(TEMPE, Ariz.) – June 21, 2018 – The Summer Solstice marks the onset of summer and the longest day of the year. And according to Sunny Energy, an Arizona-based residential solar company, a “solarific” reason to celebrate all that is great about the Arizona sunshine.
“Our team thrives in the sunshine and we see this day as an opportunity to celebrate the fact that there are nearly 4-1/2 hours more sunshine today than on Dec. 21,” said Joe Cunningham, Sunny Energy’s director of operations. “The Summer Solstice is OUR biggest holiday.”
Cunningham said there are some other things you should know:
- There are more than 100,000 residential solar energy systems in Arizona.
- June 21 is only one second longer than June 20, but it is four hours, 26 minutes and six seconds (15,966 seconds or 45 percent) longer than December 21, 2018. Sunrise to sunset on Dec. 21 is 9:56:10 and on June 21 it’s 14:22:16.
- The average sun-hours in Phoenix is 6.58. This means that there is an average of 6.58 kWh per square meter from the sun each day of the year.
- Putting this into perspective, a 1,000 square-foot roof (about 93 square meters) will receive an average of 612 kWh of solar energy every day, but the home may only use 50 to 100 kWh of electric energy each day. A solar PV system can help you put that energy to work so that you don’t have to purchase as much from utilities like APS or SRP.
- There is an average of 65 percent more solar energy available in the Phoenix area during the month of June than there is in December, the month when we typically have the least amount of solar energy.
- Location, orientation to the sun’s path, the tilt of solar panels in relation to the sun, temperature, the type of solar panels used, the type of inverter used, the quality of the installation and how well it is maintained and cleaned all contribute to how much energy is produced.
- This is why it’s important to have an experienced team design and install solar systems.
- The word solstice comes from the Latin word for Sun, or sol, and sistere, which means to come to a stop or stand still.
- On the day of the summer solstice, the Sun reaches its northernmost position as seen from the Earth.
- All over the world, the solstice happens at the same time.
- It’s the day in which the earth is the farthest from the sun throughout the course of the year.
- Although you have the most sunlight on this day, it is not the hottest day of the year. This day comes a few weeks or months after the solstice because it takes time for the oceans and landmasses to warm up, which leads to higher air temperatures.
- The day is celebrated all throughout the world with different dances, traditions, rituals, feasts and more to give thanks to the changing of the seasons and the beginning of the warmest period of the year.
Sunny Energy is a residential solar company that is dedicated to helping homeowners save money on their electric bills. The company focuses on delivering superior performance by using the best design, installation, equipment, and financing options to ensure the best combination of value and performance. Each project is customized to provide homeowners with the most advantageous option to produce their own clean and inexpensive energy. With offices in Arizona, California and Texas, Sunny Energy provides solar installation, battery storage, energy management, financing and service and repair. The company has been named one of the top solar contractors in the United States by Solar Power World magazine for the last three years.
PV (photovoltaic) systems produce electricity from sunlight. Most people have used a solar powered calculator or garden light, and seen solar panels on roadside signs, but PV panels can be configured to produce enough energy to power a home, school, business, or even serve as a small power plant feeding electricity into the grid. As the cost of PV systems has declined sharply over the last few years, more and more households, municipalities, and companies are “going solar.”
For more information, call (480) 257-3283 or visit www.sunnyenergy.solar