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Solar 101

How Solar Energy Works

 Absorb Energy from Sunlight
 – Solar (or photovoltaic) modules create energy by absorbing photons from sunlight. The photons react with the photoelectric material in the module, knocking electrons loose. These electrons are captured in the form of a direct electrical current, creating power.

Convert Sunlight to Energy
 – This direct current generated by a photovoltaic module has to go through another step before it can be used to power your home. The current is run through a device called an inverter (or power converter) which converts the direct current (DC) from the solar modules to alternating current (AC) which can be used in your home and distributed to the utility grid. During this process, 14-18% of the energy produced by the panels is lost.

Distribute Energy to your home – After being converted to alternating current, power travels from the inverter to your electrical service panel (your breaker box). The power from the electrical panel is then distributed to any electrical loads in your home.

Run your Meter Backwards 
- When excess power is produced by the solar system, the power will flow into the grid through your electric meter. This will cause your meter to run backward gaining you a credit with the utility company.

Net Metering
 – The net metering legislation states that the utility company must credit you at retail rates (the same rate they would have charged you). Therefore, time of use customers will be credited peak rates for power fed into the grid during peak hours.

What makes a house suitable for solar? -
 There are several factors that determine how suitable a home is for solar. The number of sun hours received by your geographical location. Also known as solar isolation, this is the amount of sunlight that a geographical location receives in a typical year. Display the solar isolation for the United States. The amount of shading received by your roof during peak production hours. Less is better. Tall structures (other homes or buildings, trees, telephone poles, etc.) can restrict the amount of sunlight that reaches an installed solar panel. The shade of those other structures create can reduce the effectiveness of your solar system. Available roof or ground area for the solar power system. A solar power system requires space for installation.

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Pat Koeth
Pat Koeth
19:55 09 Apr 18
I cannot say enough about the experience with Florida Solar and Air. All of the employees were so helpful throughout the entire process. I had all the windows and doors on my home replaced with hurricane impact products. The salesman Danny was there throughout the entire process and answered any and all questions I had along the way. The company dealt with all the permitting with the city and also helped me finance the project. The technician Billy had an incredible work ethic and attention to detail. He took great pride in his work and I could not be happier with the finished product. The house passed inspection with no issues. I have and will continue to recommend Florida Solar and Air to anyone looking to have new windows and doors installed.
Obel Cruz
Obel Cruz
11:37 20 Apr 18
I cannot say enough about the experience with Florida Solar and Air. All of the employees were so helpful throughout the entire process. I had all the doors on my home replaced with hurricane impact products. The company dealt with all the permitting with the city and also helped me finance the project. The technician Yoel and David had an incredible work ethic and attention to detail. They took great pride in there work and I could not be happier with the finished product. The house passed inspection with no issues. I have and will continue to recommend Florida Solar and Air to anyone looking to have new windows and doors installed.
Luis Ballesteros
Luis Ballesteros
00:56 24 Apr 18
I had a GREAT experience with Florida Solar & Air, I totally recommend this company, they are very professionals and get the job done no matter what. They take care of everything from removing the old windows, installing, cleaning, covering furniture, removing debris. The crew leader, Billy is the BEST! He is so professional and committed to the job! He made an amazing job in our house.
Rob N Lori
Rob N Lori
00:18 10 Apr 18
Great experience from beginning to end! Tom was very thorough in explaining the different windows and options. The installation went smoother than I could’ve ever imagined. My installer Billy Dimas was extremely professional, clean, punctual and thorough. He did such an amazing job on my windows and doors. I’ve heard horror stories about Impact window installations and I was worried about things breaking and having a huge mess in my house but that wasn’t the case. Billy took the time to clean up after each window was done. He answered any questions I had and made sure I was happy. Neighbors comment on how nice my windows and doors look! I highly recommend this company!
EMILIO SOLARES
EMILIO SOLARES
20:12 17 May 18
I could not be happier with what I see so far. Today was the first part of replacing a series of siding doors facing the patio and what a difference!!! The installation crew has been terrific and the project manager has explained everything in detail at every step of the job. Very punctual, clean, precise, neat, and attentive to any request. These guys know their job and execute it very well. What a pleasure! The job will be finished on Tuesday January second when I will conclude the review. Happy new year to all!!! April 26, 2018: The job was completed today with the final installation of the energy efficient entrance door panels and the hardware that had been requested. Kudos to the installers David and Joel. They are neat, honest, organized, and take so much pride for their job. They are always ready to solve any problem that might arise during the process. It was great to see them again for the final touch. Thank you again.May 18, 2018: The picture window that was installed in February 2012 has developed condensation between the two panes of glass. Few days ago I called Solar and Air and Mr Brian Bendel, a project manager with whom I had the pleasure to do business with before, came to my house today for an inspection. As usual, they took care of business and will send the manufacturer, CGI for a pertinent solution. Thank you again for living up to the expectations. Great work. I will continue with the review once the problem is solved.
mrjeff50
mrjeff50
00:46 13 Jun 18
We were very pleased with the installers from Florida Solar. They replaced our doors and windows very professionally and quickly.From start to finish they were very polite and at the end of the project cleaned up all the debris from our home and property. We were very pleased with the outcome of their workmanship.
Dina Rhodes
Dina Rhodes
23:49 05 Jul 18
Carlos and Yaykime were AMAZING! They arrived early and worked nonstop all day until my new windows were installed. I cannot say enough about how happy I am with their work and their lovely friendly personalities. They were efficient, cleaned as they went along, and truly went above and beyond to deliver excellent service. Without a doubt, Florida Solar & Air will be the first call I make if I ever need anything else they can provide. This was my first experience with this company and Carlos and Yaykime have made me a loyal customer for life!! Thank you guys!!
Vicente Mayans, III
Vicente Mayans, III
16:37 22 Jul 18
Had the most professional experience with Mr. Alvaro Rodriguez (Sales Manager) of Florida Solar & Air. He not only knew the material regarding impact windows for my home, but had research handy for my wife and I on his laptop. He also had samples of impact windows and demonstrated the difference between them thoughly. I strongly recommend him for anyone who has this project in mind.
Natalia M Francisco
Natalia M Francisco
17:40 24 Jul 18
Installers Leo and Carlos are very professional and have done an excellent job!!! Would highly recommend them!!!!!Also my experience with Florida Solar and Air has been a wonderful. Everyone has. been highly competent and high service from all.
M Samuel
M Samuel
19:51 31 Jul 18
The installers Yaykime and Carlos were extremely professional and timely. They made sure that things were put back and cleaned after themselves. They were courteous even though at times there was a language barrier, they did their best to communicate what they were doing at all times. Hopefully, the next installers for the sliding doors will be the same. Thank you.
Ari Rodriguez
Ari Rodriguez
01:30 13 Sep 18
I am very excited to have started this large business transaction deal (large for me, since I replaced evert window and door) with Florida Solar & Air due to what I witnessed in professionalism starting from the samples of product and the forms which highlight every guarantee and comfort a buyer likes to be assured of. When I first met Erika she was very professional and patient in reassuring that I understood the big difference in products. I was very lucky to have met Terry as well whom managed to help me be able to finally get my most important work on the house done which was contract them.I am awaiting the order and will update through the process if everything is as clean cut as the form states. Which I'm sure it will be.Updated:The finish product was outstanding! They have really stood up to their quality and every word! If I have any issues they immediately respond and rectify any issues that came along with such a big project.I have found myself raving about their company when ever hearing anyone mention they are planning on a window project since my experience was so fantastic. I feel completely at ease knowing I definitely can count on them if any issues were to arise or for any future projects.Till this day, 2 years later 09/12/18... they have outstanding customer service when I call to get any additional service! Totally reliable! Worth every penny for peace of mind.
Jonathan Kopycinski
Jonathan Kopycinski
14:10 04 Oct 18
David and Yoanis are GREAT guys . They come to get the job done. I was expecting a 2 day job and they hammered that sh!t out. Great job guys. Don't loose these 2 . They know what they doing and they get it done .
Alex Leon
Alex Leon
22:03 07 Oct 18
Florida Solar & Air have been an absolute delight to work with. Not only were they extremely professional, organized, and detailed, but they also were able to make the necessary changed I edited in their drafted contacts. They sent over a project manager, Billy Dimas, and he was one of the most professional workers I have ever met within the industry. If you use Florida Solar & Air, ask for Billy and Tom O'Connor is the best salesman as well!
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