all of the energy that drives the
earth and our civilization
comes from the SUN.
Plants use the suns
energy to create
chemical energy through
photosynthesis, the energy is stored as hydrocarbons. Since the dawn of
modern man we have burned this energy is the form of wood and more
recently as fossil fuels to comfort and enhance the quality of our
Much research has been done to advance our use of solar energy. Below
are the main ways we can harness the energy of the sun to power our
lives and businesses.
materials that have a photoelectric
effect to convert the suns rays into direct current. In most cases the
direct current is converted into alternating current (AC) with an
inverter to power our homes and businesses.
energy can be collected with
troughs, flat plat collectors, and evacuated tubes to provide heating,
cooling, and power generation.
, skylights and
light tubes can provide
passive indoor lighting without the cost of electricity.
Passive Solar Design
architecture of your building
the natural cycle and movement of the suns path to heat and cool the
building reducing environmental control cost.
There are many
innovations approaching marketability including the use
of sterling engines, photochemical processes to store energy,
concentrating technologies that will help usher in a new era of
sustainability and security. Our mission is to bring these technologies
to market to reduce our dependence on polluting non-sustainable
See your solar resources below
For additional information see these
National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Solar Energy Industries Association
GRID TIE SYSTEMS & NETMETERING
The enactment of Net Metering in
California, which requires the utility
companies to credit you the full retail rate for power you produce from
your solar array, has made solar power a much simpler and more
affordable solution by eliminating the need for batteries.
grid tied system typically works, using the grid like a battery.