Of course, solar panels will drastically reduce your home’s overall energy consumption, including your increasingly costly cooling bill. However, solar panels provide even more savings beyond powering your home with clean, renewable energy.


It turns out, panels on your roof act as a shield to prevent solar heat gain into your attic. This has a measurable impact on your comfort and monthly energy bill. Rather than allow the sun to bake through your roof, panels absorb that heat. The result is a slightly cooler home that takes some of the load off of your AC system.

Researchers at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineers determined that ceilings under solar panels are 5 degrees cooler during the day than under an exposed roof. This can dramatically reduce cooling costs over the system’s lifespan.

In the winter, solar panels have the opposite effect: they would prevent the sun from heating up the home during the day but retain that heat at night, keeping accumulated warmth inside.

Of course, your panels acting as a high-tech Sunbrella is only a minor benefit of going solar.


Solar panels could potentially eliminate your electricity bill. Certain tax credits and incentives can reduce the cost of installing solar panels as well. Once your panels are installed, you can save thousands of dollars per year on your electricity costs.

By getting solar panels, you can enjoy having some of the following benefits.

  • You can use a green energy source
  • Solar panels require little maintenance
  • You can avoid high electricity costs
  • The government provides tax breaks for installing solar panels

Investing in solar energy is simple. With the help of top-rated companies, you can discover financing options and affordable pricing for your new installation. Plus, now through the end of September, get $1,000 cash back when you install a SunPower Equinox system for your home! To learn more about getting solar panels for your home, call HES Solar today at (619) 350-0032.


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Net Energy Metering 3.0 (NEM 3.0) is the incoming law created by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The new tariffs and fees will impact both residential and commercial solar systems built in California. 

As this notice is posted in November of 2022, the Proposed Decision from the CPUC outlining the proposed NEM 3.0 terms is expected soon. This comes after a year’s delay. Once the new agreement is finalized and passed into law, there will exist a designation of the deadline under which new systems will continue to qualify for NEM 2.0 rates. 

The new NEM 3.0 rates will be designed to lower the value of electricity during the daytime hours, when solar is producing, and increase the value of electricity during the evening hours, when solar homes and businesses purchase electricity. In short, NEM 3.0 will create a “sell low, buy high” proposition to new solar system owners. 

To Californians looking to install a solar system on their home or commercial building, the NEM 2.0 rates will be preferred. As of this post, the solar industry does not know the details of how different the NEM 3.0 rates will be from the NEM 2.0 rates. 

Please use the HES Solar website as a resource to learn more, and please take our offer to speak with an HES Solar Energy Consultant at no obligation.

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Robert Laverty

Senior Energy Consultant, Residential

Robert Laverty joined the HES team in the summer of 2018, bringing his ten years of solar design experience and his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Puget Sound with him. Robert is dedicated to finding solutions to help families produce and store electricity in order to reduce their reliance on grid power as well as help reduce their household’s carbon footprint. Robert’s experience as a newspaper editor as well as his involvement with the sustainability-focused Rocky Mountain Institute drives him to constantly seek out innovative ways to meet energy needs through renewable resources as well as helps him share those ideas with Southern California homeowners. When not at work or volunteering time with his church or community, Robert spends time with his wife and two sons or pursues his passion of fly fishing.
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