You’ve seen solar panels on roofs around your area for a while now, but for one reason or another, you’ve waited.
Living808, KHON2 | February 24, 2016
0:00 Trini: You’ve seen solar panels on roofs around your area for a while now but for one reason or another you’ve waited. Well, RevoluSun wants you to know, now is the time for solar! We’re learning more about that today, take a look. If you have not already jumped on the Peavey solar bandwagon what are you waiting for people? Now is the time for solar! We’re talking about that today I’m with Eric Carlson with RevoluSun. Hello, Eric.
0:25 Eric: Hi, Trini. How are you?
0:30 Trini: I’m doing great. So, tell me, can you believe that there are still people out there that don’t have solar?
0:33 Eric: Yeah, I mean, I’m surprised, but you know there are early adopters and then there are people that really do their homework so it’s fine, you know. Hawai’i’s doing a great job as a whole we have more solar per capita than any state in the country. So I think Hawaii is doing a great job.
0:51 Trini: Wow, that’s great to hear. So how is solar electricity different than solar systems used to heat water, as people may not understand there’s a difference.
0:59 Eric: Yeah we we come across that a lot. When we talk to people at home shows there we ask, do you have solar PV? A lot of people say, yeah I have solar. So we ask, is it for electricity? And they’re like no, it’s for my hot water. So, you know, there’s a little bit of education that needs to happen. So, put really simply there are two types of ways to harness the sun’s energy. We’re all familiar with solar hot water, that’s using the sun’s heat—the heat from the Sun—to heat your cold water and use it for your cooking, or laundry, or bathing, while solar PV is using the actual light from the Sun and turning that into electricity.
1:39 Trini: Okay, so if someone after watching this is saying I want to get solar, what do they do? What’s the first step?
1:45 Eric: Well, they can contact us, or any other solar provider, but one thing to do is go online to our website you can learn more about the panels that we offer. Or you can come to our innovation center and actually see live demonstration of the solar panels, how they’re mounted to the roof, all of the components that we use in our solar system.
2:08 Trini: Okay, I’m glad you brought that up because not all PV solar panels are created equally.
2:15 Eric: You’re right, the name of the game with solar PV is all about efficiency. It’s how much light can I absorb from the Sun in a solar panel and how much is that panel going to produce? And so, at RevoluSun we are as an Elite SunPower dealer and they’re actually the world’s most powerful and efficient solar module on the planet. They even have a Guinness Book of World Records for solar panels! We’re a proud SunPower dealer and about 99% of our installs are with SunPower.
2:46 Trini: Okay, still if someone is shopping around and they say oh you know this—so I can save a lot more money with this company, they may not actually be saving more money in the long run.
2:55 Eric: Right, it actually may be costing them money in the long run. Solar systems—most of them are warrantied for 25 years but they’re designed and expected to produce power for 40 50 years, and if you’re looking at the system costs upfront investment because you’re comparing a high efficient panel versus a low efficient panel, you want to really really look at the long-term value of the investment you’re making. So, while it may cost more for high efficient module up front it’s going to save you much more overtime 10, 20, 30, 40 years and that’s the whole point.
3:31 Trini: Right, okay Eric were almost out of time but I have one more question. You know, there have been a lot of changes regarding residential solar policy and regulations. Can you tell us, what’s the current status?
3:43 Eric: Running out of time, I’ll start with this: if you have—if your viewers haven’t gone with solar PV yet, they need to get in line. To put it short, there used to be a really great incentive program for that every dollar of solar energy you produce, the utility would credit you for that. Now they’ve cut that incentive by roughly half, so it’s not as good as they used to be but it’s still better than not doing anything at all. So my biggest suggestion would be to get in line now.
4:11 Trini: Okay, and if you need any more incentive of course there are tax credits, there are rebates that really help out.
4:16 Eric: Yeah, huge tax credits from the state and the federal. thank you so
4:22 Trini: Okay Eric, thank you so much! Very cool, there’s so many really neat products that they have, my best advice is to go check them out at the Innovation Center, they have so many ways that you can save energy and save money, and you know it makes sense.