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Author: Nicole Duggan

Solar Simplified: How Does It Work?

Remember being a kid and touching the small rectangle on the corner of your calculator
with your finger, while watching the numbers dance and disappear on the top panel?
We do. What may have looked like magic then, is actually an intricate technological
process in which PV cells convert sunlight directly into electricity. This is the same
technology that solar panels use today.

What does this mean exactly? Why is it important to know? We’re here to break down
what’s behind the technology that is revolutionizing how we produce and use energy:
PV, or photovoltaic, (photo, meaning light, and voltaic, meaning electricity) cells are
groups of cells that are connected electrically and packaged into a frame, which we call
Solar Panels.

When light strikes these cells a portion of the light is absorbed by a semiconductor in
the PV panel. Usually, semiconductors are made up of silicon cells. These cells convert
photons (units of light) to electrons. The energy passed on moves the electrons around,
letting them lose and allowing them to flow freely, which turns them into DC (direct
current) electricity.

The metal contacts that you usually see on the top and bottom of solar panels are there
so that the current can be drawn to an external one. That DC electricity then travels to
an inverter where it is turned into AC (alternating current) electricity.

After, AC electricity travels to a distribution network, which allows you to use it to power
your home. The most interesting part is that if your home generates more energy than
is being consumed, the extra electricity will get fed back into the national grid, allowing
you to receive financial rewards for the electricity your home generates.
Why is this information important? Because it’s simpler than it seems, and the more you
know the more you can understand what is happening when it’s time to do maintenance
on your solar panels. Knowledge is power; we want you to know every detail to make
sure that power always comes back to you.

7 Cheap Ways to Create a More Sustainable Home Environment

You’d think that for a company that specializes on solar energy we’d only be focused on getting you to buy the products we sell. But we’ve said it from the outset, and we’ll say it again: our goal goes beyond our own profit. You don’t need to buy solar panels, an electric car, or even expensive, organic food to make a difference. Here are some inexpensive changes you can make at home that will save you time and money, while you help make the world a healthier and more sustainable place.

Good landscaping can save energy

Structures are everything. How you structure your day can change its outcome, how we structure a city can change the way people live. So why not consider what the structure of your immediate landscape is like? According to the Energy Department, “A well-designed landscape not only can add beauty to your home but also can reduce your heating and cooling costs. A well-placed tree, shrub, or vine can deliver effective shade, act as a windbreak, and reduce your energy bills.”

Turn It Off

The concept is as simple as the title of this section, just turn it off. Think about the amount of times you leave the water running while brushing your teeth, or how long certain spaces in your home remain lit without anyone inhabiting them. Turning it off also means unplugging. For example, leaving your computer or cellphone charger plugged to the wall consumes unnecessary energy, even if your devices are not connected, and increases your energy bill substantially.

Exchange Incandescent bulbs for LED lightbulbs

Many are reluctant to make the switch to LED light bulbs because of their price. It’s true, compared to incandescent light bulbs the product in itself is more expensive, but in the long run, you’ll be saving much more. LEDs tend to use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting, meaning you’ll immediately notice the benefits on your electricity bill.

Compost

In addition to creating your own compost for your garden, while simultaneously reducing waste, you’ll be helping conserve energy. Communities everywhere use different methods of energy pumping and water treatment for cleaning the waste that we dispose of from pipes and water sources. The more waste water treatment the higher everyone’s water bills are. Think about what an entire composting community could do to your energy and water bills.

Buy local

In addition to creating your own compost for your garden, while simultaneously reducing waste, you’ll be helping conserve energy. Communities everywhere use different methods of energy pumping and water treatment for cleaning the waste that we dispose of from pipes and water sources. The more waste water treatment the higher everyone’s water bills are. Think about what an entire composting community could do to your energy and water bills.

Re-use and recycle

We’ve heard this time after time. Even though more and more people are drifting away from buying plastic and paper products, there’s still plenty of things we continue to use them for. Consider whether you can reuse certain containers and get creative with re-purposing. Not only will you be promoting a sustainable environment, but you’ll be saving money on buying products you don’t need. On the other hand, it’s important to create a clear recycling plan that is easy to follow for everyone at home, so that when the time comes it doesn’t feel like a task, but rather like a habit.

Seal Windows

Per the Energy Department, “you can improve the energy efficiency of existing windows by adding storm windows, caulking and weather-stripping, and using window treatments or coverings.” Window treatments and coverings, for instance, prevent heat loss during the winter and heat gain in the summer. Therefore, adjusting the seal on your windows can help you reduce the amount of heat or air-conditioning you’re using, allowing for less energy consumption and more money saved. 

Paris Agreement Created by 197 Countries Made History

Rewind to April 22 of 2016, the day 197 countries, including the U.S, united to address a problem that was and is, larger than any political or cultural difference they may have. By signing the Paris Agreement that day, leaders around the world sent a message loud and clear: it’s time to change.

It was a historical moment not only because of the xxx that the agreement entailed- determining how each country should contribute to lower greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening developing countries ability to cope with the impact of climate change, limiting temperature increases at a global level- but because it was the first time we saw the world recognize the necessity for this kind of plan.

Even after a U.S government decision to withdraw from the agreement a year later, American governors, mayors, and business leaders took it upon themselves to implement the necessary measures to address the crisis. Walmart, GM, Apple, Google, FedEx are just a handful of the top brands committing to solar energy; while California, Massachusetts, Texas, Nevada and Florida are the 5 states with the most solar jobs in the U.S.

Climate change aside, this shows that clean energy is beneficial to many other aspects of society, including the economy. Studies say that 1 out of 50 new jobs added in the U.S in 2016 were created by the solar industry. In a report, the Imperial College of London and Carbon Tracker stated that the demand for coal and oil would peak by 2020. This is because the cost of solar panels and other renewable energy source alternatives has decreased so much over the last decade that it’s become more sustainable, economically, to use them.

All these facts are nothing new for the Dvinci team. We’re constantly studying the development of the industry because we believe it’s time we re-think and unlearn many things we thought were true in the past. There are plenty of incentives for fossil fuel divestment, and we are committed to educating people at the local level, and across the globe, on what those incentives are.

Like many of the top business and government leaders in the U.S and the world, we believe in using conflict to strengthen the relationship with our goal. We provide the resources for solar developers and installers to do their jobs while guaranteeing customers will not only get the most competitive prices but real, quality assistance. This way, we help dismantle the myths surrounding solar energy and what it can do for the world while empowering people by making renewable energy accessible.

Think You Know Dvinci Energy?

Who is Dvinci Energy?

They say you don’t fully know someone until you’ve seen them handle a difficult situation. In these cases, there’s usually two kinds of people: those who choose to be paralyzed by a problem, and those who choose to turn the problem upside down and find the opportunities within.

At Dvinci, we’ve chosen to be the latter from the outset. We are the opportunities we see in the conflicts that arise around us.

Here’s how we do it.

Learning to Teach:

We begin with education. Investing in renewable energy is an opportunity to educate people on how their actions affect the world they live in. We recognize that to teach more, we must be willing to learn more. So, we’ve developed educational programs to ensure millennial professionals working with us not only learn the importance of sustainable energy, but also the importance of living a sustainable life.

But what is a sustainable life? Sustainability means balance; it means endurance and maintenance. To be sustainable one must learn to adapt to different circumstances. That flexibility, when facing a challenge, is imperative to find a solution. We teach the brightest minds to think about their daily actions like they would think about solving the energy crisis or climate change. You can’t sit still and wait for the world to remove the obstacles from your path.

 

Thinking global, acting local:

We at Dvinci Energy chose to see climate change as an opportunity for people to re-imagine how we structure many aspects of a globalized society. You can’t look at climate change based solely on its effect on the environment. Think of the Earth as someone whose cells have been smoking cigarettes for more than 100 years. Her body is now polluted and the sickness has influenced every organ in her body. At an economic, social and even political level, renewable energy has become a necessary, disruptive power.

At Dvinci we want to create a service type world, rather than a manufacturing world. We focus on creating partnerships with local manufacturers, installers, and developers- to be the link that connects them- so that the impact begins with them. Instead of trickle-down, we believe in trickle-up: meaning that to build more thriving and sustainable economies- at national and international levels- we must hand back the power to local businesses.

By making room for dialogue between us and local businesses and communities, we get to learn from them as much as they do from us. After all, their needs drive our goals.

 

Promoting Connectivity:

When you give back to local businesses you are helping foment a positive relationship with their communities. In this way, Dvinci works to deepen communication and connectivity between individuals in those communities.

You might wonder why connectivity is such an important factor. After all, aren’t we more connected to each other than we have ever been thanks to technology? The answer is yes, and no. Think of a tree. As it grows the branches may spread out in all directions, but its roots must remain grounded, connected to the soil, for it to live.

At Dvinci Energy we go back to the roots of human interaction. We do everything with a customer-centric approach. Technology allows us to communicate faster and more efficiently, but that doesn’t mean it has made communication better. Fostering good communication by being accessible to our customers not only lets us give more than we get, which is our goal, but we also get to remind people of what being connected truly means.

 

Where there’s a gap, we want to fill it. Where there’s a perspective that needs changing, we’ll switch sides, walk back and forth, examine every angle. Our motivation is the opportunity. The opportunity to educate. To change how we connect with each other. To heal so that we can continue to grow.

Think you know us now?

How Dvinci Energy Began

The Beginning

Nothing evolves by staying the same. It’s a simple, and almost obvious, observation. Everything around us works within cycles of change. Trees change with the seasons, markets fluctuate every day, people change over time and, thus, so do our realities.

Dvinci Energy was born out of the realization that for a company, a community, a planet to thrive, it must learn to adapt. After working with top leaders in the solar industry, Dvinci Energy’s CEO and Founder Walid Halty realized that if the world was going to change its ways, the companies that led the revolution had to change as well. We must be the round peg in the square hole, with the vivacity to step out of the mold.

Ask yourself this question:

Why fracture your energy by trying to do everything yourself when you can focus all of it on connecting the dots- on empowering those who have the knowledge and expertise- to help you achieve the same goal?

In such an interconnected world, isolation doesn’t make much sense, right? That’s why our mission is to decentralize power by connecting, building, and empowering communities with 100% renewable energy. By developing strategic partnerships with reputable, local installation companies and developers, not only do we guarantee top quality, customer-centric service, but we are making sure communities grow from within.

In other words, you can’t grasp the meaning of a masterpiece by ignoring the strokes of the paintbrush.

When we talk about renewable energy were not just speaking about a sustainable way to power the planet. We’re looking at the way we invest our energy in everything we do. Our goal is bold. And by that, we mean that our mission is bigger than us. Our purpose is bigger than success and it certainly is bigger than business or money. It’s about reminding everyone in the world of the possibility, the necessity, for progress.

And yes, we know that’s 7 billion people to reach. That’s why we understand that it begins with us, the people; with how we see the world as individuals, and how we work collectively to achieve the same goal.

We decided it was time to dismantle the way solar energy companies work so that we could free the world from outdated processes that should have disappeared a long time ago. We believe in common sense and human being’s capacity for it.

We believe in having the empathy to understand where we come from, and the boldness to change where we’re going. We believe that renewal is the natural answer; that every turning-point in history was born at the hands of those who saw the need for change and became it.

We invite you to become the change; to help us Empower & Be Empowered.