Solar Energy

Civilizations have harnessed solar energy over the centuries, all using different methods. Solar energy is the most readily available renewable energy on Earth, however only a slight percentage of it is used. Solar energy can be used to heat both homes and water. Wesco can provide you with a Solar energy solution to augment your current heating system. Today's solar systems are very affordable and have a short return-on-investment. In addition, both the Federal and Local Governments are providing rebates for solar initiatives. We will monitor such programs and make that available on this internet site. Not only will you save money on energy costs, but you'll also reduce the use of fossil fuels.

Solar Hot Water

  • Proven Technology

  • Reduce Carbon Emissions

  • 30% Federal Tax Credit

  • 20%-30% Savings on Heating Fuel

  • Affordable Systems Under $10,000

  • Virtually Free Energy for the Life of the System

Solar energy can be converted to thermal (or heat) energy and used to

  • Heat water – for use in homes, buildings, or swimming pools
  • Heat spaces – inside greenhouses, homes, and other buildings

Solar energy can be converted to electricity in two ways

  • Photovoltaic (PV devices) or “solar cells” – change sunlight directly into electricity. PV systems are often used in remote locations that are not connected to the electric grid. They are also used to power watches, calculators, and lighted road signs
  • Solar Power Plants - indirectly generate electricity when the heat from solar thermal collectors is used to heat a fluid which produces steam that is used to power generator. Out of the 15 known solar electric generating units operating in the United States at the end of 2006, 10 of these are in California, and 5 in Arizona. No statistics are being collected on solar plants that produce less than 1 megawatt of electricity, so there may be smaller solar plants in a number of other states

Green Tips

  • A programmable thermostat can save on average 10% on heating/cooling costs

  • Up to 20% of a house’s heating/cooling is lost through inadequate insulation and drafting through doors and windows

  • A plasma TV costs the average user $160 per year to operate

  • Leaving chargers plugged-in uses electricity, even if not connected to electronic equipment

  • Replacing older appliances with newer Energy Star models can save a substantial amount of energy. Today’s models are incredibly efficient

  • Replacing one incandescent light bulb with an energy efficient fluorescent light bulb, would result in a savings of $650 million for one year

  • Sending 10,000 bills electronically, instead of paper, would save 3700 pounds of paper