Ever wonder why so many residents of the Coachella Valley switch to solar? Learn more in our blog!
Summer is quickly approaching and, without a doubt, the highest electric bills of the year will accompany the season. Savvy Coachella Valley residents have switched to solar, and you should consider it as well. Here’s why:
If you decide to switch to solar soon, your system can be installed before most of the huge summer bills hit. That means, instead of payments that spike over the summer and kill your budget, you can lock in fixed payments that will never change by taking advantage of a SunPower lease. With $0 down and free installation to start, your savings start right away!
Can Solar Help Me Save All Year?
Of course, summer is when solar really shows off its advantages! With the long sunny days in the desert, your system will produce the most power of the year. The benefit? Even if it’s not quite enough to keep up with how much energy you use, you will quickly catch up when summer is over as you begin making more power than you use. That’s because solar is designed to work on a 12-month cycle, and if your system is sized correctly, at the end of 12 months, you should owe very little and even get some money back from the utility. (Note: That statement assumes) your habits have stayed the same as the year prior to you getting solar.
What Impacts the Effectiveness of Solar?
Ideally, your solar system would produce the same amount of electricity every day, so you would know how much to expect and how much to use. However, there are many factors that influence how much energy the system can produce, including, of course, what type of panel they are. That’s why Renova Energy recommends SunPower panels, the most advanced and efficient panels available. They make more electricity with a single panel than any others. What else makes a difference?
- Geographic location
- Time of day
- The current season
- Atmospheric conditions
How Geographic Location Impacts Solar
Where you are located in the world and the change in seasons does have a significant influence on the amount of daylight your panels will see each day. However, in the Palm Springs area, our differences are not as profound as in other locations. Of course, shorter falls and winter days may decrease solar energy production slightly.
How the Time of Day Impacts Solar
Daylight hours tend to shift during winter months as well, and this isn’t necessarily due to daylight savings time coming to an end. When winter sets in, the sun rises later in the morning and sets earlier in the evening, which does change how much power your solar panels can produce. That’s why it’s especially important to choose a local Coachella Valley solar installer like Renova Energy who can position the panels on your roof to capture the most light at each part of the day and maximize your savings.
How Atmospheric Conditions Impact Solar
It’s no secret that winter is subject to a few more days of cloudy or even rainy weather. This doesn’t mean your lights will turn off on cloudy days, but it does mean that you may find yourself relying on a bit more power from the grid than you would during a clear day without a cloud in the sky
How Landscape Impacts Solar
With the sun setting earlier comes concerns as to where your home is located. In the Coachella Valley, some homes may even receive shade from nearby mountains, making our site survey process crucial. These conditions will be taken into consideration when determining where and how many solar panels your home will need.
What to Expect From Solar in the Winter
So, what about solar in the winter? Is it still producing a lot of power? Absolutely! Solar energy is derived from light from the sun, not heat, and in the Desert, we have plenty of sunshine year-round. In fact, solar panels actually run more efficiently during winter months because the cooler weather allows for a more even flow of electricity from your panels into your home. The colder weather also helps keep your panels cool, which increases their lifespan and longevity. SunPower solar panels are made to work well in all conditions because the electricity is conducted using copper inside the panel rather than a metal paste on the top that expands and contracts with the heat and cold, which can lead to breakage.
Make the Switch to Solar Before Summer Heat Returns
If you are ready to make the switch to solar, we urge you to contact our solar installation team in the Coachella Valley. We are dedicated to helping our customers save big, live comfortably, and enjoy all the benefits solar has to offer. When you choose to work with our team, you can rest easily knowing we will be here to answer any questions you may have throughout the process.
Call Renova Energy today and learn why switching to solar before the summer is the best option! Our Coachella Valley solar professionals are standing by to help.