Top 10 Residential Solar Power Terms to Know

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Whether you’re pricing out San Jose home solar installation or just exploring how to get your energy bill down, your ability to make smart decisions depends, at least in part, on how well you understand your options. To that end, let’s clearly define 10 very important solar power terms.

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1. Solar cell

Much like the atom is a smallest unit of matter, the solar cell is a smallest unit of the panel that converts natural light from the sun to electricity.

2. Module

What do you get when you group an array of cells together? You get a module, also known as a solar panel.

3. Battery

Your solar system will produce more or less energy, depending on factors like irradiance and duration of sunlight exposed. A battery can store up excess energy in “times of plenty” and use it to provide power during at night or when you’re not getting enough energy from the sun.

4. Solar noon

Everyone knows that “noon” is 12 PM. But “solar noon” is a different concept. It’s when the sun reaches its apex in the sky on any given day. That time can be before, during, or after 12 PM.

5. Solar roof shingles

Also known as BIPV panels, these are special components that contain silicon semiconductors that look and act like actual shingles.

6. Watt

The unit of power that the people use to measure solar energy. For larger arrays, you measure power in terms of kilowatts (equal to 1000 watts) and megawatts (equal to a million watts).

7. Tracking panels

Some sophisticated solar equipment can track the sun as it progresses in its arc across the sky – these can “scoop up” more irradiance than can static panels.

8. Base load

How much power does your solar system or utility company need to provide, so that your home has enough energy for daily needs? This minimum amount is known as the “base load.”

9. Grid connected

Some solar systems generate superfluous energy, which can then be siphoned back to utility companies to help them meet the energy demands of other consumers. If your system is grid connected, you can often get major rebates and other financial incentives – not to mention the goodwill of your community.

10. Insolation

This term describes how much energy radiated from the sun lands on a particular area of land. The broiling deserts of Arizona and the Sahara, for instance, get a lot more insolation than do deeply forested regions of Germany.

If you’re looking for a solution for Bay Area solar power for the home, please get in touch with the team here at Save a Lot Solar. We can answer your questions, in detail, and help you figure out whether a solar solution might be right for your family. Call us today: 510-332-4971.