Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels convert the sun’s energy to electricity utilizing no moving parts. They have been around for more than a half century and many of the early panels are still producing power. Most PV panels on the market today have a 20-25 year warranty and an expected life of 50 years.
There are many different types of solar photovoltaic PV panels available on the market. Some are built for lowest production cost, others are built for longest life, while still others are built to have the highest production density per square foot. There is an entire line of transparent PV panels that are designed to be aesthetically pleasing from the front or back. There are even PV panels that replace your roof shingles. There are benefits and drawbacks to each, and depending on the unique scenario of your application one may be a better choice than the other. That is why we are here, to help you get the right panel for the right price.
Pennsylvania Renewables will also outline the rebates and incentives that are available to you. In many cases, these incentives can drive the pay-back period for the entire system to less than 5 years. Our services include filling out all of the paperwork required to take advantage of these incentives. See Our Installations
Thermal Solar panels fall under two categories, Hot-water production and hot-air production. The hot-water panels can help to provide heating to a home that’s heating already comes from a water-based heating system. Hot-water systems can also store hot water in insulated tanks to use for heating or domestic use at night. The hot-air systems can be used in any type of home but compliment a forced air heating system. The hot-air production only occurs when sunlight is shining on the panels so there is no storage of heat energy in tanks. These systems are complicated, but no need to worry we have you covered. We can design and install one of these systems or a hybrid of these systems to fit your needs.
Wind turbines are one of the oldest and well-known forms of renewable energy power production. There are two types of turbines, pumping turbines and electric turbines. The pumping turbines turn spinning motion into up and down motion to operate water pumps at the base of the tower. Electric production turbines have a generator attached to the drive-shaft of the blades and turn spinning motion into AC or DC current. The energy produced can be used to charge batteries, or fed back onto the grid which will result in your meter spinning backwards whenever your demand is lower than production. Turbines require special placement and do not work everywhere, but we can help determine if your location is suitable for a wind turbine.
Geo-thermal systems are the most efficient way to heat and cool your home. They typically save you more than 50% of your current power bill, no matter how efficient your current HVAC system is. While most HVAC systems such as gas, propane, electric, or oil claim to be nearly 100% efficient, Geo-thermal systems are more than 400% efficient! How can that be? Simply because they don’t need to create heat, they simply “pump” heat from one place to another. Transferring the heat to or from your home takes only 25% of the energy as it does to create the same amount of heat using oil, gas, or electric.
Geo-Thermal heat pumps are similar to regular heat pumps, but instead of using the outside air to extract heat, they use the relatively stable 55 degree temperature of the ground as their heat source. While regular heat pumps can also be 400% efficient when heating your home when the outside air is 55 degrees, the problem is that as the outside temperature goes down, it becomes harder and harder for a regular heat pump to extract energy from the air. By the time the outside air gets to freezing temperatures, the heat pump has lost all of its efficiency advantages and a back-up heat source is required.
Geo-Thermal systems don’t lose efficiency since unlike the outside air, the earth’s temperature a few feet below the surface doesn’t vary from 55 degrees year-round. Even during the coldest winter days, the geothermal heat pump continues to blow warm air into your home at 400% efficiencies.
In addition to heating air, geothermal systems can also heat your regular hot water as well as hot water for hydroponic (in floor) heating. In the summer, they provide phenomenally efficient air conditioning to keep your home comfortable year round.
Although more expensive than other type of systems the combination of utility savings and unique incentives available only for geothermal systems can make for a very favorable pay-back period and high ROI (Return on Investment).
Battery Back-up systems are incredibly convenient and provide an added level of comfort and safety for the homeowner. They are like an “instant-on” generator that continues to power your home if the power goes out. Most Solar PV systems are “grid tied”, meaning that when there is a power outage, the system is required to shut down. This is because the system can’t distinguish between a power outage and the utility company shutting the power down to do maintenance. A grid-tied-battery-back-up system also disconnects from the grid during a power outage, however, a second output from the system powers your emergency circuits such as a well pump, sump pump, refrigerator, freezer, garage door opener, security system, necessary lighting, TV, alarm clocks, etc. If the power outage occurs during the day, the system directly converts the sun’s energy to the AC power used in your home. At night, the system takes energy from a battery bank. If you never want to worry about a power outage again, ask us to include back-up with your PV system.
While regular light bulbs waste 95% of the energy they use to make heat and only about 5% to make light, LED’s are 90% efficient. If light bulbs were cars, a incandescent light bulb car having a 30 MPG rating would have a rating of 60 MPG as a CFL (compact fluorescent) light bulb and an incredible 180 MPG rating as an LED! Although you can’t get a 180 MPG car, Pennsylvania Renewables can provide you the light-equivalent of that – LED light bulbs. Since lighting your home or business typically consumes 25-30% of your energy usage, switching to LED’s can save you 20-25% of your current energy bill. Today’s LED’s are nothing like LED’s from even a couple of years ago. They produce natural color: a soft white light that is also dimmable. They also last up to 50,000 hours – so forget about changing light bulbs.
LED’s, combined with home automation systems that automatically set scenes, dim, or turn on/off your lights or thermostats can save you even more. Ask Pennsylvania Renewables how we can add to your home’s value, comfort, and safety, while significantly reducing your power bills
Do you want to lower the energy usage of a home you want to build with little or no cost? It could be as simple as orienting your home in the right place and installing more windows on the south side, while decreasing some windows on the north side. The sun provides nearly 1000 watts of free energy for each square yard of surface area it shines on during the day. Not letting that energy into your home in the winter is a waste of what nature gives you for free. Imagine how warm you would be if your 12 x 12 ft bedroom had 16-1000 watt blow driers running simultaneously! That’s how much energy the sun is waiting to give you, should you decide not to lock it out.
Passive Solar Design simply takes into account the sun’s position year round. Let the sun in during the winter and keep it out during the summer is the basic design principal of “passive solar” that seems to be lost on most new home designs. Once the sun is let in, making sure you can store some of it is also important.
We can work with your architect or builder to take full advantage of the natural and free energy the sun gives us. Not only will you be more comfortable in your home, you will also save significantly on your power bills.
We design and supply systems for: Wind Turbines, Solar Panels, and Battery Back-Up Systems.
Our systems come with a 1 year warranty on installation, as well as the full manufacturers warranty on all parts.
Our in house engineers can design the most cost effective, efficient, and eco-friendly solution for your needs.
Systems are available for residential and commercial use including electric and thermal production.
Wonder how a system may look on your site? Our engineers can provide a photo rendering of what a fully installed system might look like.
Our team can help determine the optimal location for your renewable energy system.
We not only help you choose a system, design it, and supply it at a reasonable price, we provide maintenance contracts on existing systems as well as supplied systems.