Solar Panel Installation in Simi Valley
LA's & Ventura County’s Top Choice for Solar Energy Solutions
Down in the Golden State, the locals of Simi Valley know how to use the sun to their advantage. The plentiful Southern California sunshine is not only a key factor in our leisure activities, however, but has increasingly become a valuable, cost-effective source of natural and safe energy source through the innovation of solar panels. As sustainable energy technology becomes increasingly more advanced – and more readily available to consumers – homeowners are turning to solar panels to not only save tons of money but to contribute to keeping our environment greener.
This is not a weekend warrior’s DIY project, however. Whenever solar panels are installed, they need to be attached in a way that is supportive of your roof's infrastructure, safe and hazard-free for all occupants entering and exiting your house and angled in a manner that most effectively absorbs and reflects light. Our professional team is highly trained and can help you to maximize the panels’ output while ensuring that the system is completely safe and secure. For any solar panel installation in Simi Valley, Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks, or the surrounding areas, do not hesitate to get in touch with one of our expert technicians at August Roofing and Solar.
To get a professional’s help as you harness the sun, contact our office today. We are dedicated to providing thorough and effective care throughout Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
Technology has certainly come a long way since electricity was invented. To think that humans have developed a way to harness the power of the sun is quite incredible. Solar panels are designed to do just that – make use of the sun’s energy. Especially since you live in sunny California, installing a system that can help you harness solar energy just makes sense.
How do solar panels work? Without getting too technical, solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells that serve to absorb the sun's energy – in much the same way that plants do to get energy of their own. That energy then generates a form of electricity known as direct current, or DC for short. Within the panel, there is a solar inverter that converts the DC electricity into a different form of electricity called alternating current (AC). AC electricity is the type of electricity that is used to power most home appliances. The solar system then sends the AC energy into your home's electrical panel, which then distributes it throughout your house to power your electrical devices.
Are You a Good Candidate for Solar Panels?
The first condition for installing solar panels into your home or business is making sure that your roof is stable enough that it will not simply collapse under the weight of the panels. In addition to ensuring that the roof is structurally sound and firm, our installers will also analyze whether your roof can obtain enough sunlight to make energy viable. If there are trees, foliage, or telephone lines and wires obstructing the light source, we can make sure these are out of the way so that your panels can access the maximum amount of light.
If it is clear that the installation is ready to go, one of our seasoned Simi Valley solar installation technicians will take detailed measurements of your roof and then start the actual installation process, which usually can be completed in just a couple of days. Although the whole installation will be over your head, our experts are so seasoned in their work that you will barely be able to hear them. In just a short time, your PV system will be connected to the power grid, providing you with safe, green energy.
How to Choose a Solar Panel
If you have decided that solar is the best option for your home, you'll need some help in understanding how to go about choosing the right solar panel for your specific needs. While our certified technicians at August Roofing and Solar are always here to help guide you through the selection process, we want to give you an idea of some of the factors that you need to think through before you make your selection.
Just a Few of the Considerations Include:
Cost: Your budget will play a large part in what solar system you end up with. The price is dependent on several variables, including the brand, size, durability, and quality of the materials. While it is not necessary to purchase the most expensive panel, you should be willing to spend enough to ensure you get a good quality system.
Size: There are two main requirements in terms of size. The first is the physical size, as you will need enough space to install it. The second is the wattage. You want to purchase a system that has the ability to power all your appliances and devices. Underestimating the amount of Watts needed will result in a lack of energy, while overestimating will result in purchasing a more expensive system than necessary.
Quality: It's essential to install a system that is made of quality materials. A solar installation expert can help you identify reliable brands. You can also read customer reviews to see if they are satisfied with the product and if they have had any significant issues.
Energy efficiency: Since the primary reason you want to install a solar panel system is to save money on energy costs, of course, the more efficient, the better. However, the most efficient systems are also the most expensive. That means you will need to do some calculations to see if the more expensive option is worth it.
Durability: Solar panels typically have a 25-year warranty. If a manufacturer offers a much shorter warranty period, it could indicate that they lack confidence in the sustainability of their product.
Temperature coefficient: Operational efficiency is crucial to prevent problems and extend the life of your system. Panels that are known for overheating should be avoided, as this accelerates the aging process.
Types of solar cells: There are four main types of solar cells used in residential solar panels: amorphous (thin-film), monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and concentrated PV cell. Amorphous cells are on the low end of the spectrum with a 7-10% efficiency rate, while concentrated PV cells are on the high end with a 41% efficiency rate. Polycrystalline is currently the most popular type for residential installs, having a 15% energy rate. While monocrystalline panels have an efficiency rate of 20%, they are more expensive and typically best for commercial use.
Full Installation Services
For the ultimate satisfaction for our customers, we have created packages that offer full-service solar installations in Simi Valley and beyond, all at very competitive pricing.
These Installations Include:
Solar panel installation
Connections between your main service panel and electric outlets
Smooth activation of service with your own local utility provider
Since we are highly experienced at incorporating both roof and solar services together, our team at August Roofing and Solar can actually bundle both your warranties for roofing and solar into one comprehensive package. This means that all that’s left for you to do is just enjoy your free solar-powered electricity and a leak-free roof!
Contact our Simi Valley solar panel installation team now at (805) 519-8099 to get your house fully powered by the sun today!