Debunking Misconceptions About Solar Energy

With solar energy becoming more popular, many misconceptions about the sustainable source are becoming more and more concerning for homeowners and businesses. There are fears that the risk won’t be worth the reward because of the myths that surround this type of energy. However, these myths aren’t as serious or as true as they seem.

One very common misconception about solar panels is that they won’t work in any weather condition except for sunny and bright. Solar panels do not rely on the temperature to work, rather than the sun’s rays. The sun rays can still shine on the solar panels on cloudy, rainy, and snowy days, as long as sunlight can reach the panels. The panels may not produce as much energy on these days as others, but the energy is still being harnessed. Solar panels are also built to be on a tilt so that snow and rain can run off them.

Selling your home with solar panels installed is not a deterrent for buyers, it is actually a very desired product on the market right now. Installing solar panels increases your home’s value over time, and many buyers seek out houses with already installed solar panels so that they do not have to make the switch themselves.

Solar panels pay for themselves over time, as they increase the value in your home while decreasing your monthly utility bill.

For more information, check out our website or fill out the form below to book a FREE consultation to know if you are eligible for Solar Panels on your home.


How are Solar Panels Installed?

More than a million homes have already gone solar in the U.S., and many more homeowners are considering installing solar. If you’re in the market for solar, you probably want to know what actually happens during a solar panel installation, or even how to install solar panels yourself.

There are 7 main steps that need to happen after you sign your solar contract before the solar panels on your roof can actually power your home, and a lot of it is behind the scenes.

  1. Install Solar Panel Mounts
    The solar panel mounting system has to be set up. This will support the base of the solar panels. The whole mounting structure must be tilted and have an angle between 18 to 36 degrees to have maximum sunlight exposure.
  2. Install the Solar Panels
    When the mounts are set up, the solar panel itself has to be installed on the mounting structure. All the bolts and nuts need to be tight, so that it stays stable.
  3. Wire the Solar Panels
    The next step in the installation process is to install the electrical wiring. In most cases, MC4 connectors are used because they are suited for all types of solar panels. At this point, the installer makes sure to shut off the household’s electricity supply during the wiring installation.
  4. Install Solar Inverter
    After that, the solar inverter must be connected to the system. It is typically installed near the main panel and it could be both indoors and outdoors. Inverters are more efficient if kept in a cooler place.
  5. Bond Solar Inverter and Solar Battery
    Thereafter, the solar inverter has to be connected to the solar battery. The solar battery storage can save you from worrying about the lack of usable energy during cloudy times, it can also lower the solar battery storage system costs during installation.
  6. Connect the Inverter to the Consumer Unit
    The inverter should be connected to the consumer unit to generate electricity. A generation meter should also be connected to monitor the amount of electricity the solar panels actually produce. Depending on the solar provider you use, you can use your computer or other device to check your solar system’s performance. With Palmetto, we have our own app that can be easily tracked and used.
  7. Start and Test Solar Panels
    The final step is to switch the power on and test the newly installed solar panel system. After that, the solar panel installation process is completed.

Solar Panel Maintenance
Since there are no moving parts, solar panels require very little maintenance. Once you have covered the installation cost of solar panels there are not many costs associated with maintaining them. Having said that, you should inspect them a few times per year for dirt or some other things that might have piled on top. It is important that the panels are clean and there is nothing blocking them from efficiently absorbing the sun.

For more information, check out our website or fill out the form below to book a FREE consultation to know if you are eligible for Solar Panels on your home.

GraySquare Shares with Victor Cabrera

Read along to learn more about our star leader Victor Cabrera. He has been a great team player that brings humor wherever he goes.

What do you do here?
I’m a retail account executive, at this moment I’m working on a campaign for one of our well known clients Verizon.

Victor Cabrera – Retail Account Executive

What were you doing before joining GraySquare?
I was living in New York City. I was managing MetroPCS Stores for about four years.

What brought you to GraySquare?
Today I’m part of GraySquare because I was amazed by everyone’s hunger to grow and be successful. GraySquare has helped me to see my potential and what I’m capable of.

What do you like about you jobs ?
I get to meet new people, learn new skills, and help others to grown as a team.

Goals for 2021
So my goals for 2021 is to grow my team and help others develop into leaders. And another thing I want to accomplish is to be able to buy my Tesla.

Fun fact about yourself
I love Pokémon cards and  Transformers

What favorite quote that inspires you
Success begins with a state of mind, if you want success start thinking of yourself as a success.

GraySquare Shares with Johanny Vargas

Read along to learn more about our star leader Johanny Varges. She has been a great team member with a strong student mentality and an optimistic attitude.

What you do here?
My role at this moment is as a Retail Campaign Executive. My responsibility is to interview, train, and show consistency  with my clients.

Johanny Vargas – Retail Executive

What were you doing before joying GraySquare?
I’m new to Philly. I recently moved over from Long Island, NY. Back in NY, I was working as a cook for a Italian catering place and I also did some photography for school portraits and senior graduations. Unfortunately due to the virus, my job stability had a turndown.

What brought you to GraySquare?
Once I walked through the doors I noticed the professionalism and determination in my team. I chose GraySquare because it showed me that I have the opportunity to learn new skills to move forward other positions and grow within the company. My last three weeks here have been an incredible experience. My whole team truly wants me to grow and succeed.

What do you like about your job?
What makes my role significant to me is that I have challenges. Also and most importantly that I can help others to grow and believe in themselves.

Goals for 2021?
For this year I have many goals and hopes, one of them is to work towards my self development and growth. Also to grow a strong motivated team and develop great leaders. And of course, get to know more of this historic and full of talented individuals city, which I get to love more and more each day.

Fun fact about me?
Since I was a teen, I always dreamed of being a cellist. If I could change my career in the blink of an eye, I will definitely choose to be a well known worldwide Dominican cellist.

Favorite quote?
“You don’t have to be perfect, but you do have to be 100% committed” by AOC. I believe that everything we put our work into will bring us results. I’m more focus on being fruitful then just busy. I like to take risks in life, and discover new things. If is for self improvement is for me.

Tips On Writing An Eye-Catching Resume

One of the key factors that will land you an interview is the first impression from your resume. You have one page to grab the attention of the person who is reading it and demonstrate how experienced you are. One page may not feel like enough to demonstrate your talents, but there are key elements of a resume that demonstrate a lot to a job recruiter. 

One of the key elements of a good resume is explaining a problem, how you fixed this problem, and then the result. Job recruiters love seeing action and result in a resume. For example, “I posted a TikTok that gained 300,000 views, which increased engagement on the account by 2,000%.” Job recruiters want clear results of what you have done in prior experience from what you write on your resume. (Using action verbs is a huge green flag for job recruiters as well).

Your resume should also be extremely easy to read, so design it for skimmability. Your job recruiter does not want to spend a lot of time reading your resume, so they want it short and to the point. Your experience needs to be relevant for the job at hand, so choose the most relevant and most recent for the job you want. 

For more information check out our tiktok video explaining more about this topic:

Best Practices On How To Clean Your Solar Panels

There is a frequently thought about question when it comes to solar panels and it is how to adopt a productive solar panel maintenance routine and the requirements across what you need to clean them with. A bit of dust might not have an effect because light can still get through. They recommend that you let nature take its course, as rain will accomplish most of the task of solar panels cleaning.

Firstly, it must be noted that there are many different types of solar panels and they all differ slightly from one another. Different solar providers may advise different cleaning methods, so it may be a good idea to check with the solar manufacturer or company that you purchased your panels to ensure you’re aligning with their specific cleaning requirements.

How to determine is cleaning your solar panels worthwhile?
If you’ve had solar panels for a more than a year, you’ve most likely noticed how their energy production varies from month to month due to weather changes and the sun’s changing position overhead as the seasons progress. With a little bit of experience monitoring your solar array, you’ll learn how much fluctuation to expect over the course of a year. If you start noticing reduced output at a time when weather patterns seem on par with what you’ve come to expect, dirty panels could be the main factor.

Ideally, you want to clean your panels in a way that tips the balance between cost, effort, and the potential efficiency improvements in your favor. If it seems clear that your panels need to be cleaned one way or another, the next step is to determine the best way.

Tips on Cleaning your Solar Panels

  • Cleaning your solar panels shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg, nor should it be an overly complicated process. When it’s possible, spraying them off from the ground is easiest and best. But the stickier the build-up, the more likely it is that you’ll need cleaning tools and supplies to wipe your panels down from up close.
  • For heavier build-up, use soft scrubbers, mild soapy water, and a squeegee to wash your solar panels
  • For minimal surface soiling made up mostly of dust, try hosing your solar panels off from the ground

Tips on Cleaning your Solar Panels

  1. Fill your bucket with clean water and add a small amount of soap.
  2. Rinse solar panels with clean water to clear away loose dirt.
  3. Use soft scrubber and soapy water from the bucket—or mixing sprayer—to gently wash the surface of the panels.
  4. Rinse solar panels with clean water from the hose a second time.
  5. Squeegee panels dry.
  6. Follow the same process, changing your position as needed, until all panels are clean.

For more information, check out our website or fill out the form below to book a FREE consultation to learn if you are eligible for Solar Panels on your home.

How To Prepare For Your Interview Without Much Experience

Preparing for an interview is nerve wracking, but especially if you have little to no experience in the job world. This blog post is going to give basic advice on how to prepare for your interview for a job you really want.

One tactic I have found to be extremely helpful in the interviewing process is learning about everything the company does, what it sells, and learning the brand persona. This essentially means profiling the company and how it presents itself, and then positioning yourself as a person the interviewer could see as working for this company. That is how you get your foot in the door during your first interview, which is generally a phone interview or a recorded one. This can be extremely hard to differentiate yourself from your competition because they tend to be generic questions during this part of the interview process, but showing you did your research on the company can be a game changer.

Now, if you have little to no interviewing experience, a great tactic to prepare for an interview for a job you truly want is to take every interview for a job you may not want as much. These tend to be low stress situations because there is less at stake, and you get more comfortable in an interview setting. Interviewers tend to look for people who feel confident in themselves. 

Some more helpful tips on this subject can be found from our Instagram post.

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GraySquare Shares with Jesse Beam

Introducing our newest member in our Solar campaign under GraySquare Energy, Jesse Beam.

Introducing our newest member in our Solar campaign under GraySquare Energy, Jesse Beam.

“Jesse is going to be a real superstar in this industry! He’s focused, selfless, hard-working, tenacious, and has a terrific student mentality. Some people just have a knack for greatness – he has the “IT” factor” – Tim Koontz, Campaign Manager

Jesse Beam – Solar Energy Consultant

What do you do here?
I am a Solar Energy Consultant in our Palmetto Solar campaign with GraySquare Energy.

What were you doing before joining GraySquare?
I have a varied background, which has allowed me to view business operations from many angles and be highly adaptable in how I contribute to a company. Before GraySquare, I worked to drive sales and enhance marketing for companies in the transportation sector. I learned relationship building and ingenuity from working in large scale grocery and retail brokerage firms. Additionally, I handled data and compliance operations for an industry leading company. Most recently, I worked as a data team lead organizing a political campaign. 

What brought you to GraySquare?
The people. There is infectious positivity and sense of direction at the company. The motivated and capable people make for a thriving work environment. 

What do you like about your job?
I like knowing that there are challenges and obstacles to overcome. The fun in the job is finding strategies and behaviors to overcome these difficulties. This job has already allowed me to grow personally and professionally. 

Goal(s) for 2021
Come holiday season, I want to be the person giving the best gifts. I have this goal because not only would I have to do well financially to obtain it, but I would have that many personal connections to appreciate. 

Fun fact about yourself
I won an Oreo stacking contest in elementary school. 

Your favorite quote that inspires you
“The more I work and practice, the luckier I seem to get.” -Gary Player

GraySquare Shares with Jacqueline Grace

Congratulations to Jacqueline Grace on her promotion to Account Executive and getting voted as People’s Champ on the same week! Read along to learn a bit more about our star leader and what motivates her to grow.

Congratulations to Jacqueline Grace on her promotion to Account Executive and getting voted as People’s Champ on the same week! Read along to learn a bit more about our star leader and what motivates her to grow.

Jacqueline Grace – Account Executive

What do you do here?
I am an Account Executive that works in direct sales for Verizon Fios.

What were you doing before joining GraySquare?
Working with GraySquare is my first full-time job out of college! I graduated from Temple University in December of 2020 with a degree in public relations and started working here right after graduation . 

What brought you to GraySquare?
Opportunity! I knew GraySquare would be a place that would allow me the opportunity to learn and grow within the company. I learn something new everyday and I am excited about the opportunities ahead of me as I continue my journey as an AE and work to move into higher leadership roles. 

What do you like about your job?
I love the team atmosphere and culture of GraySquare! Everyone on the team is so positive and supportive of one another which creates a fun and encouraging space to work.

Goal(s) for 2021.
My professional goals are to build my own team and continue to work towards future promotions. I am excited to see how much I can accomplish this year! 

Fun fact about yourself
I am a huge pop culture fan! I love everything about media and pop culture & often find myself a little too invested in celebrity drama. 

Your favorite quote that inspires you
“No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world” – Dead Poets Society 

Solar Panels during the Winter | Why It Is The Best Time To Go Solar.

GraySquare Energy explains how winter weather can be the best time for solar. Find out about solar performance in snow and winter PV installations.

Many people wonder what happens to solar panels and their performance when the winter
months hits. But you have nothing to worry about. The cold temperature will typically
improve solar panel output. The white snow can also reflect light and help improve PV
performance. Winter will only hurt solar production if the panels are covered with snow.

Solar panels are built at an angle to optimize the intake of the sun’s UV rays, which also helps to reduce snow build up as the majority of snow can slide off or be easily removed. You can take control of the situation by getting a solar panel snow rake or similar tool made for solar panel snow removal that won’t damage the panels.

There are a few things you need to make sure you know about your solar panels in winter

  1. All solar panels are designed to bear a certain amount of weight and snow will usually not be heavy enough to cause issues. 
  2. If snow covers your panels, they can’t produce power – but it’s easy to clean them off with the right equipment. 
  3. Cold, sunny weather is actually good for panels. Winter months are actually good for solar energy production, as long as your panels aren’t covered by snow. Like most electronics, solar panels function more efficiently in cold conditions than in hot. This means that your panels will produce more power for each precious hour of sunshine during the short days of winter.

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