Do Solar Panels Work in the Winter?

When people hear the words “solar panels,” they tend to think of hot, sunny days at the peak of summer. But what happens to those energy-grabbing panels during colder months? Can they still power your home when it’s raining or snowing outside? Yes! Here’s a rundown of how winter weather can impact your solar panels and ways A.M. Sun Solar …

Battery Basics for Energy Storage Systems

There are many benefits of installing an energy storage system along with your solar system. An energy storage system allows you to store excess energy for use when your panels aren’t producing, you don’t want to pay for peak grid usage hours, or as a safeguard in case of a power outage.  When deciding whether or not to install an …

Microinverters and String Inverters: What’s the Difference?

Solar panels are made of several different components, one of the most important and complex being the inverter. Solar inverters are responsible for converting the direct current (DC) energy harvested from sunlight into alternating current (AC) so that this electricity can be used by appliances and devices in your home.  As solar technology continues to evolve, so too has inverter …

How to Store Solar Energy

An important thing to consider before installing solar is how you will store your solar energy.  Solar panels provide tons of benefits, such as reducing or eliminating energy bills and providing a clean source of energy. However, it’s worth noting that your solar panels only work during daylight hours when sunlight is available and harvested to create energy to power …

How Big Are Solar Panels?

Solar panels tend to come in a standard size. However,here is no one-size-fits-all answer to determining how many you’ll need to meet your energy requirements and ensure your system is properly installed and efficiently working.  Typical residential solar panel dimensions are about 65 inches long by 39 inches wide. The efficiency and output of each panel play a huge role …

How many solar panels do I need to offset my PG&E bill?

This blog has been updated to include important information about some proposed changes to regulations for home stems. One of the primary reasons people install solar panels is to save money. More specifically, people are looking to off-set their monthly PG&E bill. However, a new Net Energy Metering policy (NEM 3.0) could significantly increase the overall cost of installing solar …