (Source: EPA).
Q: What is the Average Energy Use In Southern Nevada?
A: In Nevada, the average residential electric use is 1,250 kilowatt-hours per month according to NV Energy.
Q: How big a system is needed?
A: In southern Nevada, the most common size is 5-10 KW of DC rated output.
Q: Is it expensive to install?
A: Installed prices typically range from $3.00 to $4.00 per watt, so a 5-kilowatt system would cost $17,500 to $22,500 before incentives or tax credits. New tax law offers 30% federal tax credit with no cap limit. This equates to an additional savings of $5,000 to $8,000 and the system will pay for itself at current energy prices in 8 to 12 years based on an average household use of 1,250 kilowatt hours per month in Southern Nevada. Panels are typically 250 watts or higher. These calculations do not take into account escalating energy costs or the added value to the home.
Q: How is this energy transferred from the panel into my house?
A: The energy generated by the photovoltaic (PV) modules on the roof goes directly into your house as needed – any excess feeds back into the power grid through a two – way meter. Nevada’s net metering law allows homeowners to receive 90% credit for every kilowatt hour provided to the NV Energy grid. These credits can accumulate on your bill to offset future energy use in excess of the homes solar production.
A grid intertie system consists primarily of a few dozen PV modules, typically about 280 watts each (DC) and an inverter to convert the DC output of the modules to AC power that is compatible with the grid. Except for cooling fans (string Inverter) that occasionally run in the inverter, there are no moving parts.