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Important Solar Energy Contractor Terms

Solar energy is energy provided by the sun. This renewable energy source converts radiant energy from the sun into electricity. In order to take advantage of solar energy, home owners will hire contractors who specialize in this field. Solar power contractors will install panels onto a home. The panels are made up of numerous solar cells. These cells will convert the sunlight into electricity.

  • Cell - A cell is a single unit that is capable of converting chemical energy into electrical power. A battery is made up of several cells connected together to produce high voltage levels.
  • Peak Sun Hours - The peak sun hours are the number of hours per day where the solar irradiance reaches one thousand watts per square meter.
  • Photoelectric Cell - A photoelectric cell is a device that is designed to measure light intensity. This device converts light to electricity and then measures it.
  • Photoelectrochemical Cell — A photoelectrochemical cell is a device where the electricity in the cell produces a chemical, like hydrogen, which is then withdrawn and used.
  • Photovoltaic - Photovoltaic is the direct conversion of light to create electricity. The process involves special panels that collect the lights energy to be converted.
  • Hybrid System - A hybrid system is a photovoltaic system that combines other sources of electricity generation. For example, solar panels will work together with wind turbines and generators. In addition to solar, wind is also a renewable resource.
  • Battery Life — Battery life is the period of time a cell will operate at a high level before it needs to be replaced or charged.
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    Vista Solar
    2985 Kifer Rd., Santa Clara, CA 95051
    Vista Solar Inc., is a California based renewable energy systems integrator. Started in the year 2007, Vista Solar has become an award winning solar energy designing and installation company.
    (408) 844-7149
    Renewable Power Solutions Inc.
    2029 Otoole Ave, San Jose, CA 95131
    We provide the best solar electric solution for the future. Renewable energy such as solar electric power helps you become independent of the grid. Established in 1998.
    (408) 998-7400
    Keen For Green
    111 N. Market Street, Suite 30, San Jose, CA 95113
    We guide you step-by-step to find the energy professional or solar company in San Jose that best (and affordably!) suits your needs. So contact our solar energy contractors today!
    (408) 412-3300
    Solar Kit Solutions
    12333 Saratoga Sunnyvale Rd., Suite G, Saratoga, CA 95070
    Complete solar panel kits and the best household solar panels. Best pricing for your solar panels and turn key solar panel installation kits.
    (408) 253-4000
    Optony Inc
    2855 Kifer Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95051
    (408) 567-9216
    Solmentum Santa Clara
    4699 Old Ironsides Dr Ste 180, Santa Clara, CA 95054
    (408) 980-9211
    Clean Solar
    1445 Koll Cir, San Jose, CA 95112
    (408) 216-9578
    Solaropoly Inc
    3350 Scott Blvd, Santa Clara, CA 95054
    (408) 426-4911
    Clean Solar
    100 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95113
    (408) 790-2033
    Trina Solar
    100 Century Center Ct Ste 340, San Jose, CA 95112
    (408) 459-6700
    Isolar
    2150 Trade Zone Blvd Ste 106, San Jose, CA 95131
    (408) 777-0280
    Mrl Industries
    1715 Dell Ave, Campbell, CA 95008
    (408) 866-6503
    Provoltz Inc
    583 Division St, Campbell, CA 95008
    (408) 796-4450
    Provoltz Inc
    583 Division St, Campbell, CA 95008
    (408) 796-4451
    Integrated Photovoltaics
    51 Daggett Dr, San Jose, CA 95134
    (408) 434-6655


    Solar energy is becoming an increasingly popular source of alternative electricity, as apposed to other energy sources like oil that are limited and cause pollution. However, with the rise in the popularity of solar energy, there is rise in the need for solar energy contractors. Such contractors are contacted when a home or business owner wishes to convert their home and use renewable energy rather than traditional forms. When you contact the contractor, look into the equipment that you will need to install in your home, as this can be a costly endeavor. Find out all you can about photovoltaic panels and cells that you must install on the roof of your building. If you do not live in a sunny area, you might not get that much power by only running a renewable energy source. Inquire about perhaps running a dual power system, where you have the solar modules installed, but also have a back up heating and cooling system that is not run on natural electricity. It is important to talk to a few different contractors to fully understand the service that you are committing to. Find one that can accurately judge the amount of sunlight your panels can pick up for green energy, and will tell you all about using an inverter. Also, check the warranty for both your equipment and contractor, as basic maintenance and repair can be costly. While it is important to help the environment, you will want to find a company that will help you do it at the most affordable rate possible.
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