ISS Solar Panels – Solar in Space

ISS Solar Panels – Solar in Space

I know what you’re thinking, how do they get electricity over 200 miles above Earth?  *Hint: It’s not an extension cord.* The best source of energy for the ISS is the energy obtained from the sun. Space engineers have done a fantastic job of creating solar arrays that...
Solar Panel Orientation Efficiency

Solar Panel Orientation Efficiency

The amount that your roof direction will affect the efficiency of your solar panels relies both on the direction (known as the Azimuth angle) of your roof as well as the slope (also called pitch) of your roof. It’s important, when you invest in rooftop solar panels,...
Do Solar Panels Need Direct Sunlight?

Do Solar Panels Need Direct Sunlight?

Did you know the first amorphous silicon photovoltaic panels came out in 1976? At this time, the energy conversion rate was 1.1%! After 20 years, a company in Switzerland produced a conversion rate of 11% using a photo-electrochemical process (a process that usually...
How Does Net Metering Work in California?

How Does Net Metering Work in California?

How Does Net Energy Metering Work in California?  Net energy metering for the state of California is one of the many benefits that make us the undisputed champion for solar energy. Here in the Golden State, we saw over 26,000 megawatts of solar panels installed in the...