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The 5 Parts of a Solar Energy System: Beyond the Panels

Turning the rays from our strong Rio Grande Valley sun into clean solar energy your home or business can use is a process that involves 5 different elements. Rooftop solar is clean, renewable energy that can even pay for itself, and it offers homeowners and business owners alike independence from the ever-rising costs of electric utilities. Going solar can even raise your property values, while keeping your lights on, and business moving, through wind, rain, and grid blackouts.

Here are the main components of your solar energy system, including one very valuable piece of paper (your warranty).

You can’t talk about solar without talking panels

First, we have your solar panels. There are monocrystalline (mono) and polycrystalline (poly) solar panels, and both function in the same way—they take the energy from the sun and capture it to be converted into electricity for you to use. And while both are made from durable silicon, mono panels have a black, shiny appearance, while poly appear bright blue. Some people think the black looks sleeker or blends in with their roof more, but others prefer the more affordable blue option, especially for businesses looking to cut costs with solar.

The heart of your solar energy system is the inverter

Helping to pump the energy into your home or business is your inverter. It takes the direct current generated by the solar panels and turns it into alternating current we can use. The choice of your solar inverter may have an impact on your choice of panels. The use of string inverters is on the rise as they install more efficiently and allow for more flexibility. For a business looking to gradually go solar, or install solar on just a portion of the roof or parking structures, this can be an easy and agile way to move forward while controlling costs.

Mounting equipment keeps your panels on tight

It takes more than a few nuts and bolts to attach the panels to the roof of your home or business. The type of anchors your tech uses will be based on the style of roof you have to make sure the panels stay on and your roof stays in tip top shape. A good installation can have a big effect on how well your solar panels generate energy.

Solar batteries for when the sun’s not out

At night and when it’s cloudy, your panels won’t be generating enough solar energy to keep you going. That’s why battery storage is important, to store those excess rays from the daytime hours so you can use clean affordable solar whenever you need.

Don’t forget the warranty!

The final item, and some would say the most important, is the warranty on your panels and equipment. Most manufacturers or installers will provide warranties or limited warranties on some of all of the parts of your solar energy system up to 25 years.

McAllen and the RGV is Going Solar

With the help of a solar energy expert based in the Rio Grande Valley, you can design a custom rooftop solar energy system that works for your home and your budget.  

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