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It’s estimated that 41 percent of all Americans live within 20 miles of a solar energy installation. Obviously solar energy is being used more readily in the Southern and Western parts of the United States, where the climate is sunnier in general year round. The statistic on solar energy proximity is according to a recent study done by the Solar Energies Industries Association (SEIA), who produce an annual report each year documenting the advances in solar energy. They also chart their predictions for the future in this important area of technology. They project great thing for the upcoming year, and even beyond that looking ahead to 2017. Solar technology isn’t dead by a long shot, it’s growing in numbers each year. So if you have been thinking of “going solar” to save money in the long run on your electric bills with this efficient method, here are some things you need to know about the process in you live in the Colorado area.


Call An Expert

Once you decide to explore solar energy you might want to call a company who is an expert in this field. Affordable Renewable Energy (ARE Solar) is a locally owned Colorado business that specializes in Solar Energy Consulting, installation, and maintenance. They are a one stop shop for all your solar needs. So if you own a home, or larger commercial business they can get you on the path to using solar technology no matter what your own solar needs will be.


How Solar Energy Works

The energy of the sun is channeled through solar panels that capture the photons to convert it into solar energy. The panel is made up of silicon cells that are able to turn the charge through conductors that are attracted into an electrical current. Then as they flow through all the attached circuits, it can power your home or business. That’s a simple explanation of a highly complex system, but you get the idea.


We’ll Determine How Many Panels Your Home Needs

This is a formula as well to figure out how many solar panels your home or business will need to run properly. You don’t have to calculate this yourself, but it will give you an idea of what your power needs might be. Evaluate the following:

  • Your Home’s Total Monthly Energy Use
  • The Surface Area of Your Roof
  • Climate Concerns
  • Peak Sunlight Hours
  • The Wattage of Potential Solar Panels
  • Net Metering Availability


All these factors together will help determine the cost of converting your home to solar energy efficiency. ARE Solar will be able to put together a package that you are comfortable with. Installing the panels is the easiest part. Then you will be solar powered and on your way to better energy savings as the years go by. There are also significant tax credits that are provided by the Federal Government when you decide to go solar. Just another one of the many reasons to become part of this growing alternative energy source. The time is right now for this method of green electricity to become part of your life.  Please contact us with your questions.