A Quick Solar Dictionary

  • Nate Lewis
  • Chief Revenue Officer

Our team at Renova Energy wants you to understand all of what solar entails. Read our solar dictionary for more information!

Solar Energy Made Easy with Renova Energy

Renova Energy’s solar installation professionals want our customers to understand the system that we are incorporating into their home. When we work with you, we understand that you may not be familiar with the terms commonly used in the solar field. The more you understand the aspects of your solar energy system, the better you will feel about its power and how it improves your home’s value. 

If you know some common solar terminology, it will help you make a more informed decision. Utilize our list of common terms and when you are ready, let the team at Renova Energy help you make solar part of your Coachella Valley home or business

Contact our team today for a quote. 

Common Terms in Solar Installation and Home Energy Systems

  • Efficiency: This term describes how well the solar panels that are proposed will convert light from the sun into energy. This conversion percentage is usually a range from 21-24% and this number will help you to compare different panel options. 
  • Wattage: Wattage is the amount of power a single solar panel can make. This is important because the more electricity a single panel can make, the fewer you will need for your power system. The goal is to find balance in affordability and wattage output so that your system is efficient in electricity and cost. This is key if your roof has limited space. 
  • Offset: This is the amount of electricity that your solar system will cover, thus taking that amount off of your pull from the power company’s source. Systems may be designed for a certain percentage of offset, meaning if you have 100% offset, your solar power panels will cover all of your electric needs for a 12-month period, covering what you would have used from the electric company. Offset is typically based on the previous year’s usage. Choose your number of panels based on your expected use and any changes that you plan to make such as purchasing an electric car or changing your HVAC system. 
  • TOU: Time-Of-Use rates or TOU Rates describe the tier of rates used when you switch to solar energy and differ from regular electric use rates. This may vary depending on location and regulation. 
  • Inverter: The energy created by solar panels is called DC current, but our homes use AC current. This makes it necessary to change the current from one to another using an inverter. There are two options for inverters: one large inverter can be used, or micro-inverters can be installed on the panels themselves. 

Coachella Valley Solar Installation with Renova Energy

When you are looking for efficiency, independence-producing and technologically advanced options for your home, solar energy is a must have. Our team can help bring your home to the forefront of living off-grid and being self-sufficient. We understand the changing technology that allows people to choose differently, and we love helping our customers learn about their options. 

Solar energy systems from Renova Energy can make a world of difference in how you use power, call today and take your Coachella Valley home to the next level!

 

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