solar power

California has been the hotbed for solar energy use and technology in the last decade or so, considering that it is one of the sunniest states in the country and Silicon Valley is located in it. More homes and businesses are using solar tech in California than any other state in the United States. And with the expected big upward spike in the industry by next year, California is gearing up for an increase in the number of people using solar energy. And keeping up with these are several technological advances that could make the engineers want more than just a small piece of the solar pie.

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The sun’s output that strikes the Earth is estimated at around 170,000 terawatts. According to NASA, 100 billion tons of dynamite exploding every second could match this output. With the technology that we currently have, we barely make a scratch on all the energy that we could potentially utilize. We could not put solar panels everywhere with considerations ranging from safety and aesthetic limiting usage. But some innovations could change the game and make solar energy more popular and fun for everyone. Here are some of them.


Solar windows


Imagine every glass surface window in the US being converted to solar windows. These are basically like conventional windows except they lose some of their transparency when they reconfigure to start generating electricity from sunlight. It is estimated that the technology could potentially supply 40% of the total electricity demand in the United States. That’s a big chunk of electricity being switched to solar tech. Plus, the designers say that solar windows could potentially pay for itself through savings on electricity bills.


Solar paint


This might seem like a scenario straight out of sci-fi flicks but there have been advancements made on paints that could generate electricity from sunlight. Simply put, these are paints with imbedded crystals that generate electricity through the photovoltaic effect. One of the potential benefits of solar paints is that when fully operational, you only need to have a technician come in after painting, saving money on installation costs.


However, there is a drawback to this technology. At present, solar paint only operates at 3-8% efficiency. That is nowhere near the 18% that the average modern solar panel is capable of. It is hoped that more advanced solar paint versions will come out in the next few years with efficiency comparable to modern solar panels.


Solar cars


There is an annual solar car race in Australia that showcases the innovative designs in getting cars to run on solar power. The technology is several years old but the car design is like something from the film “Back To The Future” with blocky and outrageously low sections. Building a street-legal car that runs on solar energy is facing challenges, like low and intermittent performance. 


However, development continues with the vision of building a street-legal vehicle running completely on solar energy.


California is front and center in the great solar race. And with companies like Soleeva Energy leading the way, new, smarter and more efficient methods of generating solar energy will be available to consumers in the Bay Area. Check out our website at schedule a consult and we will let you know how to get your very own solar module system. Head out to Soleeva now.



Solar power

Solar power generation is almost as old as civilization, from back when mirrors were being used to divert light into a spot to heat it to the modern photovoltaic cells. The sun has been the one constant source of energy for humans, drying their fish, helping their plants grow, even cooking their dishes. It is a clean source of energy that will not run out of power.


California is one of the sunniest states in the country. The average amount of sunlight that falls onto it is greater than every state with the probable exception of Texas and New Mexico. It’s not a surprise then that California is one of the leading users of solar energy in the United States. More households are using solar power in Cali than in any other state. However, it does not mean that California is the only state where solar panels can be purchased by ordinary Americans.

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Advances in solar technology in the last ten years made it possible to produce solar panels that the average household can afford. But California paved the way for the household use of solar energy generators. State laws provide tax incentives for any home with a solar installation. However, it is only in California that the incentives go up to 30%. The bigger tax incentive provided by California legislation made it more appealing for the people to go solar.


California also has a program they call the net energy metering plan (or the NEM). Under this program, any excess electricity generated by a system is brought into the grid. When timed properly, this can be made into a profitable endeavor. For example, we know that electricity is most in-demand during noon and afternoon. This is also the time when electricity charges are at its highest, what with the air-conditioning and stuff. For the enterprising Californian, this can be a great opportunity. Peak solar output occurs at noon and the afternoon, coinciding with the highest demand and cost of grid electricity. With the NEM program, the surplus electricity from a solar power system will go to the grid to be used by somebody else, who will then pay a higher price for the energy used. This will turn into credits that can be redeemed when the solar user purchases electricity, preferably at night when the rate and demand are down. Instant profit!

With California set to be the first state that requires all new buildings and residential structures to install solar panels, there is great potential for more laws that support solar use to be passed. 


Not only that, but the law will also pave the way for more developments in solar technology, which will eventually result in increased efficiency and lower costs. There’s no better time to switch to solar power than now and to help you with the transition, contact the professionals at With years of experience, our experts have all the tools and knowledge to make your solar energy project a breeze. Go to Soleeva and schedule a consultation now.