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Will solar work in your state? (Infographic)

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Do photovoltaics(PV) really work outside of California?   When first looking into solar, it seems only natural to assume that solar panels will work best in hot areas.

Contrary to this intuition, solar panels perform best in cool environments.   You’ll get the maximum yield from your PV system when direct sunlight is hitting your array, but solar panels continue to generate electricity with ambient sunlight on cloudy days.

Tip: monocrystalline solar panels are known to be more efficient in low-light conditions than polycrystalline solar panels.

Rain can also rinse off “soiling,” or the dirt and dust that builds up on solar panels, making them operate more efficiently.

Some areas also have rewarding “net metering” policies that credit you for the the energy your PV system generates on those clear days.  It’s fed into the electricity grid and later used to offset your energy consumption (kWh) on cloudy days or at night when you’re drawing from the utility grid.   To learn more about grid-tied PV systems, read Grid-Tied and Off-Grid Solar 101.

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With the installed price of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems declining, investing in clean energy is more cost-effective than ever.  Solar is even saving homeowners money in cloudier cities like Seattle and Portland.

Solar is steadily appearing on more rooftops throughout the country- which U.S. cities have you noticed more PV systems being installed?

 

Author: Tom Jackson

I believe in a future that’s powered by clean energy. "Idealist" should not be a dirty word.

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  1. Contact different vendors and ask for quotes before you invest in a solar energy system. If possible, get quotes for different types of panels or mounts and compare the efficiency of each system to figure out which one corresponds to your needs and budget. Stay away from vendors who offer extremely low quotes or do not give you details on how they calculate the quote.

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    • I agree, Dustin. Customers should look for the best $ per Watt to see the highest return on their investment. That being said, the reputation of the company is very important! You want to work with a company that will be around in twenty years.

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  2. Solar panels is the future and panels works every where even in Iceland where the light on the darkest time is only 4 hours.

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  3. We have a solar system in NY state and have lived with it for 15 years now. NY is not known for its sunshine, but our panels have given us a plenty of power. We just enlarged our system this year and today, our system is generating more power than we are using. Love solar and I’d never give it up!

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