“Germany is the number one country in the world using solar power and Kentucky has more solar hours per day than Germany. So yes, you can go solar in Kentucky.” -Jamie Clark, President
What is Solar Power?
To put it simply, solar power is energy extracted from the sun’s rays. Radiation from the sun is emitted constantly as it makes contact with the earth, and it’s possible to harness this energy by making use of photovoltaic (PV) cells. When sunshine hits these cells, photons interact with electrons to create “flow,” which results in electricity generation.
Solar rays provide on-demand energy during the daylight hours, which can be extremely effective when it comes to powering air conditioning units that need to be run throughout the whole day. Taking the DC (direct current) from the sun, a solar power system uses an inverter to convert this energy to AC (alternating current) power, which can be utilized within the home.
Producing no emissions, solar panels are perhaps the “greenest” of home performance upgrades, and it’s no secret that more and more homeowners in the Lexington, KY area are moving in this direction each year.
Why Install Solar Panels?
Most people who are interested in installing solar panels within their homes already know that doing so can come along with a number of benefits. These include:
Sustainability / Renewability
In the quest to use renewable energy, there’s simply no better option to consider than solar.
It’s not uncommon to wonder whether or not maintaining solar panels will require a lot of work. This being said, they’re essentially worry-free and require almost no maintenance during their lifespan.
Quiet Production of Energy
If you’ve ever run a generator outside your home, chances are you know just how loud the process of producing electricity can be. Solar panels are just about silent, producing useful energy without the annoyance of unnecessary noise.
The Future of Energy Production
As renewable resources continue to grow in popularity, the move towards solar will no doubt increase with each year. Solar is the future of energy production, and the sooner you can get involved, the better.
The Synergy Approach to Solar
Let’s face it – for an energy nerd, solar panels are just plain sexy. Synergy president Jamie Clark shows his off every chance he gets. But the reality is that most homes need a lot of work reducing electrical demand before they invest in solar.
We call our approach diet and exercise. You can’t get skinny running 5 miles a day if all you eat is junk food for every meal. Most of our houses are pretty fat and need to go on a diet. With our bodies we can shave calories so that we need less exercise, and with our homes we shave watts so we need less electricity.
Here is Synergy's "in sync" approach to solar electric:
We track your home's power consumption to determine overall usage and peak needs.
We talk with you, the homeowner, about your goals and objectives. Do you want to offset your electricity bills or completely eliminate them?
We develop a customized plan for installation that will work with your schedule and budget.
While installing solar panels isn’t the only way to make your home more energy efficient, doing so can play a major role in enhancing your home’s efficiency and performance and we can also recommend many DIY measures to shave watts. Get in touch with us today to learn more or to schedule an appointment with one of our solar experts!
There aren't many people in this industry that is more knowledge than Jamie. He has a passion for being on top of his game and being educated on the new areas of his industry. When I bought my house, he was the first one I called to come give me an analysis.
This is a conversation about gas furnaces, so if you have an all-electric heat pump or some other heat source then this article is not for you, but please check back soon since we will be writing about other forms of heating in the coming weeks.