With the Federal Tax Credit reinstated until 2019, homeowners and businesses can take advantage of what thousands of Americans already have. Lower utility costs with no out of pocket investment. What's the gimmick? While some larger solar corporations can (and occasionally do) take advantage of homeowners with exaggerated proposals and incorrect information, Empire Solar is one of the few local installers that provides an honest, hassle free process and a quality product with an even more appealing price tag. Our accuracy is a compliment to the years of experience our experts possess.
How does solar work? Think of it as a cycle of of ongoing current. This five step process illustrates how solar energy works.
1.) The panel itself converts sunlight into clean DC electricity. The solar panels consists of an anti-reflective glass cover, a positive and negatively charged silicon layer and a load to transfer the electricity to an inverter. N type silicon has free electrons. P type silicon has free holes - the absence of electrons. When N type and P type silicon comes into contact, an electric field forms within the cell. If you've ever witnessed static-electricity, you have seen what occurs when protons and electrons come into contact.
2.) The electricity is transferred to an inverter, which transforms DC current to usable AC electricity.
3.) Your utility provider will replace your current electrical switchboard with new bi-directional metering installed.
4.) During peak periods and at night, electricity is imported from the grid. In some cases, your system can produce an excess amount of electricity. This process is known as Net Metering. You can earn credits to your utility account and build a negative balance with your provider!
5.) Your solar system powers your home and supplies the authority power grid.
Just how cost effective is going solar?
To accurately answer that question, we must first evaluate your current electrical rate and usage. Solar is affordable in the Northeast as a result of high electricity costs, good solar access and favorable incentives. In a few areas, utility providers charge a lower cost and therefore make it very difficult for homeowners to save immediately by going solar. That being said, nine times out of ten, we can charge less than that of your current provider. Due to government regulations, not every homeowner meets the requirements in order to go solar. If you'd like to check your solar eligibility, please click on "Free Quote" or "Am I Solar Eligible" and fill out the appropriate form. To learn about your state incentives, click here.
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