Residential Solar Energy Systems

Solar energy has emerged as a popular energy source for businesses and homeowners because of its minimal effects on the environment and its return on investment over time.

Solar panels or systems often use a technology called photovoltaic power, which is effective in large areas with direct sunlight (no tree cover).  “Photovoltaic” means that the energy from sunlight is converted into energy.  The panels are typically mounted on a roof or on the ground.

Photovoltaic (PV) panels/modules are organized structures of cells.  As the sun shines through each cell, loose electrons become excited (energized).  The presence of different layers of charge trap these electrons into a thin pathway out of the cell, through the panel, and into an inverter.  At this point, the electrons are transformed from Direct Current (DC) into Alternating Current (AC), which is the form of electricity used by the energy grid.

Solar Installation at City Hall Campus
In spring of 2019, the City of Roseville completed its project, in partnership with iDeal Energies, to build a solar PV system on the City Hall campus.  Solar panels are now fully operational at City Hall, the Fire Station, and the Maintenance Facility, a total system of 205 kW.  Read more about the project and installation on the Solar Energy page. 
Solar Installation on City Hall Campus
Installing Residential Solar Photovoltaic (PV) Systems
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SolSmart Recognition Program
SolSmart is a nationally recognized program which encourages cities to make it faster, easier, and more affordable to grow solar energy not only for the cities, but for residents.

SolSmart has three levels of designation.  SolSmart Bronze, Silver, and Gold designate increasing levels of encouragement and application of solar energy. Whichever level a city has achieved, the program recognizes cities which have demonstrated a commitment to solar energy by taking tangible steps toward integrating solar energy into their city.

To help communities achieve designation, SolSmart provides no-cost technical assistance from a team of national experts who work to evaluate programs and practices that impact solar markets, and identify high-prospect opportunities for improvement.

As of August 6th, 2019, the City of Roseville has been recognized as a Gold level city, the highest designation possible from the program.  The City has also received a Special Recognition Award in the Inspections category of the program, earning over 60% of the points possible.