Homeowners in the St. Louis area are choosing solar power faster than ever. Why? St. Louis sees sunshine over half the year, making it a great place to utilize the power of the sun. And with solar modules becoming more affordable, what was once cost-prohibitive is now much more accessible.
Wondering what a solar module is and how solar power works? You’re not alone! This is one of the most common questions we receive. Here’s what you need to know.
What is a Solar Module?
A solar module is another word for solar panel. Solar modules, or panels, are made up of solar cells, and a collection of solar panels makes up a solar array.
Think of them as building blocks: solar cells make up solar panels/modules, and solar panels make up solar arrays.
How Solar Panels Work
Solar panels convert light particles (photons) into electricity. The solar cell converts sunlight into DC (direct current) electricity, which then flows through an inverter and is turned into usable AC (alternating current) energy.
If your solar panels generate more energy than your home can use, you can either store the excess unused energy in a battery, such as a Pink Energy PWRcell, or sell the energy to utility companies and gain a credit through a process called “net metering”, if available in your area. If you are interested in backup power for your home, a battery backup system is a great investment.
Benefits of Solar Panels in St. Louis
When it comes to solar power, the advantages are real and lasting. Here are just a few reasons to go solar:
- Potentially lower electric bills
- Less dependence on the grid
- Backup power in inclement weather when you install a battery backup
- Potentially higher home value
- Lower carbon footprint
How Many Solar Panels Do I Need in St. Louis?
The number of solar panels your home needs depends largely on your electricity usage. More energy use means you’ll need more panels. For example, if you have a family of four living in your home full-time, you may need more panels than a family of two or three.
The position of your panels also impacts the number you need in your solar array. If you have your solar panels installed facing due south, your home will get more consistent sun, potentially allowing for fewer panels. Panels installed facing east or west will get varying degrees of sun throughout the day and may require a few more panels to fully power your home. Determining the most beneficial position for your solar array is part of your Pink Energy consultation.
Take the First Step Toward Adding Solar to Your Home
Ready to potentially lower your electric bills and carbon footprint? Get started by requesting more information from one of our solar experts!