If your electrical bills have been higher lately even though you have solar panels, you’re probably thinking that the panels aren’t working correctly. In reality, your PSEG bill went up due to a set of unusual circumstances in the past year. Let’s start by explaining net metering. [Read more…] about My PSEG Bills Are Going Up… Are My Solar Panels Broken?
At Greenleaf Solar, we take pride in helping our customers save money on their energy bill and doing their part to help our planet. We’re also proud of the fact that the solar energy revolution is just beginning. We know that better technology will lead to more savings and an increase in energy efficiency. That’s one of the reasons we’re constantly keeping our ears to the ground about new technology related to solar panels.
At GreenLeaf Solar, we’re excited every day to be part of the renewable energy revolution. We know that new ideas, new technology, and an educated public are leading to a greener planet, more energy efficiency and lower energy bills for our customers who are being powered up by solar panels.
It’s a question we hear a lot. How does weather affect homes and businesses? Particularly, we often hear from customers who are concerned about cloudy weather impacting their solar panels. At Greenleaf Solar, we understand that issues related to weather are a common concern for new customers, but we want to assure you that the idea that cloudy weather can have a major effect on the energy available to solar panel customers is a myth.
We all want to save money on our energy bills and for that reason, you might be considering breaking away from the electric company and converting to solar power. But you may have questions about how solar works, what the costs associated with converting are and what the benefits of solar power are. At Greenleaf Solar, we know you have concerns, and we have answers. We want to tell you about the benefits of solar power for people from all walks of life and let you know about costs and how customers go about paying for their conversion.
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If your home is going solar, or if you’re even thinking about it, you’ve probably already thought about the benefits. Reducing your family’s carbon footprint and having energy even during power outages is certainly attractive, but GreenLeaf Solar knows that you probably have a very strong interest in the cost-saving benefits of solar. Particularly, you want to know when you’re going to start to recoup your investment. The time it takes to see a return on investment (ROI) is called the solar payback period.
We are rapidly approaching a revolutionary time for the automobile. While it didn’t start with the Prius, a hybrid car the masses adopted, it will certainly be seen as an important step for the automobile in its journey. Cars nowadays have become less reliant on gasoline as a means for movement and more on electricity. Take the blossoming popularity of the Tesla Model S for example. This is a car that is not only sleek and attractive but also completely electric, able to go up to 315 miles on a single charge. The Tesla Model S is, however, an expensive car by most people’s standards starting at $68,000. While this is unobtainable for many of us, Tesla is planning on releasing their new Model 3 soon, a cheaper all-electric car similar to the Model S. Tesla has received over 325,000 pre-orders for the Model 3 already.
Big news for solar fans, researchers in Japan have broken the efficiency record for crystalline silicon-based solar panel cells. Crystalline silicon-based solar panels are the type of solar panels one would find installed on a house, and they type we use here at GreenLeaf Solar. The panels that broke the efficiency record reached an efficiency of 26.6%. This was reached by innovative design by the researchers involving The efficiency percentage means the amount of energy from the sun that is converted to electricity. Crystalline silicon-based solar panel cells have a theoretical limit of 29% according to pv-tech.org. While other types of solar panels might be more efficient; such as Multijunction Cells that reach up to 48%, crystalline silicon-based solar panel cells are ideal for houses for a number of reasons.
Many homeowners on Long Island that are interested in going solar worry about the impacts of winter weather on their solar system; however, there are many important factors to understand when assessing how well a solar system will function in the winter. It is common knowledge that the daily hours of solar production are less during the winter months. There is a host of other important factors to consider, such as reduced electric consumption and improved system efficiency. The winter has a very small impact on your solar systems ability to produce the power needed for your home on Long Island. Below the factors impacting the production of a solar system during winter months will be explored.
While it is hardly news that solar energy is booming on Long Island, the vast majority of current installations are residential solar installations. In spite of the huge amount of commercial roof space on Long Island, only a very small portion of commercial have gone solar, but that is all starting to change. Historically one of the largest obstacles to commercial solar on Long Island has been the challenges associated with funding a large commercial solar project. While there are many specialized financing options for residential solar until now there have been no solar specific loan options for commercial solar available on Long Island. In addition to the restrictions related to commercial solar financing on Long Island until a few months ago, commercial buildings were not allowed to sell the excess power they produced beyond their own consumption, for this reason, it previously did not make sense for large commercial buildings to max out their roof space with solar panels.