How Solar Energy Works

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How solar energy works is a combination of technology, economics, and customer service. But it begins with the sun beaming enough energy to earth each hour to power global civilization for a year. With the right equipment, you can harness your share of it and power your life on sunlight. Blue Raven Solar combines all those into a hassle-free experience to make going solar almost as easy as flipping a switch.

THE TECHNOLOGY

Photovoltaics, power inverters, net metering, and photons from the sun create a clean, renewable power source for homeowners. Switching to solar shrinks utility bills and your carbon footprint while boosting the value of your home.

THE ECONOMICS

Falling equipment prices, lucrative tax incentives, and attractive financing make solar energy more accessible to average homeowners than ever. In today’s energy market, rooftop solar often pays back its initial price in just a few years.

THE SERVICE

Going solar happens in steps: consultation, design, permitting, installation, inspection, and energization. Each step involves its own process. When you go solar with Blue Raven, our team works hard to keep the whole experience trouble-free.   

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How Solar Energy Works to Power Your Home Life

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1. SUNLIGHT AND SOLAR PANELS

When photons from sunlight hit the negative-charged top layer of solar panels, electrons get knocked loose. Those free electrons are drawn into an electric field between the negative top layer and the positive-charged semiconducting silicon of a photovoltaic cell, creating a flow of Direct Current (DC) electricity.

2. POWER INVERTERS

Since AC power is the standard for household appliances, the DC current from solar panels needs to get converted before getting added to a home’s power supply. So a power inverter gets wired in to make that conversion and create a gateway between a solar array and a home’s main electrical panel.

3. ELECTRICAL PANELS

To add solar energy converted to AC current to a home’s power supply, the main electrical panel gets some new wiring and circuit breakers. With the new solar power supply wired in, the electrical panel distributes the power to the other circuits throughout the home.    

4. YOUR POWER METER

Rewiring the power meter attached to your home to track electricity flowing both to and from the house provides the easiest solar energy storage resource. It’s a tracking and billing arrangement called ‘net metering’ and it enables utility companies to keep track of the power their customers add into the grid and then fairly credit their account for the power they produce or accurately bill them for the power they withdraw.

5. THE POWER GRID

Solar panels produce the most in the middle of the day when demand for electricity is low. For most homeowners, it makes sense to stay connected to the power grid so they can use it to store surplus solar power in the daytime and draw needed power at nighttime when their solar panels go inactive.

6. MOBILE CONTROLS

Maximizing the convenience and money savings of solar power depends on optimizing a home’s energy efficiency. The power inverters we install come with a mobile app that gives our customers an intuitive control panel right on their phone to check energy production, monitor consumption, and adjust settings from anywhere.

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THE ADVANTAGES OF GOING SOLAR WITH BLUE RAVEN

Top performance. Premium looks. 

Impeccable  Design

Designing a system to meet your daily energy needs and fit the available space is always a custom job. We use the latest satellite imagery and 3D modeling tools to get measurements and create a personalized analysis of your solar energy needs.

Optimum Positioning

Since solar panels should be mounted south-facing, clear of shade-trees, and tilted 45 degrees, our survey team comes to your home to gather information, ensure the best positioning possible, and finalize the design of your custom solar array.

Premium Components

Blue Raven Solar customers deserve the best, so we offer only one level of quality: top-of-the-line. Our solar arrays are built using only high-end black-on-black, monocrystalline silicon solar panels and Enphase microinverters.

Improved Efficiency

Going solar and energy efficiency are two pillars of the same bright idea, which is why every Blue Raven Solar package includes an Ecobee4 smart thermostat and up to 36 high-efficiency LED lightbulbs.

Simplified Process

From first consultation until flipping the switch on a working solar-energy system, we keep the process as simple and hassle-free as possible. Our field service teams handle building permits, inspections, and every stage of the installation process.

Guaranteed Production

To make solar energy as dependable as the morning sun, we include a two-year productivity guarantee. Two years after installation, if our systems produce less than our original estimates, we update them with more panels free of charge.

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GOING SOLAR WITH BLUE RAVEN IS A SIMPLE, FOUR-STEP PROCESS.

Ready to start the process of switching to solar? It only takes four easy steps. Step 1: Contact Form.

1. Contact Form

Tell us a little about yourself. Filling out a simple contact form puts you in the queue for a no-pressure consultation call from Blue Raven Solar customer service reps.

Ready to start the process of switching to solar? It only takes four easy steps. Step 2: Consultation Call.

2. Consultation Call

Spend just a few minutes on the phone to learn about pricing, financing, tax incentives, net metering, and to see if your rooftop is a good candidate for solar energy.

Ready to start the process of switching to solar? It only takes four easy steps. Step 3: Consultation Call.

3. Installation Process

We handle all the legwork including inspections, permits, and every stage of installation from mounting panels to your roof to rewiring your electrical panel and utility meter.

Ready to start the process of switching to solar? It only takes four easy steps. Step 4: Power your life on sunlight.

4. Power Up!

Now you’re cooking with sunlight! Get ready to see your energy efficiency increase while your utility bill decreases. Welcome to the future.

Switching to solar energy will be the best call you make all year.