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It’s no secret that residents across the United States have been dealing with outrageous record rate increases for years now. 2023 has brought even more massive rate increases. SAN DIEGO: San Diego Gas & Electric said customers can expect their energy bill to more than double this month. (source: fox5sandiego.com) LOS ANGELES: One Santa Monica household’s notice, reviewed by The Los Angeles Times, showed the customer’s old rate was $1,030 per year. The new rate? Also $1,030 per year, the letter said. But then a second letter from Edison arrived in the mail at the end of July. The new rate, the customer was told, would actually be $1,723 per year — a 67% increase that works out to nearly $60 a month. The first mailing had showed “an inaccurate rate analysis,” the new letter explained. (source: latimes.com) SACRAMENTO: Pacific Gas and Electric is proposing a 22 percent rate hike from 2023 to 2026. (source: cbsnews.com) BAY AREA: Over the last three years, PG&E monthly bills for combined services have risen about 39%, or an average of 13% a year. (source: siliconvalley.com) ORANGE COUNTY: That’s why electricity costs in the Inland Empire are up 15.5% over 12 months — and sadly that’s the second-best report in a year with a 24% peak. And that followed last year’s 17.5% jump. L.A.-O.C. power is up by only 10.4% — off the year’s 19.7% high and last year’s 12.5% increase. This is no regional outlier. U.S. consumers’ electricity costs are up 15.8% — more than triple last year’s 4.3% rise. (source: ocregister.com) • The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) is considering whether to allow Pacific Gas & Electric to increase utility rates by 18% in 2023, in addition to the 9% rate increase that was already implemented in 2022. (source: cpuc.ca.gov) APS gave regulators a few options. If they want to eliminate the balance due for fuel, they can raise bills an average of $19 a month for residential customers for a year. That hit would total about $29 a month for customers on a demand rate plan. (source: azcentral.com) • In Arizona, the Arizona Public Service (APS) has requested a rate hike of about 13.6% by December 2023. (source: azcentral.com) “I am worried people are going to be shocked,” said John Ballenger, vice president at Texas retail electric provider Champion Energy. “Realizing this is 50 or 60 or 70% higher than what they had paid before; I’m just not sure it’s real to people yet. If it’s not, it will be very, very soon when the bills hit this summer.” (source: texastribune.com) • In Texas, homeowners also saw a massive surge to their electricity, with an increase over 50% to their rates at home in mid 2022. (source: texastribune.org) Because of a merger with the former Gulf Power, FPL has two sets of rates. Its petition said customers who use 1,000 kilowatt-hours a month in areas traditionally served by FPL would pay $130.23 in 2023, up from $120.67 this year. In the Northwest Florida areas formerly served by Gulf Power, customers would pay $160.43 in 2023, up from $155.61 in 2022. (source: cbsnews.com) • In Florida, TECO (Tampa Electric Co) announced that the typical residential customer’s monthly energy bill will increase by about 11 percent in 2023. (source: tampaelectric.com) With record rate increases, there aren’t many options to avoid the strain on homeowners’ wallets this year. One solution that is becoming increasingly popular and more affordable is getting a solar installation. Purchasing solar panels is a huge investment, but it will help you save on energy bills with solar. In case you’re not familiar with how solar energy works, it’s a form of renewable energy that is generated by capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into electricity. Solar panels, are made up of photovoltaic cells, are installed on rooftops or other areas to capture the sun’s energy. This energy is then converted into electricity, which can be used to power your home or business. That means, by getting a solar panel installation, you can start to offset or even eliminate your high electricity bills. Residents can also choose to get battery storage backups to bank additional energy from their solar panels. By gathering electricity produced from solar panels and storing it with a battery storage system, people all over the country can power their homes without sunlight and stay prepared for power outages, grid failures, and future rate hikes. Once you decide to install a solar energy system, what does the process look like? Different States and Counties have different requirements, however, it typically looks a lot like this:   SITE ASSESSMENT: A solar panel installation expert will visit your home to assess the suitability of your site for solar panels. They’ll take into account things like the size of your roof, the orientation of your roof, your electric energy needs, the amount of sunlight that your home receives, etc.   DESIGN AND PLANNING: Once the site assessment is complete, Semper Solaris will work with you to design a solar panel system that meets your needs. This may involve customizing the size and layout of the panels to fit your specific needs.   INSTALLATION: After obtaining the necessary approvals, Semper Solaris will promptly schedule and commence the installation process. This typically involves mounting the panels on your roof or another area of your home, and connecting them to your electrical system.   ACTIVATION: After the installation, your solar panel system will be enabled, enabling you to save on energy bills with solar energy. More questions? Feel free to give us a call or click HERE to schedule your appointment.

  Do you have questions about solar panels? You’re not alone! Even though solar has been around for a long time, many people want to know more before they choose if going solar is the right for their property. Getting to know PV panels is smart, so we have put together some of the most commonly asked questions about home solar panels and answered them in one place. From knowing how solar power works to knowing what happens to solar panels in weather, you’ll be smarter than ever about turning the sun into green energy once you’re done with these FAQs. Let’s get started. How Do Solar Panels Work? The short answer is that solar panels (comprised of photovoltaic - PV - cells) absorb and turn sunlight into electricity. The longer answer is that the silicon in PV panels, which is doped with boron to increase its conductivity, knocks electrons free from the sunlight that hits the panels. This creates an electrical current. Your panels convert the sunlight into direct current (DC) energy. How do solar panels work? Read the full article. Since most appliances in your home use alternating current (AC) power,  your solar panels are connected to an inverter. The inverter changes the solar energy from DC to AC. From there, the energy is ready to be sent to your outlets and used in your home. How are Solar Panels Affected by Clouds and Rain? One of the biggest myths about solar power is that it won’t be effective when it’s cloudy. Homeowners who live in areas with a lot of sea fog, for instance, may be worried that getting solar power isn’t worth it. The reality is that solar panels can still capture sunlight even when it’s cloudy outside. In fact, panels can often produce up to 25% of their typical output even when clouds are present. When it’s raining, your solar panels may produce about 10% of their regular output. During weather events, your solar panels can draw upon their storage of saved energy so your home can stay off the grid until the sun comes out again. Read our article Does solar power work at night? Do Solar Panels Overheat? You want your solar panels in direct sunlight. But how much sun is too much sun? Some panels do operate with less efficiency in super hot temperatures. Solar panels are tested for efficiency at 77 degrees Fahrenheit, and they’re most efficient around that temperature. Panels will lose a certain amount of efficiency for every degree above 77 (this is called the temperature coefficient figure). If you’re living in the desert, you may want to select panels with a better temperature coefficient. Thin-film panels, which are started to gain steam, are also known to work quite efficiently in hot temperatures. It’s important to note that your panels will still work when they get hot, they may just take longer to generate the same amount of electricity as they do on cooler days. They will draw on stored energy to make up the difference. Learn how often you should care for your solar panels. How Many Solar Panels Does a Home Need? How many solar panels will you need to make the switch from grid power to self-sustaining solar power? There are a lot of factors that contribute to the answer, including the efficiency of the panels you choose and how much power you use every month. For a home that uses 5kW of power each month, you will require on average about 20 panels. You’ll need 300 square feet of roof space, ideally facing south. How many panels are needed to run a house? Read the full article. Can Solar Panels Be Recycled? If you’re entertaining the thought of going solar you probably care about the environment, and you’re asking yourself how you can recycle the panels when you’re done with them. The good news is that solar panels often last up to 30 years, so you won’t have to change them out often. If you inherit a home with outdated panels and want to upgrade them, however, the rules of recycling may be pertinent to you. The EU has a more organized system for recycling solar panels than the United States, but the US is started to get on board. Many of the components of solar panels, including glass and wiring, can easily be recycled. Groups like SEIA and some individual manufacturers are allowing customers to turn in old panels for repurposing or recycling. Learn how to decrease your carbon footprint. Are Solar Panels Expensive to Maintain? No, solar panels are not expensive to maintain. Regular cleanings represent the majority of your responsibility; depending on where you live and the type of panels you have, you may only need to clean the panels annually. It’s best to consult a professional when you need your panels cleaned and schedule the cleaning for a day that is partly cloudy whenever possible. Aside from cleaning, you won’t need to attend to your panels unless you notice something wrong. Many solar panels have a warranty of 25 years for parts and materials, so you can also count on free replacement components in many cases. Can Hail or Snow Damage My Solar Panels? Solar panels are specifically designed to withstand harsh weather conditions. In fact, they are tested to make sure they can survive through one-inch hail falling at a rate of 50 miles per hour. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) was itself faced with a hail storm, and of the thousands of solar panels on the organization’s campus, only one was broken in the end. When it comes to snow, the main problem is that snow coverage impedes panel efficiency. Many homeowners can simply wait for the snow to melt because the angle at which the panels are installed encourages the melted snow to naturally run downward. You can also hire a professional to come and clear the snow. Read more about the durability of solar panels. How Much Money Will I Save with Solar? The amount of money you save with solar may vary, but if you buy efficient panels and live in Southern California you are apt to save up to $40,000 over the course of your time in your home. You can use Google’s helpful Project Sunroof to estimate how much money solar panels can save you. The tool uses your address and current electric bill to provide you with an estimate. We answer the question we know that you have: Do solar panels really save you money? Can I Take My Solar Panels When I Move? Technically your solar panels are your property and you could take them with you to a new property. But you may not want to consider it when you factor in the increase in your home’s value. In California, a solar panel system that generates about 5kW could improve the worth of a home by tens of thousands. You’re typically better off to leave your solar panels in place, sell your home, and install a different system at your new address. Read more: Does solar really increase the value of your home? What is Net Metering? Many city grids, including SDGE have a program in place to buy your excess energy. Most homes with solar will create more energy than they need, so you may as well be paid for it! Net metering is a system by which homeowners who generate solar energy and remain connected to the grid will send their extra energy to the grid. Your utility company will pay you for this electricity and use it to offset the load for your neighbors. Anything beyond your personal “net” use is used to power your community. Read our full article on net metering. Solar power has the potential to make your household energy independent, reduce your carbon footprint, and help your community. When we reduce our reliance on fossil fuels, we create new jobs and help protect the California landscape we all love so much. Solar energy is also helping local veterans get back to work after they complete their service. More of your questions are answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page.

For any homeowner or business owner interested in saving money and helping to protect the environment, having solar panels installed is a great way to do that. Solar energy is the definition of green energy, which means that it is clean energy that produces next to no pollutants. On top of being the cleanest form of energy in the world, it is also endlessly renewable. The sun is going to keep rising each day, which means that the fuel source for solar panels is never going away. Since solar energy doesn't have to be produced, it also doesn't generate any waste. To summarize, solar energy produces virtually no pollutants and it is endlessly renewable, making it the perfect green energy for anyone interested in protecting the environment. The only time that solar panels produce any waste is during their manufacture and transport to the installation site. After that, it's perfectly clean energy for the life of your solar panels. Solar Panels Help To Reduce Carbon Emissions If you're interested in protecting the environment, you're probably already well aware of the threat that global warmer presents. Global warming is causing the sea levels to rise due to glaciers melting. It's altering the climate, and there's strong evidence that it is making hurricanes more powerful, droughts more severe, and wildfires more damaging. Climate change is a problem that everyone needs to work together to combat, and you can do your part by having solar panels installed on your home or business. How do solar panels help with climate change? To understand how solar panels help with climate change you first have to understand what's causing it. Climate change is being driven by carbon emissions. Everything from coal power plants, to the cars that most people drive. When you have solar panels on your home or business you are reducing your dependence upon external electricity sources. So, if your home would have normally been given power by a coal power plant, using solar panels reduces your carbon footprint by reducing your dependency on that power plant. The Cumulative Effect of More and More Homes and Businesses Going Solar Will Add Up Will you get solar panels on your home or business to make a huge impact when it comes to protecting the environment? No. But it's important that you don't think that way. If everyone decided that their getting solar panels wasn't going to make that big of a difference, then progress would come to a grinding halt. What you should realize is that it's the cumulative effect of many other home or business owners just like you making the decision to go solar that will make a difference. Solar Panels Offers Many Financial Benefits While your primary motivation for embracing solar energy may be about the positive effect it will have on the environment, you should also enjoy some nice financial incentives as well. When you finance solar panels you aren't actually adding anything to your monthly budget, in fact, you may be reducing your monthly budget! While financing solar panels will add a bill to your budget, it will also reduce your electric bill. In most cases, people find that the amount of their bill for their solar panels, combined with their new electric bill is less than what they paid for electricity before. On top of that, once your solar panels are paid for, you'll continue to get solar energy from them. While the amount of power that solar panels generate will decrease eventually, the fact that they will continue to provide you with power long after they have been paid off can be viewed as a major benefit. Do Solar Panels Have Any Negative Effects On The Environment? While solar panels are overwhelmingly good for the environment when compared with other power sources, they do have their downsides. When solar panels are manufactured they are done so in a facility. That facility is taking up space that was probably an empty field with grass and trees at one point. The facility that manufactures solar panels also uses power and water, and during the manufacturing process pollutants may be produced. Currently, solar panels are also transported on vehicles that use fossil fuels as well, so that's another check in the negative box for them. But, once they are installed, they are the greenest energy source on the planet, making their negatives pale in comparison to the positive benefits that they provide.

Many people faced electricity blackouts in California due to dry, hot, and low-humidity winds as well as widespread wildfires. A dozen counties shut their power off since sparks were emerging from aging power lines. It was done to avoid and control quickly-growing fires. Though the power was restored for a day, the residents were warned to prepare for a minimum of 5-7 days outage. This was because of the weather conditions at the time, which could have enhanced the risk of wildfire. Now, we are seeing even more shutoffs in counties such as Los Angeles and Ventura due to the strong winds. This is just one scenario. Blackouts and outages are not planned at times. Even if they are, the residents still have to be prepared to face the abrupt power cut. What should be done? The immediate solution is to have a Battery Backup Power Storage in your residence/building. What is the power required to back-up a battery? For a full charge, battery backup for home use needs 160 Watts in an approximate. Is Battery Backup Power right for you? The California outages were done for safety. However, such a scenario and an unplanned power cut make battery backup power essential and useful to many residents such as people with Sleep Apnea & CPAP Machines. Need for a backup home power system [video width="760" height="692" mp4="https://www.sempersolaris.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/07-2021-SMP-Website-Blog-Images-760x340-35628-2.mp4" loop="true" autoplay="true"][/video] A home power backup is also referred to as energy storage equipment. A backup that can power up your home for emergency filled with sustainable energy is cost-efficient. Whenever a power outage is experienced, the backup equipment will switch to the power supply until the power is back. The battery charges while the power is available. Systems like Tesla Powerwall & Enphase Encharge Battery are very efficient, larger in capacity, cost-efficient, and storage efficient. For example, with Tesla Powerwall, you will not even notice a blackout as when the backup mode is powered, Powerwall will seamlessly switch to this backup mode and stay powered for  7+ continuous days* The factors for having a battery backup power are: Climatic conditions- Extreme weather conditions such as fires, ice, floods, lightning, and wind can impact the electric grid. Accumulation of ice or a lightning strike can damage the power lines. Trees- Trimmed trees do not impact the power lines. However, they do not potentially void all the issues. The branches can sway or fall over the power lines damaging them. Potentially high wind can make the tree stoop over the power lines. If the tree is not trimmed, then they create all the more. Accidents-Construction and Vehicle accidents can harm power poles. This results in the power lines to touch or break each other. Grid overload- The equipment gets overloaded with extreme temperatures. The system is impacted when you are using electrical heating or AC at the same time. Which battery backup is right for you? The answer to this question is relative. Some factors to look for the right backup are: Any battery backup power system being right depends totally on what you need, place, and circumstances are. A reliable backup should be able to provide power backup for major power devices. If your climate is not suitable, you live in a disaster-prone region, or where there are chances of more power cuts then, the battery system should be able to sustain that break time. They should be affordable to you for charging, maintenance, and installation. 3 primary features of a Battery backup power right for you The below three vital features are essential in a backup battery Reliable Battery-The battery backup run using solar energy should keep it charged and shield the device from power issues. The connected power devices like lights, fans, etc., should be compatible with the internal battery supply. How many hours it is able to give you power supply in the case of a power outage depends on the battery size and wattage. The other factors to be considered are battery age, efficiency, and room temperature. The backup should be capable of offering computer data backup and avoiding any kind of data loss. Automatic Voltage Regulation- The battery should be equipped to shield abnormally lower or higher voltages. No damage or malfunction of hardware should occur at these times. This will correct the fluctuations without getting the battery switched on at these times. It will set the percentage by detection to 10-15 percent of the required voltage to switch. Noise and Surge protection-In-built noise filtering and surge suppression from a transient voltage that can be disruptive and destructive EM or RF line noise is abled in the system. Solar Energy Backup Power  The backup power system of this type uses solar panels to store solar energy as power backup. Solar Energy systems are also referred to as a PV array. The energy accumulated through the solar panels is directed to storage within the battery system for home use when needed. Whenever there is a power outage, this storage energy acts as a power supply to operate as per the power specifications enabled. Top advantages of Solar power backup The leading pros of solar energy power backup batteries are that they are eco-friendly. They have no or minimal impact on the environment. This is sustainable energy to reliable provide a power backup to your home or workspace without any harm done. They are able to give you energy security. Solar batteries can curb the issues of weak grid management. They are self-sufficient and give your control of energy as needed while being cost-efficient. They are noise efficient, a quiet solution to power backup. They do not cause noise surges during the night or while charging. They are power efficient. These energy storage solutions result in cutting your energy bills. They are cost-efficient as they use natural, sustainable energy from the sun. The charging is done as per solar energy available and harvested into the panels as the energy back up. Conclusion A home battery backup will always come in handy when there is a power outage. Which one is right for you is based on factors such as climatic conditions, energy efficiency, how frequently the power outages occur, if your location is prone to frequent disasters, and so on. Solar Battery Storage units are eco-friendly and make use of the natural resource as a storage system. They need an initial set up investment, but in the long run, they are cost-efficient. They are able to sustain longer power outages comparatively. They are energy efficient with a good lifespan. They are quieter with noise efficiency. A battery backup power that is reliable, easy to install, smart, sufficient in wattage, and cost-efficient is right for you to combat a power outage. Bonus: If you are a current college student or high school senior about to graduate, don't forget to apply to our Semper Solaris Scholarship for an opportunity at $2000.

Planning to buy a new air conditioner for your home? Read this before making an informed decision! We love when our clients know why we choose and customize each homes air conditioning unit based upon their needs and size of their home. Purchasing an air conditioner unit is a great investment. You need to keep in mind certain factors such as the type of AC unit, your home requirements, comfort level, price, etc. while buying it. If you don't pay attention to these factors, you may end up spending your hard-earned money on the wrong product. That's why it is very important to understand the whole process before making a purchase. To help you with it, we are sharing 7 questions you should ask yourself when buying a new AC unit for your home. What Should Be The Size Of The Air Conditioner? Once you hire Semper Solaris, our experienced air conditioning crew will carry out Manual J load calculation. It is an HVAC industry standard method of calculating the size of the AC unit you need by considering certain factors such as the size of your home, orientation, layout, number of windows, size of windows, shade around your home etc. After determining these factors, our expert air conditioning technicians will provide you with the required AC size for your home. At Semper Solaris, we don't simply replace the old AC with the new one with the same capacity. What Is The Efficiency Level Of A New AC Unit? If you're living with an old air conditioner, you must have already known that its efficiency degrades over time. Although new systems are maintained regularly, they can't keep up their efficiency for a longer time. So, a good idea is to invest in a good-quality and energy-efficient Air Conditioner. Always look for an Energy Star Label of the product you're purchasing. This signifies that the AC meets the minimum energy requirements set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). What New Technology Should I Go For? Apart from the efficiency of the system, you should also look for the latest technology. Nowadays, a majority of ACs come with new technologies that make your air conditioning experience comfortable and also save money. When you buy an AC unit, look for the features like variable speed motors. This feature is very helpful in saving power and your electricity bills. What Is The Timeline For Installation? If you're buying an air conditioner to replace a broken or malfunctioning unit, you'll need to get a new system as soon as possible. This is extreme if it's a hot scorching summer. Most of the time, air conditioner installation is a time consuming process. It can easily take more than a day to install the system as it involves plumbing, electrical and ductwork coordination. Naturally, if the system is larger, it will require more time to install and may require several days to complete the process. At Semper Solaris, we provide you with the exact installation time for a new system or an air conditioner replacement. Who Will Perform The Installation? Installing an air conditioner is not something you can do on your own. It requires well-trained and certified professionals. All the air conditioning technicians at Semper Solaris are NATE-certified, which means they have passed the professionals tests and have a good amount of practical experience in the industry. Should I Purchase Additional Air Quality Components? The good news is, many technologically advanced air conditioning systems are able to perform several jobs all at once. They not only keep your home cool but also improves the air quality and regulates the humidity level. However, if your home is prone to airborne pollutants and leaks, you can add an indoor air quality component for improving the air quality. At Semper Solaris, we offer a wide range of ACs with new technologies. Not only that, we offer a broad range of air quality components such as air cleaners, dehumidifiers, UV lamps and ventilators. What Is The Estimated Cost For An AC Installation? We understand that you want to know what you're investing in and how much you're going to spend. Cost is one of the most important deciding factors when it comes to purchasing equipment. But the cost of installing an AC unit varies depending on certain factors like the size of your system, home cooling requirements, additional air quality components, other accessories etc. When you work with our air conditioning company, our expert technicians will provide you a reliable installation estimate so that you can plan further.

  Are you aware that scientists have spent thousands of years trying to understand the promising solar energy and its application? Yes, understanding the 'how' of harnessing the Sun's power and meaningful use has been an uphill task that has ignited various scientists' interest in developing a concrete solution. Below is a timeline of multiple achievements and milestones covering various human efforts to extract and use solar energy. How is solar energy extracted from sun rays? Through the use of Photovoltaic devices. These are a particular type of metal that, when exposed to sunlight, use the photovoltaic effect to produce electricity. It is estimated that the knowledge about this photovoltaic effect has existed for roughly two centuries, and for this reason, our history about the solar cells begins here. How was solar energy initially used? Theoretically, it is believed that humans began to use solar energy by 7th century B.C. History reviews that humans were using sunlight to ignite the fire using magnifying glass materials. 700 BC- The use of a magnifying lens to put on Sunlit Fires' Heat Ray'. Do you know by the 7th century B.C humans could make fire using a magnifying glass to concentrate sunlight? For instance, around. 214-212 B.C. historians hypnotize that Archimedes' a great Greek inventor, was able to apply solar energy by creating heat rays using multiple mirrors to concentrate sunlight. It is believed that he destroyed several ships by concentrating sunlight on those ships belonging to Greek enemies especially during the Siege of Syracuse. Although this Archimedes' invention's validity is not apparent, various experiments have shown that it could be possible but more unlikely to have been executed. Romans are also known to use mirrors to harness the solar power and using it as light torches during their religious ceremonies. The use of "burning mirrors" became prevalent among Roman, Greeks, and later to the Chinese civilization. When was the first invention of the solar panels? 1767- The invention of the first solar oven A solar oven, often known as the solar cooker, uses the heat created by concentrating sunlight to heat drinks or food. Solar cookers are in use to date and are cheaper and efficient compared to the previous models. They are the most popular heating solutions, especially world parts, with limited access to electricity. The device relies only on sunlight to function, and this means no fuel or electrical power is need for it to work. The first solar oven was invented in 1767 by Horace De Saussure, a renowned Swiss Physicist. By the time of invention, nobody could have thought that this invention could be among the most helpful innovations for the next two centuries by helping people prepare their lunch and dinner without using firewood. 1839 - The Photovoltaic Effect Discovery by Edmund Becquerel. One of the most critical years in the history of solar panels was 1839 when Edmund Becquerel, a 19-year-old French physicist, discovered that there is a voltage difference when specific material is exposed to sunlight created. With his little knowledge about the photovoltaic effect, Edmund Becquerel dint understands that his discovery would form the basis of solar power in use in modern today. In 1873, Willoughby Smith, a staunch English engineer, coined Photoconductivity in Selenium, especially in its solid-state, which was another significant discovery that led to a great milestone in the solar energy industry. 1876 - Invention of Electricity from Light. While advancing the Smiths discovery three years earlier, an English professor, together with his best student, Richard Evans Day, observed a flow of electrical current when specific material was exposed to sunlight. Two electrodes attached to a selenium plate were used to make the tiny electrical current after exposing those plates to the light. 1883 - the making of the first Design of a functional Photovoltaic Cell. The credit goes to Charles Fritts, an American inventor who was the first person to design a successive solar cell plan. His 19th-century simple Photovoltaic Cell design was based on selenium wafers. 1905- The Photoelectric Effect and Albert Einstein work. Although most people aren't aware of Albert Einstein's photoelectrical effect paperwork, he is famous for his outstanding scientific milestone in the human race. He is the first person to formulate the photon theory of light, an idea that explains how light can dislodge 'remove or liberate' an electron from a metal surface. Sixteen years later, in 1921, after submitting his photon theory of light paper, he received the Nobel Prize to discover a tremendous scientific breakthrough.  1918 - The discovery of a Single-Crystal Silicon. The credit goes to a Polish scientist, Jan Czochralski, for figuring out a technique in which to grow single-crystal silicon. His discovery lay the foundation for the creation of solar cells using silicon metal. 1954 - The actual invention of Photovoltaic The credit goes to three scientists, namely, Gerald Pearson, a member of Bell Labs, David Chapin, and Calvin Fuller. Their work led to the creation of the world's first solar cell (photovoltaic cell). In simple terms, these men came up with a device that could convert sunlight into electricity. Many maintain that their silicon photovoltaic (PV) cell invention symbolizes the real PV technology invention. The first device could consistently power a considerable electrical device for more than two hours a day. However, the first silicon photovoltaic cell could only operate at 4% efficiency, below a quarter of modern solar cells capacity. They later advanced its performance (conversions efficiently), increasing it from 4% to 11%. Today, these solar panels are so advanced that they are used to light big houses and run machines due to their improved efficiency. Other significant achievements in the history of solar panels. The use of solar panels to power outer space devices. The use of solar technology in outer space is one of the most recent solar energy industry achievements. The outer space solar panels were used to run satellites. A good example is solar panels power Explorer III, Vanguard II, and Sputnik-3 satellites in 1958. Others include creating the first solar residence in 1973 by a team of scientists at the University of Delaware, Improving solar conversion efficiency from 8% to 14% by Hoffman Electronics amid 1957 and 1960. By 2016, the conversion efficiency had reached 34.5% efficiency and innovation from The University of South Wales.

In Carmel Valley, we are informed and concerned about the world beyond our own backyards. We are conservation conscious and engaged in finding answers for the world’s problems through technology, whether from global warming or world hunger, disease, and poverty. From lowering electric bills to saving the planet, solar power leads the way in solving critical issues we face in our homes, communities, and across the globe. Cost-effective, perpetually available, and technologically viable, the awesome power of the sun is providing answers to difficult problems that once seemed impossible. Semper Solaris is committed to a safe and sustainable world through renewable energy. We are a solar company on the forefront of promoting residential and commercial solar installations. We believe Solar Power holds the potential for a better world for all. We are the best solar company for Carmel Valley solar solutions for the rooftop and beyond. Saving the planet We all know about greenhouse gases, carbon footprint, and moving towards a clean environment with renewable energy. At Semper Solaris, we understand the effect of fossil fuels on the environment and are committed to protecting it. Solar power is the leading alternative to fossil fuels and the most efficient way to achieve the goals of a sustainable world whether it is solar power in Carmel Valley or remote countries across the globe. Air Pollution Solar Power can reduce and eliminate the release of dangerous pollutants into the atmosphere like carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous causing greenhouse gases and hazardous air. Toxic Water The most significant percentage of toxic water pollution comes from coal-fired power plants. The use of solar power will go a long way toward reducing toxic waterways. Hazardous Waste Toxic waste is dumped into landfills, abandoned mines, and poisonous pools. The waste from fossil fuel byproducts fossil has dangerous levels of metal toxicity. Solar power is clean energy and does not produce hazardous waste. Ocean Acidification Fossil Fuel emissions released into the air and absorbed into the ocean has altered the chemistry of the sea, making it more and more acidic. Acidification is causing a mutation of the ecosystem and threatens not only the fish and wildlife but erodes the attributes of the ocean by which shellfish, coral reefs and necessary organisms for sea life thrive. Solar power is on the pioneering forefront of the conservation of the air and sea. Protecting the environment protects you and your family from diseases caused by pollution and other environmental issues. Solar power is clean and plentiful, and rooftop solar in homes and the city is the wave of the future. Semper Solaris is the most knowledgeable and experienced at solar installation in Carmel Valley. Solar technology and electricity The need for electricity worldwide is increasing as more innovative technologies are added to the mix of things powered by electricity. Energy driven appliances and even medical devices have become necessary for sustenance and quality of life in our modern world. Solar power is cost-effective, and the sunlight is free, making it the most economical way to bring more electricity to communities across the globe. Refrigeration Air Conditioning Communication Electric Powered Transportation Innovation and Invention Medical Equipment Global Poverty Solar power provides access to the electrical power needed to fuel the modern necessities of life that we enjoy in America. The poor of the world spend exponentially more on electricity that comes from inefficient sources like fossil fuel plants and poorly constructed and maintained transmission lines. Solar is a key component in fighting poverty worldwide. Global Water Scarcity Throughout the world, there are places with a shortage of drinking water due to pollution and mismanagement and even drought. Whether from natural or human origins, the lack of safe water and demand for water resources has increased faster than population growth in some countries of the world. Solar power is a means for solving the global water crisis by providing renewable energy that reduces water pollution and, unlike fossil fuels, does not use water to generate power. In fact, Solar Technology may be the answer to the global water crisis as scientific advances emerge from innovation and discovery. Solar power helping the homeless Here at home, we know too well that there is a severe homelessness problem. Basics like food, shelter, water, and power are not readily available to the homeless who face the hazards of living day to day without those necessities of life enjoyed by most of us locally and globally. Solar power is here again on the front-lines producing answers. Solar energy is being deployed globally to help the homeless live safer and providing some of the essential tools for survival. More importantly, solar power is a means of transitioning out of homelessness. Solar Innovations help the homeless: An all-girl engineering team from the San Fernando valley creates a solar-powered tent for the homeless. Solar Suitcases provide lighting and charging stations so people can contact necessary services or look for jobs. Homeless encampments provide tiny homes using solar power. Solar-powered pods are complete with kitchens and bathrooms Outdoor solar-powered showers in London. And the list of solar solutions goes on as we move towards a world that offers simple, technology-based answers to complex issues. The feasibility of solving major world problems or protecting the environment through solar power in the world and solar power in Carmel Valley is both economically and technologically attainable. Semper Solaris supports helping the world achieve sustainability and those living in poverty live better lives. Clean air and water are essential to health and wellbeing. Clean, cheap, and readily available, solar power is the future of a sustainable, equitable world. We are experts in the field and are the best solar company in Carmel Valley. Call us today! If you don’t yet have a solar system installed, now is the time to join the future of renewable energy and help solve big world problems, starting with your home. Click here to learn more about solar in Carmel Valley.