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Why SunTech Energy?
Honesty and the accuracy of the information that we provide matters to us. We care about our customers and we thrive to keep them happy for their decision to go solar. We are a trusted, full-service solar system installation company that takes on the projects from start to finish. We start from providing a free analysis based on your home’s architecture, energy needs, roof design/space, shade from trees and access to sun. It includes cash purchase, financing options and your energy savings projection for the next 25 years. Our team will take care of your entire project from the initial design, your city and electric company paperwork process to PTO (Permission to Operate). It starts from the moment you contact us. Let us put together a customized solar solution for you.
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Why Go Solar
Electricity Rates Are Rising!
Like anything else in life, electricity rates are increasing as well. The national average rate increase is 6% and it is anticipated to increase 83% in the next 25 years. You can protect yourself from rising electric costs. Rather than buying expensive electricity from the utility company for the rest of your life, you can install a solar system on your roof that generates clean power and yields savings every month.
Protect Yourself from Rising Electricity Rates!
When you go solar, you protect yourself from rising electric costs by ‘locking-in’ your low fixed monthly payment for the term of your loan. As the utility company continues to increase the electricity rates for your neighbors, you continue enjoying the savings from your solar system. The biggest savings start when your solar system is paid off. Solar panels are warrantied for 25 years but have a useful life of up to 40 years or more.
How Solar Works
We can change sunlight directly to electricity using solar cells. Everyday, light hits your roof's solar panels with photons (particles of sunlight). The solar panel converts those photons into electrons of direct current ("DC") electricity. The electrons flow out of the solar panel and into an inverter and other electrical safety devices. The inverter converts that "DC" power (commonly used in batteries) into alternating current or "AC" power. AC power is the kind of electrical that your television, computer, and toasters use when plugged into the wall outlet.
A net energy meter keeps track of the all the power your solar system produces. Any solar energy that you do not use simultaneous with production will go back into the electrical grid through the meter. At night or on cloudy days, when your system is not producing more than your building needs, you will consume electricity from the grid as normal. Your utility will bill you for the "net" consumption for any given billing period and provide you with a dollar credit for any excess during a given period. You can carry your bill credit forward for up to a year
Net Energy Metering in California
Net energy metering, or "NEM", is a special billing arrangement that provides credit to customers with solar PV systems for the full retail value of the electricity their system generates. Under NEM, the customer's electric meter keeps track of how much electricity is consumed by the customer, and how much excess electricity is generated by the system and sent back into the electric utility grid. Over a 12-month period, the customer has to pay only for the net amount of electricity used from the utility over-and-above the amount of electricity generated by their solar system (in addition to monthly customer transmission, distribution, and meter service charges they incur).
How Net Energy Metering Works
At any time of the day, a customer's solar system may produce more or less electricity than they need for their home or business. When the system's production exceeds the customer demand, the excess energy generation automatically goes through the electric meter into the utility grid, running the meter backwards to credit the customer account. At other times of the day, the customer's electric demand may be higher than the renewable energy system is producing, and the customer relies on additional power needs from the utility. Switching between solar system's power and the utility grid power is instantaneous-customers never notice any interruption in the flow of power.
Know Before You Buy: Solar Myths, Truths and Misconceptions
Going solar is a process, and there are some things you should know.
Since the public’s first real awareness of electric solar panels in the 1950s, a lot has been written about what solar will do – and what it won’t do. Here are some common questions with some straightforward answers.
1. Solar is experimental and not reliable. Incorrect
Solar electric panels and systems have been in use since 1954. This technology is well proven and very reliable. In California, all systems must come with a full 10 year warranty; some solar module manufacturers offer 25 year performance guarantees.
2. Solar requires an ideal sun exposure. Incorrect
Solar produces energy when the sun is shining. A south facing roof with full sun exposure will provide an ideal location. Deviations from the ideal position and full sun exposure will impact the solar system energy production. Sometimes there is a minimal reduction; sometimes it is great – depending on the installation.
As an example, the same system characteristics evaluated in four different orientations, with full sunlight, result in different amounts of energy being generated.
- The south orientation provided the highest amount of energy production
- The east and west orientations were very similar results with a 15% reduction in energy production
- The north orientation resulted in more than a 30% reduction in energy production as compared to the south facing array
Your house or building location is unique; the c or other obstacles, and aesthetic preferences may dictate which orientation(s) are selected for your solar system. When considering the size of the solar system start with the orientations that provide the most energy production, they will be the best “bang for your buck”.
3. Solar only works where it is always sunny and warm. Incorrect
It is true that solar panels perform best where there is clear and unobstructed sunlight. But, solar panels are powered by UV light from the sun. This means that solar panels will even produce some power in cloudy places. Be sure to “model” your proposed system based upon your actual location, the angle of installation and shading.
4. Solar requires a lot of maintenance. Incorrect
Solar requires very little maintenance. Routine cleaning of the panels in dusty or dirty environments is recommended.
5. Solar requires a great deal of space to install. Incorrect
Solar has become much more efficient in producing electricity. This means that it takes much less space than in the past.
6. When the Power Goes Out, the PV System Stops Working. Depends
The solar system typically does stop working when the power goes out. Solar electric systems sold for use in California are designed with a power inverter which automatically disconnects from service if the inverter senses a loss of power from the electric utility. The inverter only re-connects the system once utility power has been re-established.
7. Solar means that I will never again pay an electric bill. Incorrect
Unless you move 100% off the electrical grid with no interconnection to your electric utility, you will continue to have electric bills. The utility will continue to standby and supply power when your system is not producing. And even if your system is sized to offset 100% of your energy load there will be months where you purchase energy from the utility and months when you over produce and export back.
8. Solar energy production isn’t greatly affected by a little shading. Maybe
Shading of solar panels affects solar electric production. There are systems that use “optimizers” and “micro-inverters” where impacts can be decreased, but the inescapable truth remains the same. Shading of solar panels affects solar electric production.
9. Solar can supply all of my electric energy needs. Incorrect
At some point, you will need utility power. A solar system creates energy only when the sun is shining. If you want solar to provide ALL of your power you will need to install batteries with the solar. Batteries can be charged during the day by the solar and then discharge energy at night to provide your power. Solar systems only produce power about 19% of the 8,760 hours of the year. Batteries are not yet commonplace with solar interconnections in California, but interest in this technology is growing. Use of batteries would disqualify the system from a simplified rapid interconnection application track and take longer to receive interconnection approval.