Solar Friday

You’ve heard of Science Friday… now get ready to enjoy Solar Friday! We’re taking a page out of the book of our friends over at NPR’s Science Friday with some educational graphics to help you take a deep dive on some solar basics. In 2021 we created Solar Friday as a social media feature to to address frequently asked questions about solar. Now we’re sharing it with you here on the blog!

Ever wanted to know the difference between a watt and a kilowatt-hour? What about how a solar panel works? Wondering if your solar power system really works on a cloudy day? We’ve got all the answers for you.

Already a solar expert? Test your knowledge with our quiz!

The Basics of Solar Power

Understanding Electricity

To understand how solar can play a role in your energy mix, it’s important to start with some electricity basics. In this feature, you’ll learn about watts, kilowatts, and kilowatt-hours and the basics behind how your electricity bill is calculated.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

The sun just hits the panels and you’ve got power, right? Correct! But there’s a little more to it than that. Learn more about the science behind how solar panels generate electricity for your home or business.

Energy Efficiency & Solar

Making your home an energy efficient paradise is the best way to maximize the return on your solar investment. What steps should you be taking?

System Basics

Solar Panel Performance

Will my solar power system actually function on a cloudy day? In this feature we’ll discuss solar panel performance and when your system functions most efficiently.

What is Net Metering?

Net metering is an important billing mechanism that compensates you for excess energy you send to the grid. But how does it work exactly?

What is the Federal ITC?

There are lots of great financial incentives for going solar, but the Federal Solar Tax Credit tops them all. We’re talking all about the Federal ITC, it’s origins, and where it stands today in 2022.

Solar + Storage

Will my solar power system function when the power is out? The short answer is yes, but you’ll need a little something called battery storage.

Solar & Extreme Weather

We’re now stranger to extreme weather here on the Gulf Coast. But whether it’s a bad thunderstorm, high-wind event, or even a hurricane, solar is up to the challenge.

Solar & EV’s

Your electric vehicle is only as sustainable as the electricity that powers it. Learn more about charging your EV with the power of the sun.

How to Read Your Meter

After your solar PV installation, your meter will be re-programmed for bi-directional energy flow. Learn how tell when your system is ready to go.

Solar Panel Cleaning

It’s the height of springtime and your solar PV system is looking a little grimy. But should you clean it?

Industry Insights

Solar Misinformation

As the solar industry heats up, misinformation is everywhere. In this feature, we’re debunking common solar myths and making sure you don’t fall for a deal that’s too good to be true.

Dealing With Doorknockers

The solar industry is BOOMING. Which is great news for you, your wallet, and our planet. But there are some bad actors afoot. Learn how to spot the good guys.

Ready to test your solar knowledge? Prove yourself with the The SunFarm Solar Friday Quiz!