Posts Tagged ‘Solar Power’

Solar Power and Energy Efficiency: What You Should Know!

Monday, December 13th, 2021

solar-panels-on-roof-of-homeThe first thing homeowners tend to ask when presented with the opportunity to go solar in their home is, “is it worth it?” The short answer to this is, “yes, absolutely!” Sure, you’d probably expect us to say that, but allow us to elaborate!

With the number of advancements being made in solar energy technology throughout the last decade and beyond, right now it really is a great investment to go solar. Perhaps at this point, you’re thinking, “but it’s cloudy and grey for, like, half the year!” First off, that’s not entirely accurate and secondly, there are systems in place for this, including a battery backup for your solar system.

Additionally, homeowners qualify for a number of incentives by going solar, both federally and locally. So, if you’ve been considering getting solar panels installed to save money on your electricity needs, now is a perfect time! Read on to learn more.


Discover the Power of Solar Energy Systems

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021


When you talk to our team about solar energy and whether the investment is worth it, you’re going to hear us boast about the benefits. But we do more than just boast—we provide you with truly exceptional home services, and we can’t say enough good things about going solar.

Homeowners often find that they qualify for many incentives by choosing to harness solar energy, and there are other cost-saving benefits, too.

If you’ve ever thought about getting solar panels installed by our professionals so you can save money on your energy needs, there’s no time like the present to do so. Keep reading as we uncover the benefits and power of going solar. (more…)

Springfield VT Solar Guide: How Solar Power Works

Monday, September 10th, 2012

A solar power system offers the cleanest form of energy for your Springfield VT home. Solar energy is completely renewable, and you can always rely on the sun as a consistent power source. Before deciding to install a solar power system in your home, however, it is a good idea to learn how solar power works.

Solar Cell

A solar cell is the main component of a solar power system. It takes the energy of sunlight and converts it into electricity. Solar cells are made of special materials known as semiconductors. Silicon is the most commonly used material for making these semiconductors.

When light hits the cell, some part of it is absorbed within its semiconductor material. Silicon has some special chemical properties. There are 14 electrons in an atom of silicon, which are arranged in three different shells. The silicon atom always looks for ways to fill up its last shell, so it shares electrons with four nearby atoms. This structure of silicon makes it ideal for making solar cells.

When sunlight gets absorbed, one of the electrons in the bonds between silicon atoms increases its energy level and moves around more freely. That electron moves around the crystal, generating current. The current can be drawn out for external use by introducing metal links on the top and bottom of the cell. The solar cell generates only a small amount of energy. In order to get more energy, many solar cells should be interconnected to make a panel.

Thin Film Solar Panels

Traditional crystalline silicon systems are bulky and installing them requires a lot of work. Thin film crystalline silicon is the latest in solar technology. In this system, a solar cell is made by placing several thin photovoltaic films on a substrate. It has a lower photovoltaic efficiency than traditional system. However, it is expected that its efficiency will be increased in the near future. Thin film solar power system works in a way similar to that of traditional crystalline silicon modules.

Solar power system can be installed in any Springfield VT home, no matter whether it is small or big to meet any electrical requirement. Though the initial cost of installation is high, the solar power system offers better returns. It helps you enjoy long term savings by reducing or cutting the need to pay utility bills. For more information, contact HB Energy today!