When it comes to switching to solar power, the time is truly now. According to the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), equipment costs have decreased nearly 80% since 2008 alone and are expected to continue dropping.
Direct Energy Solar uses crystalline silicon technology, the most reliable, proven solar technology available. Fifty years of continuous innovation since the technology was first developed has resulted in panels that last decades at incredibly high efficiency levels.
At Direct Energy Solar, we use high quality solar panels developed by industry-leading manufacturers who rigorously test their products. In addition, we offer both workmanship warrantees and performance guarantees. We’ve got you covered.
Solar panels rarely require maintenance. They have no moving parts that may wear over time and do not require any cleaning.
Seasonal rainfall is typically sufficient to keep your solar panels clean. You may need to occasionally remove larger debris, depending on the slope of your roof.
And don’t worry about snow on your solar panels—they do an excellent job of absorbing heat, which helps melt the snow.
Instead of using central inverters, Direct Energy Solar uses small micro-electronics that attach to each solar panel. Known as panel-level optimization, this allows each panel to operate independently, leading to significant improvements in energy production and adding a new layer of intelligence throughout your solar system.
With panel-level optimization, you also get greater design flexibility in the placement of your panels and an easily expandable system.
With a central inverter device, solar panels are wired together in series. As a result, the output of your entire solar system can be dragged down by one panel. This situation makes your system more susceptible to common environmental factors such as shade.
The central inverters are replaced with small micro-electronics that attach to each solar panel. This approach allows each panel to work independently, for maximum energy production and a more electricity savings over the lifetime of your system.
When clouds block out the sun, your solar panels will still produce clean electricity. This is true even in the wintertime (in fact, solar panels actually perform better in colder temperatures).
Solar panels harness both visible light and infrared light in order to create usable electricity. Even during the grayest days, visible light still gets through rain and clouds. After all, the sky isn’t completely black—it’s just several shades darker.
And solar panels would still be able to generate electricity during cloudy days even if they only used ultraviolet light. If you’ve ever gotten sunburned on an overcast afternoon, you understand this concept intuitively.
Your solar system is always connected to your local utility grid. In the United States, modern solar installations come equipped with a special safety technology that automatically shuts down solar systems during blackouts or power surges.
When the local electricity company sends out crews to fix the grid after a major storm, these technicians need to know which power lines are active and which are not. If a solar installation is still sending solar electricity into the grid, it can be dangerous. We need to ensure the safety of the crews working to bring your power back online.
We understand that solar can be confusing and want to help educate our neighbors interested in powering their homes with sunshine. Check out some of our most frequently asked questions.