Sunlight is a clean, renewable source of energy that can be used to power our homes and businesses. Explore the following sections to learn more about the hows and whys of solar energy.
How a Solar Energy System Works
A solar power system uses sunlight to generate electricity. Let’s take a closer look at how the process works.
1. Solar Panels
Solar panels absorb energy from the sun and convert it into DC electricity.
The inverter transforms the electric current from the solar panels into AC power for your home.
3. Main Electrical Panel
AC power then travels to the electrical panel and is distributed throughout your home.
4. Electricity Meter
Your home’s electricity meter measures the amount of power your solar system produces during the day.
5. Performance Monitoring System
Syntrol’s performance monitoring system tracks your energy production to ensure it performs at full potential.
How Solar Power Helps the Environment
Solar power is a clean, renewable energy alternative. By going solar, we can help our planet in a number of ways:
Reduce Your Carbon Footprint
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), carbon dioxide (CO2) accounts for 82 percent of greenhouse gas emissions. These emissions trap heat in the atmosphere, contributing to global warming.
The average 4 kW solar system can offset as much as 9,486 pounds of CO2 per year. It would take more than 3 acres of trees 365 days to offset the same amount of CO2.
When fossil fuels (coal, oil, and natural gas) are burned to create energy, they release a number of pollutants into the air, including nitrogen oxide, sulfur oxide, carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. The extraction and processing of fossil fuels generate large quantities of waste materials, which can pollute water and soil.
By replacing fossil fuels with clean, renewable solar energy, we can help reduce the amount of pollutants released into our world.
Conserve Natural Resources
Fossil fuels take millions of years for the earth to create and won’t last forever. Solar, on the other hand, is a renewable energy source that will continue to be available as long as the earth revolves around the sun.
Detailed System Engineering
Your home is unique, so a custom design is the only way to make sure you are getting the solar system that is right for your needs.
As soon as you decide to go solar with Syntrol Solar, our team of engineers will get to work designing and engineering a system just for your home. We’ll work closely with all local city and county agencies and receive all necessary permits before installing your system.
Solar Panel Mounting Options
For many homeowners, the roof is the most appropriate location for the solar array. Syntrol's non-intrusive mounting techniques make it possible to place solar panels on your roof with minimal impact to the roof structure.
Sometimes the roof just isn’t the best place to put solar panels. Syntrol’s custom-engineered ground mounts make it possible to put solar anywhere near your house. What’s more, these ground-mount units can serve multiple purposes, like parking structures or shade canopies for livestock.
Frequently Asked Questions about Solar
You have questions? Great! We have answers. If you don’t find your question listed here, please contact us.
How much does solar energy cost?
How much you can expect to pay for your solar system depends on your current electricity bill, your financial goals, and which solar financing option you decide to go with.
Request a free solar quote to find out how much less you would be paying a month for solar than you’re paying now to your current utility provider.
How much money will I save?
The amount of money you could save on your utility bill is based on a number of factors, including your location, available roof space, angle of your roof and power usage history.
The best way to predict your savings is to request a free solar consultation.
What size solar system do I need?
The size of your system will depend on a variety of factors, including how much electricity you use, how much roof space you have, and how much of your utility bill you’d like to offset.
Residential solar power systems typically range from 3 to 10 kW, and commercial solar power systems range from 50 to 500 kW for medium-sized businesses.
A free consultation is the first step in determining what size system you’ll need.
How reliable is solar power?
Today’s solar systems are very reliable. The panels are capable of lasting for many years. Since the reliability of the solar system depends on the quality of the solar panels, Syntrol Solar only uses top-of-the-line equipment. We engineer our systems to last.
Will I need a battery backup system?
Nope. Syntrol Solar energy systems connect to the traditional utility grid, so you’ll always have a backup source of energy generation.
Is it difficult to make the switch to solar power?
Not at all. Syntrol makes going solar easy. Simply request your free solar quote. Sign with us and start saving immediately. We’ll get to work engineering and installing your custom solar system. With Syntrol's wide choice of options, many customers pay zero out-of-pocket expenses.
Will the government really give rebates and tax incentives for going solar?
Yes. Local, state, and federal governments offer rebates and tax incentives that can cover more than 30% of the total cost. However, they won’t last forever. So, take advantage of these substantial incentives while you can.
What happens to my system at night or when the weather is cloudy?
For solar panels to convert sunlight into electricity there must be sun. On cloudy days, your system will produce less energy; at night, it will not produce any energy. Syntrol Solar energy systems connect to the traditional utility grid, so you’ll always have a source of power.
What is photovoltaic (PV) technology?
The term photovoltaic is comprised of photo, which comes from the Greek word for light, and voltaic, which finds its origins in the name of scientist Alessandro Volta, known for his invention of the electric battery.
Photovoltaics is the process by which energy from the sun is absorbed by solar panels and transformed into electricity.
What is a PPA?
A power purchase agreement, or PPA, allows a homeowner to buy energy at a guaranteed low rate. Syntrol Solar’s PPA replaces your current energy provider’s bill for the life of the agreement.
How much does installation cost?
With Syntrol Solar, you can have your solar system installed without having to pay any out-of-pocket expenses.
Are your systems warrantied?
Absolutely. Syntrol takes care of any repairs or replacements for the life of the agreement.
What happens if I move?
If you sell your home, Syntrol makes it simple to transfer your agreement to the new homeowner.
What if I need to replace my roof?
If at any time during the life of the system you decide to replace your roof, Syntrol will remove the panels, store them and reinstall them at no expense.
What if something goes wrong with my system?
Rest easy knowing your system is insured throughout the life of the agreement.