Solar Panel Installations in Los Angeles
High quality solar panels provide several benefits to any homeowner who uses them. Solar panels are a big investment but can provide huge savings on your existing electricity bills. Not to mention they can also improve the value of the home and creates clean energy which is great for the environment. Diamond Solar employs highly qualified experts in roofing and electrical systems who provide flawless solar panel installations that are guaranteed to last for years.
Diamond Solar uses only the highest quality solar panels on all our installations.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
Each solar panel consists of several smaller components known as photovoltaic (PV) cells. Photovoltaic is the conversion of light into electricity. The flow of electricity occurs when a photon—a particle of light—knocks electrons free from atoms. High cell count in each panel along with a higher number of panels produces more electricity.
The Benefits of Solar Installation
Did you know that California has one of the highest energy bills in America? Fortunately, solar panels can reduce those costs to or near zero. This is of course dependent on the size and energy usage of your home. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) also offers a net metering program. When your solar system generates more power than you use, your electric meter will run backwards—meaning that you are giving power to the grid, rather than taking it—and in turn you will receive a credit on your electric bill!
You can end up saving thousands of dollars within just a few years. You can even make money! How? Because the power company pays you for any excess energy that you feed back into the power grid.
What if I plan on selling my home?
The value of your home can be increased by thousands of dollars when you have a solar system installed. Statistics have also shown that homes with solar panels get sold faster, another reason why solar can be a good investment, even if you plan to move eventually.
Cost and Installation of Solar Panels
The state of California and the Federal government both offer several rebates and incentives to offset the potentially high initial cost of solar installations. Applying for the Los Angeles rebate can save you about $4,000 and the federal solar tax credit can shave off 30% of the cost. Whilst depending on the size of the system and the location of the property, when combing both of these features, the total cost of the PV system can be reduced to nearly half of the original price.
The first step to any solar system installation is to conduct a free in-person evaluation of your property to see if solar panels are a viable option. Your roof needs to have the structural integrity to accept solar panels and enough sunlight to make solar panels a logical choice for your home. Our installers will visit your home to evaluate this. If solar panels are a viable options for your home, the installer will then perform the necessary measurements for your roof prior to beginning the installation process. The installation of solar panels is also non-disruptive for the most part because it takes place on your rooftop. Once connected to the grid, your PV system will be up and running!
Which Solar Panel Inverter Should I Have?
Solar panels convert sunlight into DC (direct current) power; the purpose of an inverter is to convert that power into AC (alternating current) power, which is what is used in your home. The main types of inverters are string inverters and microinverters.
If all of your solar panels receive a lot of sunlight or all face the same direction, then string inverters could be a good choice and are also the least expensive type. Each row of panels is called a string and that string is attached to an inverter. If one panel on the string lacks enough sunlight, then it will drag the performance of all the other panels down to its level.
A solution to this performance defect caused by an underperforming solar panel is the use of power optimizers. One is installed on each panel and conditions the DC current before it reaches the inverter.
These are installed on each panel which converts the DC power into AC power right at the panel. Microinverters are more efficient than string inverters because the performance of one panel will not affect the performance of any of the other panels. This is a good solution for homes where one or more of the solar panels are in the shade and should only be purchased if necessary as they can be expensive.