Solar Energy Produced in Spring vs Summer

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Solar Energy Produced in Spring vs Summer

Is there a difference between the solar energy produced in Spring vs Summer? Your solar energy system can produce power all year round to reduce your electric bills. By providing much of the power you need, going solar means relying less on the utility and getting a large share of energy from an inexhaustible, clean source.

But what time of year will a solar energy system work best? What season will your solar have the greatest impact on your energy costs, and how does your energy use pattern influence your savings?

Here are three reasons why the season you think is best for solar may not be!

Reason #1: Blast that A/C!

We all do it sometimes: Keep the air conditioning set nice and cool sometimes in the summer. There’s that rush of relief when you head inside after finishing yard work and feel that chilly air. It’s comfortable at night with the A/C kicking on in your bedroom. Those early August days with high humidity, that’s when it’s really working overtime.

Running air conditioning uses lots of electricity. (Even experts at utility companies have noticed this, and some electric providers now offer programs where the customer opts to get paid an annual bonus for having a remote device cycle their air conditioning off for 30-40 minutes on some days to help prevent a brown-out.) Is solar the answer to off-setting cooling cost?

We’d answer that question this way: It will help a bunch, but don’t expect solar to take care of your whole bill in summer if cooling is a significant driver.

Reason #2: A pesky little thing called power conversion efficiency

There’s a saying that goes, “Heat is the enemy of power conversion.” It’s related to why your uncle keeps his AA batteries in the fridge to prolong their life, and it comes into play with solar. While you might expect the longest days of the year to push summer solar energy production to exceed spring production month by month, power conversion is reduced in hot conditions making the solar tend to top out at or below spring levels. 

 Want to learn more about Spring vs Summer Solar?

 Are you still interested in what happens with solar energy in the Spring vs Summer? Give us a call! One of our solar consultants would be happy to discuss going solar with you and how it will impact your electric bills all year round.

Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Energy Systems:

How exactly does going solar and a solar system itself work?
Solar energy begins with sunlight that hits the panels to produce energy that flows into your inverter, which converts the DC energy into Alternating Current (AC) electricity that can be used to power your home. This same energy is then consumed when powering your home’s light, appliances, gizmos, and gadgets. If you feel your home isn’t producing the energy that it needs, the utility will fill in the gaps. If you system produces more energy than needed, that energy will go to the grid and your utility will credit you for the unused power.
How many solar panels do I need for my home?
At Renu Energy Solutions we design our solar panel systems size based on three main factors.

Roof-size/available space: When we look at the size of your roof and the space available, we gather data that tell us the maximum number of solar panels your home or site can hold and we even consider shading. We use a software “Suneye” which takes a 360 picture of your roof and we use this photo to determine if your home is a good candidate for solar.

Energy Usage: When we determine energy usage we look at your past electrical bills from over the course of a year to make sure your system isn’t too big or too small.

Your Budget: We take your budget seriously and most importantly, we want you to be satisfied with our services. We take your feedback on how much you want to spend so that we can size your system appropriately.

What is solar net-metering?
Net-metering is a type of utility policy that controls how your system is connected to the grid and how you are credited for the solar energy you produce.
Does Duke Energy offer net-metering?
Yes! Both Duke Energy Carolinas and Duke Energy Progress territories in NC offer net-metering when your homes goes solar. If you are interested in net-metering, no worries. Our team will guide you through the process as certain utilities have a different application procedure.
Curious about the cost of a home solar system?
When our clients ask this question, we immediately tell Tham about the federal tax credit that comes with going solar. The Federal tax credit for going solar is 26% in 2020. For example, if the total cost of you system was $22,000, when you subtract 26% you are then left with a %16,280 solar system. There is not set price for a home going solar as there are many factors that contribute to the total cost. The price of a solar home can range from $10k to $100k based on the size of your roof, energy usage, aesthetic preferences, and of course, budget.

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