How to shut down your house, apartment and business in under five minutes
The average home will have about 1,500 to 1,800 solar panels on it, but the average solar panel has only a 1,000 watt capacity, according to a report from solar company Alpha Shutters.
The company said the average home in the U.S. had about 1.8 acres of solar panels, but that number has gone down to about 1 acre.
There’s been a huge drop in the number of homes that have solar panels installed in the last year, and Alpha shutters has been working to reduce the number, said Brad Miller, Alpha’s CEO.
Miller said the company is currently working with utilities, state regulators, and solar developers to install more solar panels in homes and businesses.
“We are taking a holistic approach to reduce power consumption, reducing CO2 emissions, and reducing the cost of solar,” Miller said.
“In the last five years, our customers have seen a 20% decrease in their energy bills, and they’re saving millions of dollars.”
Miller said Alpha is now looking at getting its solar system up and running on a grid in five minutes or less.
“When you look at what the average homeowner in the United States spends, it is $30,000 or $40,000 for a home and the average consumer spends $300 a month on electricity,” he said.
Miller noted that solar is also a relatively cheap way to cut carbon emissions and provide electricity, compared to gas or diesel.
The price of solar energy is currently around $4 per watt, but Miller said that the average price of power is now $2.50 per watt.
Miller also noted that most homeowners have already installed their panels and are paying off their energy costs.
“It’s a great time to install solar, but it’s also a great opportunity for you to reduce your energy bills,” he added.
Miller is hoping to have solar systems installed in about a quarter of the homes in the first quarter of 2019.
Alpha shuttered its doors in November 2019, but has been operating as a subsidiary of SolarCity, which has said that it will continue to work with solar companies on their business and marketing.
The solar panel company said it has a long history of working with local governments and utility companies to provide more efficient, affordable energy.
“The solar industry is a great example of how the power of innovation can bring economic prosperity to communities,” said SolarCity Chief Financial Officer Brian Johnson.
“At Alpha shutdowns, we’ve been investing in solar technologies to provide better energy solutions for our customers.”
Johnson also said the shutdowns would give Alpha time to figure out the best way to implement new features in its solar systems.
“Our solar installations were going to be the last to go before the grid went down,” Johnson said.