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Commonly asked questions on solar
A: Photovoltaic solar panels consist of many solar cells constructed with a positive and a negative layer of silicon, which work together to create an electric field.
Sunlight is composed of energy particles called photons. When photons hit a solar cell, they knock the electrons from their atoms. An electric circuit can be formed by attaching conductors to the positive and negative sides of the solar cell. The electrons will then flow through the circuit to generate electricity. When multiple solar cells are put together, they form a solar panel. A group of solar panels is called a solar array. The more panels you wire together, the more electricity you can generate.
Sunlight hits a solar panel (usually installed on the roof), which convert the energy into DC electricity.
The solar array sends the DC electricity to a battery bank, from which the power is directed to an inverter that converts the DC electricity to AC electricity.
Most solar arrays use optimizers, each optimized for an individual solar panel to maximize output.
A solar array often produces more electricity than you can use during the day. Many homeowners participate in a net metering program that directs the excess electricity to the grid for use elsewhere.
With net metering, you’re billed for the “net” energy you draw off the grid each month –representing the difference between the electricity produced by your solar panel system and the amount of power you consume.
If you generate more electricity than you consume during a billing period, you’ll receive a credit for the electricity you draw from the grid when you use more power than the solar panels can produce during cloudy days or at night.
A: A well-designed and properly installed PV system (photovoltaic system) can last for many decades. PV systems installed in the 1970s are still in operation. Since solar modules have a 25-year power output warranty, most people plan on at least 25 years operation, but the first silicon solar cells made by Bell Laboratories in the 1950s are still operational so 40 to 50 year lifetimes for the early PV systems are not unusual.
A: Solar panels require very little maintenance. You don’t even have to wash your panels – normally, natural patterns of wind and rainfall will do most of the work.
A: All of the equipment used for your installation is backed with industry leading warranties, and we are your point of contact for the lifetime of your system.
A: Solar batteries make storing large quantities of useful, clean energy in your home easy. It ensures that the lights inside stay on, even when the sun is hiding behind a layer of clouds. Many people are now electing to include solar batteries in their homes when they first install a solar panel array.
For homes that aren’t connected to a utility company, a solar battery is the only way to keep your lights and appliances running during cloudy days or at night.
By storing excess solar energy, you’re independent of your local energy grid. Not only will you have the energy you need, but also the ability to sell back any extra to the local power company, earning you money.
For urban areas that are prone to power outages, solar batteries keep your home running.
A: It’s a common misconception that if there are clouds in the sky or as sun as the sunset, your home will suddenly go without power. In reality, your solar panels are working in these conditions as well. During cloudy days, your panels will produce less energy than on clear days. At night, your home will still have power thanks to the energy produced throughout the day. If you choose to use a solar battery, your home can store energy for use at a later date, ensuring you have power even during a particularly cloudy week.
A: The cost of solar varies significantly based on the state you live in as well as other factors including:
- System Size and Quality
- Labor Cost
- Home Type
At the federal level, there are numerous tax credits that allow you to deduct a percentage of your solar panel installation costs. These tax credits can also be applied toward solar batteries and even in-home electric vehicle chargers.
Incentives and rebates at the state level vary from state to state. Typically, most states will offer tax credits that can be stacked on top of your federal tax credits. Indeed, even some counties and cities offer other incentives. It’s best to check your state and local government websites to find out more about these programs.
A: Yes! The question to ask is, ‘how much am I saving with my utility provider?’ Your monthly payment to your utility company is an expense that gives you zero in return. When you switch to solar, every dollar goes towards an investment in your home, and gets you closer to free electricity.
As reliable as your utility company is, you have no control over how much you’re charged, the money you spend doesn’t add any value to your home, and your bills don’t have an end date.
When you send your utility company thousands of dollars a year you’re helping them increase their assets. They’re building more power plants and creating a larger infrastructure, which they use to justify increasing our rates.