The best solar panels for cloudy days

While solar panels generate the most energy on a bright sunny day, it’s a myth that you must have year-round sun in order to reap the benefits of a home solar system. People in all different types of climates are able to power their homes using solar panels. Whether you live in sunny Florida, cloudy Seattle, or a place that has a little bit of both like New Jersey,  you can still enjoy the benefits of residential solar systems with the right type of solar technology. In this article, we will go over the type of solar panels that are the most beneficial to a climate that is not always sunshine and rainbows.  

Solar panels for low irradiance conditions

Low irradiance simply means not a lot of sunlight. Here in New Jersey we have our fair share of sunny days, but during the winter months we also have many consecutive days where we don’t see the sun. SunPower, one of the most popular premium brands of solar panels, regularly publishes data that shows how well their solar panels work in cloudy conditions. 

For climates that have more cloudy days than sunny skies, we recommend solar panels with monocrystalline silicon cells. Other technologies that solar manufacturers use to increase efficiency in cloudy conditions include bifacial panels, half-cut cells, and Passivated Emitter Rear Cell (PERC) technology. 

While there aren’t any solar panels that are specifically designed to perform better on cloudy days, there are technologies that help make solar panels more efficient. In addition, homeowners can invest in solar storage, so any excess energy generated on a sunny day can be used later, like during a rainy spell. 

Contact the experts for residential solar installation in NJ

If you’re interested in a home solar system, but you’re unsure about how much energy it will generate to power your home, contact our team at Green House Solar. New Jersey experiences a range of weather conditions, and we can help you decide what solar technology will work best for you. While roof installation is ideal, it’s not a deal-breaker if your roof isn’t suitable. Alternatively, we can install solar trackers or ground mounts around your property that will have you generating clean energy in no time. 

For more information about the best solar panels for cloudy days, or if you have any questions about New Jersey solar panel installation, please contact our team at Green House Solar.

Are solar panels worth it for a small business_

Are you a small business owner who has been considering installing solar panels, but concerned about the cost? Are you unsure that the energy savings will balance out the cost of installation? Business owners, big and small, have to operate with strict budgets and choosing to invest in something new can be risky. However, if your monthly energy bills keep increasing and you’re interested in harnessing the power of clean energy, a solar system will save you money in the long run. 

Several decades ago solar panels were expensive and the installation cost was prohibitive for many people. Fortunately, things have changed now with the increasing prevalence of solar systems and the many solar incentives available to business owners, like solar leases, solar tax credits, and solar loans. You might be surprised at just how affordable they are now!

Here’s why you should consider solar panels for your small business

Smaller scale installations are more affordable. Larger scale installations often rely on subcontractors and other professionals to complete the installation, resulting in more expensive prices. However, with smaller scale commercial and residential installations, companies like Green House Solar can tap into their own networks to get the job done for a more affordable cost. 

You don’t need a “suitable” roof. Despite popular belief, your roof isn’t the only place where solar panels can be installed. If your business doesn’t have a roof that is suitable for solar panel installation, other options include solar trackers, ground mounts, and solar carports around your property. Commercial solar installers have made great advances in technology when it comes to space restrictions, so don’t jump to conclusions and assume your property isn’t suitable.

Promote your company’s clean energy usage. Let everyone know about your commitment to clean energy and reducing your carbon footprint! Once your solar panels are installed, we can fit your business with a kiosk or a monitor that shows in real time how much clean energy your solar panels are generating. As people become more conscious about doing business with eco-friendly companies, this will be a big bonus for your business’ reputation for corporate responsibility. 

For more information about solar installation for your small business, or if you have any questions about converting to solar energy, please contact our team at Greenhouse Solar today.

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Solar power systems aren’t just great for the environment and for saving on your energy bills, they also offer big tax incentives and a healthy SREC market if you live in NJ. In fact, our state offers some of the best solar incentives in the country! Here are the NJ solar rebates and incentives for 2019.

  • Solar sales tax exemption: You are 100% exempt from any sales tax when purchasing your home solar system, a 7% savings on all your solar equipment.
  • Property tax exemption: Home solar systems are in high demand, and many homeowners invest in these systems in order to add value to their home and achieve a more attractive sales price. Fortunately, NJ residents investing in home solar systems do not have to pay any additional property tax on the value that system adds to your home.
  • Federal solar tax credit: You are also subject to the federal investment tax credit, reducing the cost of your home solar system by 30% when buying it outright.
  • NJ net metering: Through this program, you can sell any additional energy your home generates back into the grid at the retail rate. This is fairly profitable, as the retail rate is higher than the bulk rate utilities receive their electricity at and means that you never waste energy.
  • Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs): Each time your solar system produces one megawatt-hour of energy, you earn one SREC. These SRECs can then be sold on to utilities who use them to meet NJ Renewable Portfolio Standards. The price of these SRECs changes according to supply and demand and has ranged between $165 and $262 over the last few years.

Want to Reduce Power Cost in Morris County NJ? Contact Our Home Solar Team Today 

Greenhouse Solar is one of the leading solar companies in Morris County, NJ. We are Sonnen Certified, and our experienced teams are ready to answer all your questions about home solar systems and solar battery backup systems. We are here to help design, install and maintain your solar system, completely customized to your needs and budget. To find out more about home solar in Morris County NJ, our company or services, please contact us today or visit our website at