By its name alone, you know that “renewable energy” has to be a good thing. While fossil fuels like oil and coal require labor and fuel to be extracted from the earth, and even more energy to be refined and transported, solar energy is simply available for the taking. It’s no wonder that more and more people are interested in harnessing these natural renewable resources.
As a full-service renewable energy company, our focus is on providing you with a comfortable home for less. Halco offers a wide range of renewable energy options for residential and commercial buildings in and around Rochester, Syracuse, Ithaca, as well as Webster, Lansing, Fairport, Auburn, Cortland, Canandaigua, Pittsford. We install solar panels and energy, solar heating, and geothermal heat pumps in Yates, Ontario, Cayuga, Steuben, and Seneca Counties.
At the molecular level of heat transfer, solar electric collectors convert solar radiation directly into electricity. Solar radiation strikes a solar cell, usually made of a semi-conductor such as silicon, and causes it to release electrons. Because the voltage of a single solar cell is low, many cells are connected in series to form a module. The modules are wired together to form an array. The array may be mounted on the roof or a rack built on the ground.
The electricity generated by a solar electric system may be used immediately, stored in batteries, or returned to the utility grid. In the latter case, homeowners receive credit for what is produced, lowering their electric bill. In effect, the utility company serves as "storage" for electricity that's produced during periods of the day when you don't need it. It's also there as a backup for cloudy periods when you aren't producing much electricity.
Contact us today for a free consultation and estimate for installing a renewable energy system. Begin generating your own electricity! We service Ithaca, Rochester, Syracuse, Auburn, Webster, Lansing, Pittsford, Cortland, Canandaigua, Fairport, and the surrounding New York area.
Chrystalline solar modules can be made from monocrystalline or polycrystalline cells. Together they comprise the vast majority of solar modules on the market today. Monocrystalline cells are made by slicing manmade silicon crystal ingots, or loaves, into wafers. The wafers look like thin pieces of glass. Polycrystalline cells are made similarly, except that the ingot is formed from masses of smaller crystals, not a single crystal. Polycrystalline wafers resemble frost crystals on a window.
Thin film collectors are made by depositing various semiconductor materials in very thin layers on various substrates, including glass and flexible backings. Amorphous crystalline silicon is the most widely used, despite having a lower efficiency than other semiconductors. When the semiconductor material is protected by glass and is not flexible, the thin-film solar collectors are referred to as modules. When the semiconductor material is protected by a flexible cover, thin film solar collectors are called laminates, not modules. Thin film modules and laminates are significantly less efficient than crystalline modules, but their $/watt (DC) cost is lower, too. They are lightweight, too. In fact, laminates weigh up to 10 times less than crystalline modules.
Nevertheless, thin-film modules and laminates account for a small fraction of total solar module sales, partly because they require 2.5 to 4 times more roof space to produce the same kW-hr/yr output. The residential applications that have drawn the greatest interest for thin film PV are standing seam metal roofs and 'solar shingles.' Many people like the concept, even though they get less electricity from them than they would from an array of modular solar electric collectors of the same area.
Solar electric systems are clean, reliable systems that produce electricity from the sun. Most systems meet 70-110% of their client's annual electric needs. In addition to being an important step towards sustainability, they are a good investment and provide security against future energy costs.
Residential: $.35 per watt up to 25kW Commercial: $.40 per watt up to 50kW and $0.30 per watt from 50kW to 200kW
Federal Tax Credit
Solar PV, uncapped at 30%
NY State Tax Credit
25%, up to $5,000
Take a look at a time-lapse video of the installation process of a ground mounted solar panel system in NY.
Sonnen designs the smartest and safest solar battery systems, keeping homes running no matter what — even during a power outage. Sonnen has manufactured 50,000 cobalt-free batteries since 2010, making them the global pioneer in energy storage technology. With superior craftsmanship, an unbeatable manufacturer's warranty, and seamless integration, you can have absolute confidence in sonnen's solar battery systems.
Sonnen's reliable eco and ecoLinx energy storage units reduce your carbon footprint and keep the lights on when paired with one of our solar panel systems.
The sonnen eco energy storage system provides clean, safe, and long-lasting energy and security to your home.
Benefits of the eco solar battery system:
Sonnen's ecoLinx is a revolutionary innovation in energy storage, as it integrates clean electricity with home automation and intelligent, safe solar battery technology.
Benefits of the ecoLinx solar battery system:
When it comes to developing a safe, efficient, and eco-friendly solar energy system, chemistry is king. As a sonnen Preferred Contractor, Halco is certified to provide high-quality service and stands by the lithium-iron-phosphate technology in all sonnen products — which are recognized for their stability, durability, performance, and environmental friendliness.
Environmentalists and other green-living advocates used to be the main cheerleaders for renewable energy. But today renewable energy has entered the mainstream of energy options for homes and businesses. Several factors are making renewable energy systems more attractive than ever before:
Solar panels may not only save you money each month, but in addition, investing in solar has the potential to increase the value of your home.
There are tax credits and grants available to homeowners that invest in renewable energy systems for their homes. You can reduce your federal taxes by 30% of the cost of installing a geothermal heat pump or solar energy system thanks to the tax credits renewed in the Inflation Reduction Act. To learn more about these and other tax credits and incentives available, visit our incentives and rebates page.
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Halco's Renewable Energy Division specializes in designing and installing clean, reliable renewable solar panel systems for residential clients throughout Central New York, including the Ithaca, Rochester, and Syracuse metro areas.
Specifically, we specialize in solar electric, solar heating, and geothermal heating systems. These systems are reliable, responsible, and more affordable than ever. With our extensive knowledge and significant experience designing and building these systems in New York, we are excited to meet your needs and make your home more comfortable and sustainable.
We are your resource for renewable energy in the Finger Lakes including Ithaca, Rochester, Syracuse, Auburn, Webster, Lansing, Pittsford, Cortland, Canandaigua, Fairport, , and the surrounding cities and towns. We also install insulation and energy-efficient water heaters and provide heating and cooling, plumbing, and electrical services.
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