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29Jun

Why You Shouldn’t Wait Any Longer to Install Solar Panels

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The world has been turned upside down these past two years. With everything that you had piled onto your plate, it’s no surprise that a solar panel installation is the last thing on your mind. However, you should not put off a solar panel installation any longer. Government incentives coupled with record low prices for solar panels means your solar panel project will pay for itself very quickly. Southern View Energy has qualified technicians to give you an estimate on your solar panel installation. We still have room in the books to get your solar panel project completed in 2022. Government Incentives for Homeowners Through the end of 2022, congress has extended the Clean Energy Investment Tax Credit (ITC). The ITC provides a 26% federal income tax credit. For homeowners who cannot utilize the full tax credit in the first year, you can carry it over into the following years..

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23Jun

Optimizing the Direction of Your Solar Panels – Part 2

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Part 2 will cover Solar Battery Alternative, North-Facing Roofs, and Roof Pitch. Solar Battery Alternative An alternative approach for mitigating peak demand pricing is the installation of an energy storage system with a solar battery. Using this strategy, rooftop orientation will be less of a factor. As long as its solar panels can generate energy, a system will be able to store energy that can be consumed when electricity is most costly, maximizing  savings on utility costs. North-Facing Roofs Generating adequate energy from solar panels on a north-facing roof will require an installation that will mount them in opposition to the slant. The aesthetics will be less than ideal, and energy production will be less than other-facing systems. Thus, it may make sense to consider a non-roof installation by utilizing solar panel pole or ground mounts. Typically, your roof will offer the ideal location for an unshaded area that is.

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20Jun

Optimal Time to Install Solar Panels

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With summer around the corner, many homeowners may be tempted to begin a solar panel installation. Southern View Energy can install solar panels during any time of the year, but different seasons have pros and cons. Spring Solar Panel Installation Installing solar panels in the spring gives you enough time to complete your set-up before the hot summer months. Hot, humid summers mean higher electric bills. Solar energy is great for reducing the amount of electricity you are paying for through the electric company, and Southern View Energy can assist in hooking your solar panels up to the electric grid. However, the average lead time for fully-connected solar panels is 45 working days. Beginning the installation a minimum of 1.5 months before the intense summer months ensures that you can take full advantage of the solar energy in the summer. However, spring projects are often delayed due to weather conditions..

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North Georgia Solar Energy
16Jun

Heating a Greenhouse using Solar Panels

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Having a greenhouse on your residential property is a great way to start your produce or flowers during the colder months. Alternatively, you may own a larger commercial greenhouse. Regardless of whether you own a commercial or personal greenhouse, you can save money on your heating bills by switching to solar energy. Solar panels can effectively heat your greenhouse by using green, renewable energy. Southern View Energy has competitive rates on the latest in solar panel technology. Types of Solar Panels Used to Heat a Greenhouse There are two types of solar panels, solar thermal and solar PV. When people think of solar panels, they are most likely thinking of the solar thermal panels. Solar thermal panels produce heat, while solar photo-voltaic (PV) panels produce electricity. A greenhouse will typically not require heating during the day, except during the winter months. Normally a greenhouse will have a heater running in the.

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13Jun

Can I Power My Garage using Solar Panels?

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Garages and pole barns are as handy as pockets on a shirt. After all, who would pass up extra storage space or room for a workshop? Pole barns cost on average $27,000 to build, depending on the desired size and materials. The base cost excludes electricity and other materials, such as a concrete floor. The cost to run electricity to a new build site could run thousands of dollars and tear up your yard. Electric lines are typically buried in conduit and run to the new outbuilding by a certified electrician. Rather than going through the hassle of running electric lines, you should install solar panels in your garage or pole barn. Our technicians at Southern View Energy will provide free estimates on solar panel installation projects. Every Project is Unique We are not a “one size fits all” solar energy company. Every project completed by Southern View Energy is.

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Assess Your Solar Needs
9Jun

Optimizing the Direction of Your Solar Panels – Part 1

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A roof’s orientation will impact the potential of solar panels for producing energy. However, there truly is not a one-size-fits-all approach for the placement of solar panels.  Homes located in the Northern Hemisphere, which includes Georgia, with south-facing solar panels will receive the most direct sunlight over a year. But a south-facing roof is not an absolute requirement for building a solar energy system that will be productive and economically viable. East-West vs. South Facing Solar Panels The reason why south-facing solar panels produce the most energy is because the sun’s path is invariably in the southern sky for homes located in the northern hemisphere. Panels facing the southeast and southwest will generate about 8% less. Directly east or west facing panels will produce 20% less. Although a roof’s orientation plays a great part in determining solar panel production, it is not the most important factor in determining the cost.

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SVE Home Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
6Jun

Home Electric Vehicle Charging Station Basics – Part 2

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Part 2 will discuss Level 1, Level 2, and Level 3 EV charging stations. Level 1 A Level 1 charging station uses a common 120-volt connection with a standard household electrical outlet. Since they typically come with a plug-in vehicle, there typically won’t be an additional costs. However, charging is long and slow. Most owners of electric vehicles with a depleted battery will require 12-13 hours of overnight charging using a Level 1 charging station. Level 2 Level 2 requires a higher output 240V power source, which is identical to what dryers and ovens use. It delivers charging times far faster than a Level 1 charging station. As an example, the Mercedes B Class 250e requires 20 hours for a full charge for a range of about 85 miles with a Level 1 120-volt charging station. In stark contrast, a 240-volt Level 2 charger will take just three hours. It.

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Southern View Energy Home Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
3Jun

Home Electric Vehicle Charging Station Basics – Part 1

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It’s now possible to never have to fill up at a gas station again. Instead, you can have an unlimited supply of fuel conveniently available in your garage. If you’re an all-electric vehicle driver and homeowner, you can make this happen!  Most plug-in vehicles are sold with a Level 1 charging station, allowing owners to charge the battery from a standard household outlet. If you own a plug-in hybrid with a limited electrical range or don’t drive often, this should be adequate. Other electric vehicles (EVs) will require a Level 2 charging station. Home Charging Stations Classified as EVSE (electric vehicle supply equipment), a home charging station actually does not do the charging. Electric cars typically carry an on-board charger that converts household AC (alternating current) to DC (direct current) that will be stored in a vehicle’s batteries. Five Considerations Make and model of your plug-in car.Location of the nearest.

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Solar Energy, Southern View Energy
31May

The Basics of Maintaining Your Solar Panels – Part 2

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Part 2 will discuss more important topics covering the maintenance of solar energy systems. Maintenance of Batteries Many homeowners have purchased solar batteries to enhance their residential solar energy systems. Solar batteries are designed to store the excess energy solar arrays generate. The following summarizes the most common types of solar batteries. Lithium-ion – These are highly popular because they are very efficient and require little maintenance. Perhaps the best known lithium-ion battery make is the Tesla Powerwall. Flow – Boasting service lives of up to 25 years, flow solar batteries are an ideal choice for homes and businesses that are off-grid because of their superior capability for storing power. Lead-acid – Invented in 1859, lead-acid batteries are best known for being affordable and reliable. Solar batteries should be stored in a secure and well-ventilated space like a garage or outbuilding. They typically need very little maintenance. Some types may.

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Georiga, Southern View Energy
28May

The Basics of Maintaining Your Solar Panels – Part 1

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Spring has arrived, and we are enjoying warmer and sunnier days. You may be thinking about installing a solar energy system this season to take advantage of the increasing amount of sunlight or perhaps you already have a system installed. In either case, the proper maintenance of solar panels will be discussed in the following paragraphs. Maintenance Basics What commercial and residential solar power panels have in common is that they are built to be very durable. They need to be in order to endure severe weather all year round. Although their cells are fragile, they are contained inside thick glass frames and casings. Solar panels are typically designed to have service lives of up to 25 years, and some have even longer lifespans. Be sure to properly store your warranty documents in case your system ever experiences a defect or malfunction. After a strong storm or high winds, it.

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