You don’t need to tell an Arizonan that our state gets a lot of sun—we see it (and feel it) every day. Did you know that Yuma is sunny 90% of the year, more than any other place in the United States?
With all that sunshine, it’s no surprise that so many homeowners in Florence, Litchfield Park, and throughout the state are converting their homes with residential solar panel installation. Solar energy is an essentially infinite source of power, and homes with solar are using it to lower energy costs and reduce their home’s carbon footprint.
If you’re starting to look into this green technology, you may have some questions about switching to solar, like, “Do solar panels provide 24-hour electricity?” The answer is: it depends! Let’s learn more.
Harnessing the Power of the Sun… When the Sun’s Out
Solar photovoltaic (PV) panels are growing increasingly efficient (many now above 20%!), but there is a catch: a PV panel’s cell can only absorb sunlight and convert it from DC to AC energy that can be used to power your home when the sun is shining. If the sun isn’t shining, your panels aren’t producing any energy.
But hold on—that doesn’t mean it’s impossible for you to take advantage of the benefits of solar power when it’s night time or on the rare cloudy Arizona day. That’s where solar battery storage comes in!
Solar + Battery = 24/7 Renewable Energy
With a regular grid-tied solar panel system, any excess energy your panels produce is sent back to your utility company for a credit on your bill (whether grandfathered in under net metering or under export rates). This is one way that you can still benefit from solar energy at night—by generating enough electricity over the course of the day to offset the amount of grid power you use when the sun goes down.
However, there’s an even better solution—with solar battery storage, you can store any excess solar energy your panels produce when the sun is shining and use them later, when your panels aren’t producing electricity.
With solar battery backup, you’ll:
Have greater energy independence
Avoid peak pricing from your utility company
Keep the lights on even during power outages
Save More on Solar with Rebates and Incentives
When you upgrade your home to solar energy with Energy Solution Providers, you’ll have access to significant Arizona solar tax credits, rebates, financing, and other incentives that make solar power easy and affordable.
The federal solar tax credit is a great example: Qualified homeowners can reduce 26% of their total solar installation costs from up to two consecutive years of federal taxes due.
Get 24/7 renewable energy for your home with the best solar company in AZ. Call 520-868-0700 or contact us today for a free solar estimate.