Solar Power Experts Promote Rigorous Standards of Quality

Solar power has come a long way since the summer of 1878, when Augustin Mouchot harnessed sunlight at the third Paris World’s Fair to make a block of ice. It was an impressive feat for his time, but Mouchot’s Solar Concentrator was technologically akin to a child’s naughty wielding of a magnifying glass to assault an anthill. He simply funneled the sun’s heat. Instead of using the heat to roast innocent ants, he used it to fuel a modified steam engine which powered a condenser, essentially turning sunlight into ice.Mouchot’s Solar Concentrator Mouchot’s Solar Concentrator

Today’s photovoltaic technology works on a much different principle. Basically, a solar cell photovoltaic technologyis made from material such as silicon that release electrons when struck by photons of light, causing the material to polarize. This is called the photoelectric effect, and describing it won Albert Einstein a Nobel Prize. If you arrange these cells into a circuit and expose them to sunlight, an electric current is born. Modern research and development into photovoltaics is geared toward increasing efficiencies in power generation, transmission, and storage – while at the same time bringing down costs through advances in manufacturing techniques.

Advanced technologies require advanced skills.

For Underwriter’s Laboratories (UL), electrical safety from the industrial to the personal has been a cornerstone of the organization’s existence. UL has been fundamental to worldwide electrification for over a century, with a commitment to quality and safety that is as active and vibrant as ever. In 2013 alone, UL evaluated over 90 thousand products and nearly 22 billion products were manufactured bearing their stamp of approval. Along with product evaluations, UL develops professional accreditation and certification programs that set industry standards, including the expanding solar power industry.

For example, UL offers a Photovoltaic System Installer Certification. The qualifications to even attempt this certification demonstrates UL’s rigorous professional standards. An applicant must have passed the OSHA 30-hour construction safety program and be recognized as a Qualified Electrician, which requires an apprenticeship, classroom training, and state licensure. This reflects thousands of hours of real world experience (roughly 2 – 4 years, depending on individual state licensing guidelines). Once the certification is achieved, the installer must earn six continuing education credits in photovoltaic technology within three years in order to retest, which is when the certification expires.

Clearly, you can expect a UL certified installer to be the embodiment of competence. Keep that in mind when you consider adding or upgrading a solar system for your home or business.

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Harvesting Daylight for Your Business

Did you know that you can harvest daylight through your windows at work?

We all know how much the sunlight can affect employee moods as well as sales of products, but it’s affect on the office space works in better ways…for your pocketbook. Plus, using daylight as the primary source for illuminating a space is more sustainable in the long run. Continue reading “Harvesting Daylight for Your Business”

Soak Up The Sun And The Savings!

It already warms our days, helps our plants to grow, and gives our skin a rich tone, so what else would you ask from the sun? How about to help out with the electricity bill! Solar power has been well known for decades but is recently gaining steam in the housing sector thanks to many energy friendly financial incentives. There is about 7 billion years of energy left in the sun, why not tap in to it?

“Sure, The Sun Is Free But The Technology Isn’t”Solar-Panels

It is no secret that obtaining solar power for your home used to come with an astronomical price. Just like the flat screen TV, MP3 Player, and your cell phone, solar technology has become more advanced and more abundant, thus driving the initial cost down. With the popularity of “green” electricity growing, the federal government offers a “Federal Solar Tax Credit” where you can be eligible to receive 30% off the total cost of your solar power system.

A Well Lit Road to Savings

How long will it take to see a return on your newly established solar power? Obviously this depends on the size of the system you choose to install. However, the average installed system cuts down user’s electricity bill by 50% and sometimes eliminates it entirely. Say you bought an $18,000 system, take out the Federal Solar Tax Credit and you’re system now cost you $12,600. If your current energy bill is $150/month, if the system cuts your bill in half to $75/month, you would save $900 a year. At that rate, it would only take 14 years to pay for itself and if you plan to live in that home for longer than that, you’re saving money. These panels have a 25 year performance warranty and most systems can last for more than 30 years! Remember, electricity rates are nearly guaranteed to keep increasing and as those increase, so do your savings, essentially helping the system to pay for itself even sooner. Even if you do not plan to live at that home for more than 14 years, the system has already added value to your home upon selling it.

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