California Coast Builders, Inc. will design the appropriate solar system for each individual project. Solar panels are a great way to save money on your electric bill or eliminate it and protect yourself from future rate hikes, especially with all this sun in the San Diego area.
Solar panels can deliver better returns than many long-term investments, providing annual returns of 5% - 10% each year with total returns greater than 200% over 25 years.
Tax incentives and rebates can reduce the cost of going solar by up to 40% depending federal and state programs.
HOW A PV CELL MAKES ELECTRICITY:
Under the sun, a photovoltaic cell acts as a photosensitive diode that instantaneously converts light – but not heat – into electricity.
A top, phosphorus-diffused silicon layer carries free electrons – un-anchored particles with negative charges. A thicker, boron doped bottom layer contains holes, or absences of electrons, that also can move freely. In effect, precise manufacturing has instilled an electronic imbalance between the two layers.
Photons bombard and penetrate the cell.
They activate electrons, knocking them loose in both silicon layers.
Some electrons in the bottom layer sling-shot to the top of the cell.
These electrons flow into metal contacts as electricity, moving into a circuit throughout a 60-cell module.
Electrons flow back into the cell via a solid contact layer at the bottom, creating a closed loop or circuit.
POWERING HOMES AND BUSINESSES WITH SOLAR
Current leaving a module, or array of modules, passes through a wire conduit leading to an inverter. This device, about the shape of a waffle iron, inverts direct current, which flows with a fixed current and voltage, into alternating current, which flows with oscillating current and voltage. Appliances worldwide operate on AC.
From the inverter, the solar-generated power feeds into the circuitry of a household, business or power plant and onto the region’s electrical grid. A remote, or independent, power system also can form a self-contained circuit without connecting to the grid. The off-grid system, however, requires batteries to store power for times, such as night, when modules do not capture enough light energy from the sun.
INCREASES YOUR HOME VALUE:
Studies show that solar systems can increase your home value by 20 times the annual electricity savings.
In addition, homes with solar systems tend to sell faster than homes without solar – 15% faster by some studies.
Tax incentives and rebates can reduce the cost of going solar by up to 40% depending on your state and local programs. Financing options are now available to help overcome the upfront costs of going solar.
BUYING VS. RENTING:
Much like buying a home vs. renting, when you buy your Solar System, you lock in your power costs. Instead of paying $200-$1000 a month to the power company, you invest in your system with a simple payment option that can cost the same or less than it was costing you for power. Why continue throwing money away on the never-ending, always increasing cost of energy.
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