Solar panels on a roof

Solar Basics

The Simi Valley is known for its ample sunlight. Increasingly, homeowners are discovering the possibility of generating electricity using this free resource. A solar panel array on your roof can produce enough power to keep things running in your home and reduce your energy costs.

How does solar power work?

Solar panels make use of a physical property known as the photovoltaic effect. In some materials, direct exposure to sunlight excites electrons. In their activated state, these particles can produce an electric current. Modern solar panels are typically made with a layer of silicon, an excellent conductor of energy from the sun.

Solar panels produce direct current (DC) electricity, but your home electrical system can only work with alternating current (AC) electricity. The solar power system requires an inverter to convert DC to AC. Once this happens, the generated electricity can power your home appliances.

What equipment is necessary for a solar array?

A basic solar power system has three components: the panels, the mounting framework, and the inverter. Before the project begins, the installer will examine your roof to ensure that it can support the weight of the framework and panels. A roof that faces to the south provides ideal exposure to the sun.

What are the benefits of a solar array?

Reduced Utility Bills

Most homes with solar panels remain connected to the power grid. This connection provides power during the night. It also allows the home to send electricity back into the grid. When the utility service buys the electricity, it will offset the cost of the utility service. Most homeowners generate more power than they use, resulting in significant savings.

Increased Property Value

Going solar makes a home more attractive when it is time to sell. Potential buyers will appreciate having a system in place.

Renewable Energy Source

Today, the most important reason to consider solar energy is the environmental benefit. Solar panels will bring years of clean, dependable energy to your home.

An Experienced Partner for Solar Panel Installation

If you are considering solar panels for your roof, the experienced professionals at August Roofing are ready to help. Contact us today for a free solar panel consultation.