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What are the Environmental Benefits of Solar Panels?

One of the main reasons that people want to look at installing solar panels is to save money. However, for others, a big reason is that they believe it will have a positive impact on the environment, and the future generations of the planet.

It is true that solar panels have both financial and environmental benefits, and here are some significant ways that solar panels are having a positive impact on the environment.

Fossil Fuels still create most of our electricity supply

Did you know that approximately over 60 percent of the electricity generated in the United States comes from fossil fuels?

When burned, these traditional energy sources are used to produce electricity. However, they simultaneously produce substantial amounts of greenhouse gasses. These are gasses that get released into the atmosphere and trap heat within the earth’s atmosphere. The most prominent of these gasses is carbon dioxide.

As well as this, the way that fossil fuels are extracted from the earth can be devastating for the local environment. Practices such as strip mining, drilling, and fracking all have negative impacts on the local environment. For example:

  • Strip mining leaves ecosystems more vulnerable to catastrophic flooding.
  • Drilling can unearth toxic minerals and also contaminate fresh groundwater.
  • Fracking for natural gas releases toxic chemicals and minerals into the surrounding area and can cause seismic events.

In addition to these extraction processes, searching for oil can have its own negative effects. Seismic techniques for searching for oil under the ocean floor can do serious harm to fish and marine life, not to mention when there are oil leaks, such as the Gulf Oil Spill in 2010.

In contrast, the benefits of solar panels do the reverse to the environment. They provide clean, efficient energy, using a resource that is not reducing the resources of the planet.

Here are three significant environmental benefits of solar panels:

Solar panel technology reduces air pollution

Generating electricity with solar panels produces no greenhouse gasses. The current solar capacity currently installed across the United States offsets as much as 16.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide each year. This is a massive step towards mitigating the human impact of climate change.

Solar energy reduces water pollution

Most power plants today need a significant amount of water to produce steam to spin turbines and cool down the system afterward. The amount of water used in the process makes up almost half of all freshwater withdrawals in the United States, which adds up to billions of gallons every day.

This is one of the biggest, yet least talked about the environmental benefits of solar panels. Solar photovoltaic cells don’t need water to generate electricity. Solar energy creates no pollution of local water sources and does not strain domestic supplies through the competition with agriculture, drinking systems, and other vital water needs of each community.

Solar technology reduces the need for finite resources

The sun is the world’s most abundant energy source, creating an incredible 173,000 terawatts of solar energy every second. To put that into perspective, that is more than 10,000 times the world’s total combined energy use! Best of all, this resource is renewable, meaning it doesn’t deplete after one use.

In contrast, all fossil fuels are non-renewable, meaning once they are used, they can’t be reused a second time. While fossil fuels seem in abundance today, it’s a fact that they will deplete and eventually run out.

The financial and environmental cost of finding and extracting fossil fuels is proving very expensive. Solar energy is the opposite, the more we use it, the less it costs us. It actually begins to reward us for using it over time, through healing the environment and lowering energy costs.

If you are looking to work with the best solar company in San Diego, look no further than G C Electric Solar. We are a San Diego Solar Panel installer with years of experience. We employ experienced engineers to perform our solar installations, to ensure that your system will be installed according to the highest quality of workmanship available in the industry. We custom design each project based on your needs and pay close attention to all details. Call us today to learn more about our Solar panel systems and how we can help you.

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First LG CHEM Battery Backup System in the U.S.

On July 2017, G C Electric Solar has installed the first LG Chem fully automated battery back up system for Fisk the residences in Tierra Santa.G C Electric Solar is a certified LG CHEM battery back up system (Energy Storage) installer and has been installing LG CHEM battery backup systems in San Diego since. The first battery backup system was shipped to the job site directly from New York.
LG CHEM Battery Backup System

G C Electric Solar is a solar panel contractor in San Diego. We use our experience in helping to solve the energy crisis that many are experiencing. Our experienced engineers and solar panel installers to ensure that your system will be installed according to the highest quality of workmanship available in the industry. We custom design each project based on your needs and pay close attention to all details. 
Call us today to learn more about our Solar panel systems and how we can help you.

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Five Questions to ask before installing Solar Panels

Solar panels can be an excellent way to save money, and contribute to the clean energy movement. They are a new technology that requires a professional installation. For this reason, you want to be sure to have all your questions answered before you decide.

To help you, here are five important questions most of our customer ask us before they install solar panels.

What solar panel system size will give me the best return?

Sizing a solar panel system is a lot more complicated than looking at your bill and figuring out what will generate enough electricity to cover your usage.

The solar panel installer needs to understand 
when you use electricity in your home, not just how much you use.

An estimate can also decide how much you will export, and how much you will import. This will help to make a good estimate of your savings.

Why have you chosen your panel supplier?

Most solar installers will have a preference for a particular supplier or group of suppliers.  They may have an affiliation with a product manufacturer or supplier (or several).

The longer a solar panel installer has worked with one supplier, the better their knowledge of how the products will perform over time. They will also have a better their understanding of how the manufacturer and supplier respond to any warranty claims.

In the solar panel industry, it is a challenge to balance between quality and price while also remaining competitive. Solar companies that are constantly changing their supplier may not be the best fit for your needs.

How long is the product warranty on the solar panels?

The majority of solar panels on the market will feature a 25-year warranty (sometimes known as a performance guarantee). In most cases, this offers you a guaranteed electrical production for 10 years at 90% of rated power output and 25 years at 80%.

Be aware that some solar installers could claim that you need to get your system regularly (usually every two years) serviced by their company in order for your warranty to still be valid. It is important to read the fine print in the guarantee before signing.

How much will you pay up-front for solar panels?

There are all sorts of different solar panel offers available today, and the payment structure will usually vary.

In some instances, you may purchase your system outright, paying the full cost up-front. There are also both loan and lease or Power Purchase Agreements (PPA) options where you can pay $0 down and have your system installed.

There are also ‘in-between’ options that allow you to pay a partial amount up-front, and save money later on.

Generally speaking, the more you pay up-front, the more you will save in the long run, and purchasing your system outright will usually save you the most money.

Can you show me what affects the system will have on my bill?

This metric will depends on many factors, including your hours of use and what kind of payment plan you have set up.

Typically your installer should have some date to share about what costs are to be expected.  

At G C Electric Solar, we use our experience in helping to solve the energy crisis that many are experiencing. We employ experienced engineers and solar installers to ensure that your system will be installed according to the highest quality of workmanship available in the industry. We custom design each project based on your needs and pay close attention to all details.  Call us today to learn more about our Solar panel systems and how we can help you.


Escondido Sunport Project!

This Week G C Electric Solar Started construction on the only Parking Sunport in Escondido historical district.

This Custom made one of the kind structure will improve visibility and create shade for Vitally motors of Escondido and will also save the dealership thousands of dollars per month..

Project set to complete on November of 2015.

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Dream Home Rancho Santa Fe…

G C Electric Solar completed state of the art solar installation for one of the most award winning homes in USA and one of the most expensive homes in California in Rancho Santa Fe, CA.

Project recently received Permission to Operate from SDGE.

This ground mount solar system is in the top 5 biggest ground mount installations in San Diego, CA and one of the top 20 biggest installations in CA. .

Due to the privacy of the owners, more information regarding this project cannot be disclosed.