Winter is almost over. Ok, well we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel of what has been an epic weather year for Sarasota. Thanks to the bomb cyclone that threw an almost unprecedented amount of frigid air at us from somewhere around the north pole. But take heart fellow Floridians, the temps are rising and it is time to get back in the pool. The bell curve of average temperature is on the upswing and now is the time to consider an upgrade for your home this spring. Mirasol Fafco Solar is still here – just like we have been for the past 41 years – and we are ready to install that solar system on your home that you have always dreamed of. In fact, we are proud to say that Mirasol Fafco is one of the oldest solar energy companies in the country! So you know that the job will be done right by the local experts you trust.

Many of us look forward to the spring for many reasons, the return of the oppressive heat notwithstanding. Many homeowners look forward to getting out into the yard, cleaning out the gutters and maybe cleaning out the garage. This year, it is time to ease your energy burden with a Solar Electric PV system. Don’t know much about solar? That is why we are here, we help clients understand their solar energy needs and make sure that they choose the right system for their home.

The Solar Electric PV System

Just what is a Solar Electric PV System?      

Now, you may have seen those solar panels on the roof of your neighbor’s house or peeking up over a backyard fence. Generally those are what is known as photovoltaic solar panels. Basically they are responsible for collecting the sunlight to turn into power. Much like water power can take the motion of water and turn it into electricity, solar panels take sunlight and turn them into power for your home. As for how they work, that is really cool. Inside of the solar panels are sheets of materials that are charged opposite of one another. When the sun is shining on the solar panel, it pushes electrons from one material to the other, creating a charge just like a battery. Essentially, the sun is just like the water pushing against the water wheel and generating electricity, except it is pushing electrons from one surface to another and generating electricity. This may seem like a plug and play situation, but all  homes are run off of what is known as AC or alternating current and the solar panels generate what is known as DC or Direct Current. In essence, you would need to convert the power from DC to AC in order to utilize the solar panel. This is, of course, one of the features of the Mirasol Fafco solar system.

Do You Need A Storage System?

Once you convert the power from DC to AC there are many ways to deal with it. Most homes that utilize a solar power system are hooked up to the general municipal power grid also. This can have advantages due to the fact that many areas will give you a small credit for selling power back to the grid. Many solar homes in our area are connected to the grid because of the lack of affordable battery systems. Contrary to popular belief, batteries are not their own source of energy, they are simply storage devices for electricity, to put it simply. If you have a battery storage system in your home it is possible to save up energy for those times that your solar panels are not effective, you know, like night time. So if you plan on cutting your home off from the grid, it is entirely possible with at battery system. The best news about battery systems for solar is that in the last 20 years, battery technology has undergone a bit of a renaissance and the possibilities for the future are exciting. This type of research could have a huge impact on solar energy in the next few decades. This is the technology that the current crop of electric cars is poised to utilize, which will undoubtedly revolutionize the automotive industry.      

Battery storage for your home has come a long way and even if you are not going to elect to add a battery system to your solar array, it can always be added later.   

Is Solar Right for You?

Now that we have gone over all of the boring details of solar, we wanted to take a moment to regress a bit and look at much more than numbers. So you may ask, what can solar offer me and my family? Aside from how cool it is, one thing’s for certain. Unless the sun explodes, there will be a power source for many years to come. That is a pretty simplistic way of looking at it and we did not take into account the potential of a global ice age in which the sun could be obscured for a hundred years, but chances are pretty good the sun will be around of a while. At Mirasol Fafco Solar, we think that means the future of home energy is almost going to be exclusively based on renewable resources. Many municipalities are building  dedicated solar farms that are able to track the sun’s position in the sky, making them extremely effective. Currently, solar is poised to be the next big renewable energy platform in a society that is demanding clean energy and, along with wind power, is becoming more accessible.  solar system on your home will not only save you money but it will essentially pay for itself. Of course, if you have any questions about this facet of our business, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us for more information.

If you are on the fence concerning whether or not to invest in a solar power system for your home, consider this: if you do not do it for yourself, think of your children and the legacy that you are leaving them. Reducing pollution and utilizing clean energy is a win for everyone. If a solar electric PV system sounds like something you would like to add to your home we will be happy to conduct a free solar evaluation of your home and recommend the best course of action. Let us help you make this the spring that you finally add your solar system and begin saving money. Contact us today!