Thursday, March 31, 2011

How Solar Companies Can Win More Bids

After a few years in the game, solar energy is becoming more and more common thanks to financing, rental plans, and rebates. One thing solar companies do not focus on is energy efficiency; they simply create a solar system for your home/business at your current usage or come in premade kits. Either way they are not reducing your electricity use, they are only reducing the amount of electricity you purchase.

Solar panels are very expensive and are based on your kilowatt usage, below are some averages from the US Department of Energy.

1 kilowatt system: $10,000-$15,000
2 kilowatt system: $16,000-$20,000
5 kilowatt system $35,000-$40,000

An avergage size home will require a system between 2 and 5 kilowatt- subject to size and level of energy efficiency.While all these solar panel companies are busy competing on leasing and financing offers, they over look a simple solution to the cost issue- LED light bulbs.


According to EnergyStar and the California Energy Commission, lighting accounts for 30% of an electricity bill. This is based on traditional incandescent and halogen light bulbs in residential and commercial settings. By installing LED bulbs lighting consumption will be reduced by 25% thus greatly reducing the size of solar system needed.

A home requiring a 4 kilowatt system could be reduced to a 3 kilowatt system by simply replacing all the light bulbs.

Average homes have 52 light bulbs, outfitting the home with LED bulbs would cost about $1,000. Compared to an additional 1 kilowatt solar system at $10,000, LED light bulbs are cheap.

4 Kilowatt Home
Solar Panels: $42,000*
Solar Panels plus LED bulbs: $32,000*

*not including incentives, rebates, financing, etc. In some states and cities, additional rebates are available for LED lighting

Just like solar companies, Nularis offer financing for our LED light bulbs. Solar companies can bundle solar panels and LED light bulbs to reduce their bid amount, giving them an edge over the competition. Let's face it, people go solar for the economics not for the environment; the cheaper the solar panel system the better.

Seems like solar panels and Nularis LEDs are a bright idea.

-AA

2 comments:

  1. Interesting! This information is important to me because I've become increasingly interested in solar companies in California for my home.

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  2. Collecting and converting usable energy from solar radiation can be accomplished by using solar panel. Solar panels are the best way to get rid of electric bills.

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