Utah solar power has its very first periodic table of elements, courtesy of Go Solar Group.
Why? Well, we’re pretty charged up about solar power in the state of Utah, and want to share with others what’s needed to make residential solar as beneficial as possible for Utah homeowners.
So, in the name of all that is charged through the periodic table, we bestow to you the very first periodic table of Utah solar panel elements.
Solar Panel Factors
Temperature Coefficient of the Solar Panels (Tc)
Temperature coefficient of the maximum output power max (Tc): Is temperature coefficient considered in solar panels’ output predictions at point of assessment?+1
Power Optimizers (Po)
Power Optimizers (Po) = Is DC electricity optimized before sending it to the inverter?+1
Material Absorption (Ma)
Material absorption (Ma): is enough energy being generated to efficiently knock electrons from their weak bonds and create an electric current through the panels?+2
Is the solar panels’ manufacturing process reducing large material losses of the wafer’s silica substrate semiconductor material?+2
N-type semiconductor (Nt)
Are the negative bases of the solar cells efficiently engaging with the positive top of the conduction process?+1
P-type semiconductor (Pt)
Is the positive semiconductor of the panels effectively attracting the negatively charged electrons?+1
Is your Utah solar company relying on outdated/inefficient solar panels?-2
Is your Utah solar company using high-quality panels in manufacturing and design?+2
Will the solar panels needed fit your Utah home with a light-absorbing southward-facing pitch?+1
Front contact (Fc)
Are the line resistances on the front contact (a sheet of metal enhancing solar panel circuitry of P and N-type semiconductors) reduced?+1
European Manufacturing Location (Em)
Are your Utah solar panels German-engineered?+1
Asian Manufacturing (Am)
Is your Utah solar company relying on Asian-imported solar cells?-1
Non Solar-panel Factors
As a system of interwoven complexity, residential solar modules in the state of Utah hinge on many elements that occur or co-occur away from the solar panels themselves. Keep reading to see which of these elements matters most in ensuring a successful residential solar install.
Balance of System (Sb)
Is everything other than the solar panels ‘balanced’ and installed correctly?+2
Mounting system & railing (Ms)
Is the railing and mounting simple, solid, and secure?+1
Solar charge controller (Sc)
Is charging of deep cycle batteries optimized to keep electrical currents from percolating through the panels without sunlight?+1
Is the microinverter mounted directly behind each panel to turn DC electricity from each solar panel into translatable AC?+0
String inverter (Si)
Is the string inverter properly installed and unobstructed atop the roof of your Utah home (if you have one)?+1
Battery Backup (B)
Are you using battery backup to maximize your return on solar investment given declined Utah net metering returns?+2
Is the inverter custom selected and tailored for your home?+1
Are AC and DC disconnects readily accessible when needed?+1
Are extra conduits used for an install requiring extra durability and mechanical strength?+1
Flexible conduit (Fc)
Has your Utah solar installer used a flexible conduit for serpentine wire routes and or areas at high risk of vibrations that could disrupt solar panels’ electrical current?+1
Combiner box (Cb)
Is the output of several solar strings brought together in synchronicity through the combiner box?+2
Has your Utah solar installer utilized the right azimuth angle, which can increase panel efficiency by as much as 35%?+1
Net meter (Nm)
Is the net meter, which measures how much power you don’t use and push back to the grid, properly-sized based on your system’s wattage?+1
Bridging the Panels and Solar Power
Power Efficiency (Pe)
Has your Utah solar company stated your chosen system will generate clean solar energy for 35-40 years?+2
Production Warranty (Pw)
Has your Utah solar installer warrantied your system’s production to be at least 90% efficient 10 years after installation and 80% efficient 25 years after installation?+2
Service Warranty (Sw)
Does your Utah solar company offer a 10-year service warranty as part of its free solar quote?+1
Warranty Length (Wl)
Are your system’s service and production warranties longer than or equal to competitors’ offers?+2
Software monitoring (Sm)
Has your Utah solar installer explained the web connectivity light and its monitoring purposes?+1
6. Charge controller (Cc)
Is the charge controller (the bridge between the solar panels and the batteries of the system), efficiently transducing the electrical current?+1
This periodic table of solar panel elements clarifies the benefits of rooftop solar for homeowners in sustainable energy’s age of confusion.
An in-depth Explanation of the Solar Comparison Table
In a complex industry like residential rooftop solar, consumers need companies authoritative enough to make an entire periodic table of elements about the product they sell.
That’s exactly what Go Solar Group, a Utah and Reno-based solar company, has done with its periodic table of solar panel elements. Much like an actual periodic table of elements, each solar item has a charge and charge count, positive charges indicating the item’s presence is good for residential solar and negative charges indicating an item’s presence is a downfall.
Homeowners who are considering going solar should know this periodic table can function as a checklist of things worth discussing with their solar installer of choice, or as a tool to vet several different installers when trying to select the best one. Therefore, this periodic table of solar panel elements doubles as an effective checklist of items and questions to run by solar installers.
If the installation expert at the companies you’re vetting can answer questions about each of these items, you can trust they are working for a reputable company that will not just install the solar modules correctly and give you the best available deal, but also provide ample customer service after the installation.
This periodic table also helps homeowners examine parts of their residential solar system of which they’d likely be unaware otherwise. Contrary to popular belief, much more goes into making solar panels work effectively than the solar panels themselves. That’s why this table divides solar into three categories, helping homeowners understand the tripartite functions of residential rooftop solar: off-the-panel factors, on-the-panel factors, and system components that bridge these two elements.
The periodic table also clears up two major misconceptions that have baffled rooftop solar prospects for nearly a decade, bringing them closer to the real benefits of rooftop solar for their homes.
Many American solar companies have relied on solar cell imports from China, and many of these imported panels contain polycrystalline solar cells. Although these panels are slightly cheaper than their Mono-crystalline counterparts, they are far less efficient, and actually diminish the return on savings homeowners can save with solar. Opting in to polycrystalline solar panels will save homeowners money up-front, but it will diminish solar’s return on investment over time, as the panels are less efficient. Choosing a solar vendor who either manufactures or imports Mono-crystalline panels will be key for homeowners moving forward.
The table also clarifies one of the most misunderstood aspects of rooftop solar: how it actually saves consumers money.
Energy independence has several paths, but each begins with net metering: the method by which utility companies pay rooftop solar users for the energy they don’t use and send back to the grid for others to use. Although net metering rate returns have changed, they are still close to the 1:1 credit, making solar one of the easiest, effort-free ways to save money.