The entire world uses solar energy every day. Trees utilize sunshine for photosynthesis, humans need sunlight for Vitamin D, rain is created through evaporation initiated by the sun’s rays. Photovoltaic solar (solar panels) is simply a new way to utilize the same energy.
There are two main ways to capture solar energy, active and passive. Solar panels use active solar to turn the sun’s light into electricity. It’s a bit more complicated than passive which frequently depends on building design and orientation to capture the sun’s heat and dissipate it slowly through the designated area, generally used in greenhouses, sun rooms, and thermal solar panels.
A typical residential solar panel is made up of 60 solar cells, each producing about 5 watts of power totaling 300 watts of energy. The average home in Colorado uses 706 kWh of energy a month. Lifetime Solar Solutions’ systems produce an average of 8,000 kWh a year, offsetting most of the electric bill throughout the year. We use software with 3d models to account for any system loss to correctly size a system for a homeowner. We then customize any system for any amount of usage and usually get to the 100% offset mark.
If you have a mechanical electric meter on the side of your house (you know, the ones with the dial that spins), you’re in for an exciting moment when you turn your solar system on for the first time. You can watch as the dial literally slows down, stops, then starts going backwards as you pump the electricity back into the grid! By installing solar on your home, you could be saving an average of 35 trees and take 30 cars off the road. Make the planet better for future generations, one step at a time.