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What Is Solar Energy?

At the highest level, solar energy is any type of energy that is generated by converting the sun’s rays into electrical or thermal power. It’s the most abundant type of renewable energy on the planet, especially in places like California, which sees more than 280 days of sun per year. In fact, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), California is first in the nation for solar power, generating more than 26% of its electricity from the sun. Much of that power comes from home solar systems.

How Does a Home Solar System Work?

Home solar systems use a process known as photovoltaics (PV) to turn energy from the sun into electricity. Solar panels absorb photons, or light particles, from the sun’s rays, and convert them into electrons, or electric particles. The solar panels then send the electricity through an inverter, which converts the energy from direct current (DC) to alternating current (AC) so it can power your lights, appliances, and cooling and heating systems. From there, it flows through your meter, which measures your usage, and into your home

That’s the most basic explanation, but how your home solar system works also depends on what type you have:

Benefits of Solar Home Energy

There are many reasons homeowners switch to solar: It’s better for the environment, it increases their home’s energy efficiency and value, and it reduces their electric bill. PoweredUp Network solar programs use battery storage systems because they provide even more benefits.

Do I Need Solar Energy Storage?

Yes – a home solar system with battery storage provides more benefits and more cost savings than one with solar panels alone. But many homeowners are deterred by the up-front cost of the battery, which is often the most expensive part of the system. That’s why PoweredUp Network includes our PowerPod 2 smart battery backup system as part of our solar program – making your decision to include energy storage even easier

How Much Does It Cost to Install Solar?

The cost to install a home solar system varies widely by program, type of system, and the location of the home. In its 2022 cost report, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) estimated the market-adjusted national average cost of residential PV-plus-storage systems like those provided by PoweredUp Network at $38,295. However, your total cost also depends on solar programs and incentives in your area. With the right program, you’ll see minimal costs, especially in California. 

Does California Have a Free Solar Program?

While most programs aren’t truly free, California is one of the best states for a home solar system for several reasons. Because there is so much sun, your system should generate a lot of power, saving you more money and reducing the solar payback period, or the amount of time it takes homeowners to recover the cost of their investment.

The Golden State also provides plenty of incentives for homeowners, including tax credits, programs for disadvantaged communities, and the Self-Generation Incentive Program, which provides rebates for solar battery storage systems. There are also local-level solar programs for residents of certain cities. PoweredUp Network is one such program: We partner with communities and organizations to provide complete home energy systems at no up-front cost, no matter your income or credit status. See if you’re eligible today, then request your free estimate below to get started.

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