Frequently Asked Questions
About Solar

Frequently Asked Questions to address comments/concerns about energy and solar power near you!

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What are the top benefits of installing a solar energy system?

 

1. Cost-Effective: Reduced electricity cost and makes a predictable electric bill.

2. Tax Savings: Financial incentives for installation which may include Federal and State tax credits.

3. Home Value: Can increase the property value when it’s a solar panel system purchase. Wouldn’t you be willing to pay more for a home that had a lower cost to maintain? Imagine if your home’s value increased by 3.74% if you added solar to your home.

4. Sustainability: By reducing our dependence on fossil fuel-based energy from the utility company, we can prevent the release of air pollutants that are harmful to both the environment and public health.

5. Provides Protection: Solar panels can provide protection for your roof, and from the sun. Solar carports, for example, can provide shade and a covered parking lot for cars.

6. Power Grid Demand: By going solar, you can reduce your energy demand on your power grid during peak demand times.

7. Low Maintenance: Solar systems typically require very little maintenance; they are incredibly durable and easily accessible for service and repair.

What are the disadvantages of installing a solar energy system?

 


1. Costs: There is an initial investment, but property owners can reduce the cost with solar incentives, a lower electric bill, and numerous financing solutions.

2. How it Looks: Some individuals don’t like the aesthetics that come with solar panels. However, there are newer panels that are available, which may even accentuate the look of your home.

3. Impacts to Efficiencies: Some residential and commercial properties have aspects about them that hinder the performance of their solar energy systems.

For example:

  •  Poor roof design - with too many vents or corners that makes it difficult to maximize space to fit solar panels.

  •  Poor positioning - South-facing roofs typically are best since they maximize the exposure to the sun.

  • Weather - Solar panels work efficiently in most weather conditions unless it is extraordinarily cloudy or an area without a lot of sunlight.

Does solar energy work when the power goes out?

Solar panels alone won't work during a power outage—but when paired with solar battery storage, they can. 
 

A grid-tied system is usually the preferable option for people wishing to save money using solar panels. If you build an energy storage system, you may still have backup power even when the grid is down. Because you won’t need as many batteries as with an off-grid solution, the cost will be lower.

Installing one or two solar batteries will enable you to store any unused electricity generated by your solar system. You’ll then be able to use that power without placing utility personnel at risk if the power system goes down.

Will I ever need to replace my solar panel?

Not likely, but it does happen. Solar panels have been designed to prepare for exposure to harsh outdoor elements. There are first-generation solar panels still in service after 40 years that still produce 75% of their original output. 

Most solar panel companies offer 20, and 25-year equipment warranties as a standard to their solar panels. While warranties are excellent because it helps provide peace-of-mind and brings protection to your solar investment, it is essential to know what your warranty covers.

If there are issues with regards to the performance of the solar panel output and are under-producing, the manufacturer will replace those panels for free.

How long do solar panels take to install?
 

The installation itself should take less than 6 hours.

The entire process of going solar, however, may take a bit more time. For most the experience process spans from finding the right solar installer, getting a quote, evaluating financing, to having a site assessment all before the installation itself takes place.

Will installing panels damage my roof?
 

Short answer - No. The technology has gotten much better where the chance of this happening is much less than before.

 

If there is an issue, it is typically during the installation and workmanship warranties are offered by the company who sold you the solar PV system.

 

Workmanship warranties will cover any labor-related defects, such as damage to your roof or other parts of your home or property as a result of a solar system installation.