Solar Electric panels or Photovoltaic Systems (PV) convert the sun's energy directly into Direct Current or DC electricity. Skywire Electrical Systems has four dominant types of solar panels available: Monocrystalline Silicon Panels, Polycrystalline Silicon Panels, String Ribbon Silicon Panels, and Amorphous Silicon Panels. Some new and exciting technologies are being developed in the solar panel arena such as Photovoltaic Panels made from bio-based materials out of renewable plant sources, however, the 2 dominant ones currently are the Monocrystalline and Polycrystalline Silicon Panels. As the DC current flows from the solar panels, an Inverter converts the PV produced Direct Current to common household Alternating Current or AC. As soon as a PV system is connected to the utility via the electric meter, the PV system can send electrical power back to the utility grid (when the sun is out and the excess energy is not needed in the home or business). This form of reverse transmission of power back to the utility grid is known as Net Metering. Skywire Electrical Systems is a solar contractor of PV systems, specializing in the design and installation of the various components of the system.
Solar water heaters are a very basic and practical tool and come in a variety of configurations. A solar water heating system usually consists of a hot water storage tank, a solar collector mounted flush with the roof that absorbs solar energy. Most systems have back-up water heating such as an electric or gas tankless water heater. This is a great place to begin adding solar energy to your home or business.
A vast variety of new products are now commercially available on the market from solar garden fixtures, spot and safety lights, emergency light kits and more. Using PV solar cell modules integrated into the light casing, solar lighting can be placed nearly anywhere without the restrictions of wiring. This method of saving can benefit many commercial buildings since a considerable portion of the electrical costs are spent on lighting outdoor areas. Ask your installers about what we can do for you.
The ideal orientation for a roof is due south, as it will receive the maximum amount of sun as it travels across the sky from east to west. Southwest and southeast facing surfaces work nearly as well.
It takes a lot of panels to make enough electricity to cover the usage of the average property, so there should be ample roof space to accommodate them. An average panel is about 250 watts and measures 65"x40"
Finally, a roof must have literally no shading from trees or obstructions, otherwise production will be compromised. Some shading is not detrimental to your system as longs as it doesn't affect your "Power Hours" from 10am - 2pm. We will determine this on our initial site survey.
If your property passes the above tests, you are an exceptional candidate for solar.