May 2017 | Shine Solar

Month: May 2017


What is a Free Solar Analysis?

Why you should get a Free Solar Analysis today

A FREE solar analysis? We live in a world of high skepticism. If something sounds like it’s too good to be true, it usually is. And why not? We’ve all dealt with the used-car salesmen, the door-to-door special all-purpose cleaner guys. We have all fallen for the lines, at one time or another. We here at Shine Solar get that, because we’ve also had those experiences. But here’s the thing. We’re all, and we do mean all, here because we actually found sincere people and a product that delivers what is promised. That’s why this blog outlines the true steps of a free solar analysis. We want you to know what’s available to you in a no-pressure environment, because we’ve seen the opposite. We want you to understand that when we say no cost, no obligation, we mean it.

Education in a no-pressure environment

Education is the most important thing to us here at Shine Solar. We say this a lot, because its true. Solar is still so new to the Midwest that we want to help spread knowledge about your solar options. We understand that solar doesn’t work for every home. This is why we provide you with the free solar analysis so you can see if solar is a good option for you or not. Shine Solar is here to answer your questions and arm you with knowledge. We will help you with anything we can. If solar isn’t right for your right now, depending on your home, or family and business goals, or financial situation; we understand and respect that. Solar Analysis House

What is a solar analysis?

When we perform a free solar analysis, we look at your home, previous utility bills and prepare a report that will show your monthly savings (if solar will work for you) and the potential costs that you could have. We will calculate the ideal size for your solar system, your costs, your savings, and how much power your solar system will produce.

What does a solar analysis look at?

Each solar analysis is tailored to your home and your lifestyle. There is no one-size-fits-all proposal or solution for solar. There are several things we look at to create a analysis that will be completely unique to you.Solar Analysis Calculator We look at:
  • Your average monthly energy usage (a 12-month history is the most useful)
  • Your roof space
  • The amount of sun your roof gets

Arm yourself with the facts

We will prepare this solar analysis and give you the facts so you can be empowered to know whether solar is something you can benefit from or not. Going solar is a big decision. You should do research, ask questions, talk to your spouse, get opinions, think about it, look at your long-term goals. Do everything you need to do to be sure that solar is the right investment for you! We are here for all of that. Solar is so new to our area, that we want to empower as many people as possible so they can know their options when it comes to solar. Contact us at 844-80-SHINE or here on our website to get your questions answered and to get your free, no-obligation solar analysis today.

How Many Sunlight Hours Will Your Panels Receive?

Sunlight Hours
What a beautiful week full of sunlight!
It feels as though the clear days are finally here, which is fantastic…because that means more sunshine!
Sunshine makes us feel good. Productive. It gives us that much-needed shot of Vitamin D to boost our moods and health. So the opportunity to grab all of that just by stepping outside and into the sunshine for 20 minutes a day feels like a fairly easy thing to do.
However, sometimes it seems as though Midwesterners are at an unfair disadvantage, compared to our brighter neighbors. Take Florida, for example: the Sunshine State. Those people are soaking up the rays year-round!
Well, maybe not.

How much sunlight do we get?

Recently, we looked at the state-by-state percentage of sunlight breakdown according to the National Climatic Data Center and the World Data Center for Meteorology.
These statistics pull together numbers on the amount of sunshine that each US state usually has in a year. That number is achieved by measuring the percentage of time between sunrise and sunset that sunshine reaches the ground.
All of the data is averaged based on several decades of weather measurements, in order to have a long-running comprehensive snapshot as opposed to, say, a single fluke season.
And guess what? Missouri and Arkansas easily held their own in the sunshine stats game. Missouri was handed a 60% score, while Arkansas slightly edged it with 61%.
Florida? Well, the Sunshine State scored…66%.
This study proves that the sun isn’t always brighter on the other side. Arguments in the Midwest about solar frequently center around the fact that we just aren’t as luminous as our coastal friends. Decades of vacation slideshows and social media posts have born that out…the sun always seems to be shining on our frolicking neighbors…on Spring Break, summer vacations, and even off-season holiday trips.
There are few photos that show families huddled in their motel rooms while the rain pounds outside.
Now, in the interest of full disclosure, we should also mention that there are a couple of outliers, as studies tend to reveal. Arizona scored a crazy 85%, while its neighbor New Mexico coasted in at 76. But, come on. Those places are basically deserts. Who wants to gain a higher percentage if the act of spending time outside might burn your face off?

The Sun is Shining!

Long story short, rest assured, neighbors. We’re holding our own just fine here in the nation’s heartland. We have plenty of sunlight to sustain life, keep our greens green, and receive a fine return on investment should we choose to pursue any form of alternative energy, be it solar or wind.
So get out there this summer and get plenty of snaps of your family dancing around the kiddie pool. Let the sun work for YOU, whether that be free vitamin D, free antidepressant therapy, a free sun-kissed glow…or complete energy ownership.

Sunny Days Are Here Again!

We have MAY-de it, folks! The dreary grayness of winter and the early spring is in the past, and May is upon us! To celebrate, we thought we’d write about all things…SUN. So without further ado, let’s brighten things up a little.
June is the month of the Summer Solstice. Both “equinox” (spring and fall) and “solstice” (summer and winter) refer to the path the sun travels throughout the year. During a solstice, the sun is either at its northernmost point (Tropic of Cancer), or it is at its southernmost point (Tropic of Capricorn). An equinox is either of the two days each year when the sun crosses the equator, resulting in both day and night becoming equally long.
The word “solstice” is from the Latin solstitium, which is from sol (sun) and stitium (to stop) because it appears as if the sun stops at the solstice.
In the Northern Hemisphere, the Summer Solstice occurs between June 20 and June 22. In the Southern Hemisphere, it is between December 20 and December 23. Soak up the sun this month when it happens, because the Midwest will have 14 hours and 43 minutes of sunlight on both June 20 and 21!
While the Summer Solstice is the lightest, brightest, most brilliant summit of solar power, that is not because we are at our closest point to the sun. Rather, the longest day of the year is created by the Earth being at the maximum angle to receive direct sunlight.
Though the sky is the limit for solar production during May, June, July, and August due to the aforementioned lengthy days, as well as the height of the sun in the sky, don’t count out the cooler days of winter. It’s the brightness of the sun that affects production, not temperature, so you can have an amazing production day on a bright wintry day just as you can on a bright summer one. The only difference between the two is the length of daylight.
But don’t just consider the benefits direct sunlight can have on your panels and your pocketbook. Getting 20 minutes of direct sunlight per day has been proven to boost bone and heart health, decrease cancer risk, and combat depression! And how many other things that offer so many positive benefits are free?
If you have any questions, or are curious about how the sun could go to work in YOUR life, give us a call at 844-80-SHINE.

Solar Fun Facts

Sure, we all know that solar energy is a thing, just as we’re familiar with wind energy or natural gas being things. But the SCIENCE behind it seems like, well, like not that much fun to study. Like, the sun hits the panels and then turns into magic, right? And your electric bill is cheaper?
Close enough.
Since studying is NEVER fun on the weekend, today we’re going to take a walk on the lighter side of the sun. May is coming, the clouds will soon part, so WHY NOT serve up some good, old-fashioned fun facts!? Bonus: these are easy to remember, so you can wow your friends at parties!


The sun is one million times larger than planet Earth, and must travel 93 million miles to reach the earth’s surface. When moving at the speed of light, sunlight takes just over eight minutes to travel this distance.


Sun is termed a renewable source of energy because it will never become depleted as time passes. Fossil fuels, such as oil, coal, and gas, are not considered to be renewable energy sources because we only have so much of them available on the planet. This means they will eventually run out.


The amount of energy consumed throughout the world, over the course of 27 years, equals only one full day’s worth of sun energy. To break it down further, the amount of solar energy that reaches the earth’s surface in just 40 minutes is equal to the world’s total annual energy consumption!


However, photovoltaic energy (aka. solar cells) started way back in 1876. William Grylls Adams and his student, Richard Day, discovered that when selenium was exposed to light, it produced electricity. An electricity expert, Werner von Siemens, stated that the discovery was “scientifically of the most far-reaching importance.” Although the selenium cells were not efficient, it was proven that light, without heat or moving parts, could be converted into electricity.


What other big-ticket item has that kind of drop, particularly when the alternative is paying ever-increasing electric bills?
So there you have it: crazy true science to make you sound like a renewable energy aficionado just in time to wow the summer barbecue crowd!
Here comes the sun, indeed.