Solar Overview

Understanding Solar PV

Photovoltaic power is a clean energy solution that has rapidly evolved over the years to it’s present state with higher energy output and reduced material costs. 

Solar Overview

General Process

Once our customer makes a commitment to install solar on their home or business we submit an installation contract. Depending on the type of financing required a credit application is completed by the customer with one of our financing partners for approval. Should the project be paid with cash this streamlines the process. 

Bliss Solar begins design and engineering for the project and submits the plans to the local Building Department for required permits. 

Our team simultaneously applies for utility interconnection and net meter installation. Upon permit receipt and interconnection application approval Bliss Solar orders materials and schedules an installation date with the homeowner.

After installation is complete, Bliss Solar files for post install electrical and building inspections.  Once these are approved, Bliss Solar commissions the interconnection project with local utility company. Upon successful commissioning our team makes sure system is fully functioning and sets up the monitoring service for customer.

Design & Installation

The design process begins with a preliminary layout based on HD satellite imagery in correlation with software like Aurora or Helioscope.  Our team conducts a site survey to obtain necessary measurements and drone media to document existing obstructions, structural and electrical framework of the property. 

Utility Verses Solar

Electric utility companies are investor owned entities with a mandate to maximize profits in the present and increase revenue potential in the future.  The majority of power procured by the utility is from coal, oil, or natural gas sources which are finite and with increasing demand from society experience volatile and perpetual price increases.  Solar photovoltaic power is an abundant energy source from sunlight with long term power producing capability.

Installing solar on a home provides energy cost stability and predictability and provides long term independence from external energy market price volatility. Over a 30-year period customers can save $50,000 to $80,000 based on their geographic location and square footage. 

Solar PV Panels

Solar panels function by absorbing the sun’s power with photovoltaic cells, producing direct current (DC) energy, which converts into usable alternating current (AC) energy with the aid of an inverter. The AC power releases through the electrical panel and is distributed to the solar PV equipment.

There are a few dynamics that effect solar panels and should be considered when making a purchase:

  • Shading – Solar panels are only effective when absorbing direct sunlight. In order to take advantage of the substantial benefits your roof must have an unobstructed exposure to the sun. This simply means little to surrounding trees or other buildings to create shading resulting in or eliminating the production of energy.

  • Seasonality – Weather is a great influence in the generation of solar production. By example, the month of July has more heat than the month of January. It’s also known scientifically that snow can help mirror the sun’s light creating better photovoltaic performance. Even more interesting, cold weather is conducive to the operation of solar panels because the material functions more effectively.

  • Direction and Tilt – Solar panels act differently when they are tilted toward the sun. The azimuth of your roof is likened to a compass where a southern facing direction will most definitely be your best situation. Panel placement and position will determine the most promising outcome.     

We suggest visiting the following link for a great introduction to solar panels by the government office of energy efficiency and renewable energy. 

Battery Storage - How it works

Solar batteries are used to store energy produced from your solar panels to be used at a later period of time. The system monitors the sun’s production to properly balance the necessary output during peak hours or when you need it most.

This means the system is charging your batteries during the day while the sun is out and storing excess solar production in the batteries. The energy is then released when required to power your electricity needs in the evening or in the event of an outage.

Bliss Battery Backup Example

Tools of the Trade

Drone Technology
Aurora Software
Custom Designs
Helioscope Software
Car Charging Units
Drone Technology
Aurora & Helioscope
GPS
Maps

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