About Solar Energy

How Does Solar Work? And How does solar help you save?
In short, you are farming your own electricity. By installing panels angled towards the sun, once the sun is positioned towards your panels you begin harvesting the power. Technically speaking, direct current (DC) electricity is made from Photovoltaic (PV) cells converting sunlight. The inverter converts DC into alternating current (AC) electricity based on the feedback from the utility meter measurements of energy you draw. The electrical panels sends power to your lights and appliances.

Depending on your preference of relying on the grid (existing system run by utility companies), you can continue to purchase energy from the utility company when you're consuming more power than your solar is producing. Once you purchase a solar energy system, you are paying for solar energy – typically at a lower rate – instead of all your energy from your utility company. For the energy you are not producing yourself, you pay the utility company the regular rate. Oftentimes, during the day your system can harvest and thus generate more power than you are consuming. This extra power goes back to the grid where the utility company makes a determination on how best to use the excess energy often it can be used by your neighbors. In these circumstances, you can sometimes get a credit against your future consumption (usually at a fraction of the cost of energy you purchase back from the utility). At night or when you produce less then what you consume, your home gets its power from the grid or from a battery (if chosen as part of your desired design). Often times, any solar credit you’ve accumulated during the day offsets the higher energy cost you incur from the grid at night.

Make a Positive Impact on the Planet
The average US household produces 59,000 lbs of Carbon a year!* Whether you’re interested in cost savings, freedom from the utilities, or to help the environment Sustainable Construction Solutions is dedicated to help you make a more positive impact on your pocket book, community and the world. With the addition of solar power system, a typical system is expected to produce 235,000 kWh over 30 years, a household can reduce their impact by over 10,000 lbs of Carbon annually. If you did this, over 30 years your household would avoid320,841 pounds of emissions, equivalent to the emissions from burning 16,750gallons of gasoline. *