Residential Solar Panel

Written by Patricia Tunstall
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A residential solar panel could not be more simple in design and function, yet it revolutionizes your relationship with PG&E. The minute your home solar is installed and operational, it starts producing your very own electricity. That means you are no longer a consumer of energy, but a producer of your own power supply.

Solar modules, or panels, are the fundamental component in a photovoltaic (PV) solar system, which is the unit that makes you eligible for California's cash rebates and tax credits. Each residential solar panel absorbs the sun's rays and uses them to make electricity. An inverter changes the direct current into the alternating current your home needs.

Durable and Esthetic

Simplicity aside, solar systems have no moving parts to clean, oil, or wear out. Rainfall is usually sufficient to keep the panels clean, unless you live in an area with severe dust or pollen. Even then, you just need to turn on your garden hose to wash off the panels.

Systems are guaranteed for 25 years, but have a life expectancy of 40 years, so these long-lasting panels will continue to provide excellent service well into the future. Panels can be mounted flush with the roof, but in special circumstances, many different arrangements can be created to meet your needs. Solar systems can be an attractive and unobtrusive part of your home.

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