Your Questions About Solar, Answered.
Browse our FAQs below to learn more about solar panel installation and energy.
Every home and family is different, so the size of your system will depend on your energy needs and roof space. If you keep your thermostat at 75 degrees in the summer, you might need a larger solar system than someone that keeps their thermostat at 82 degrees.
We are a solar energy provider who will design a custom-fit solar system to meet your specific usage needs and routines. Before the home solar panel system is installed, you will have an opportunity to see the design of the final solar energy system.
By generating your own electricity, your electric bill will be significantly lower. Actual savings depend on the size of your solar system and your current electric usage. You may still draw some power from your utility but at a reduced rate. We design a system that is considered the best fit for your home and determine the ideal utility rate for your remaining energy needs.
When you go solar, you can expect lower utility bills. Most people who decide to go solar use a combination of solar power and standard utilities, however, any energy you cut out of your utilities (and it will be cut by quite a lot!) is energy you don’t have to pay for when you purchase your solar system. In addition, any energy you aren’t using can effectively be sold back to the utility agency, often in the form of an energy credit. With solar power, not only are you saving money, but you can also be making money, as well as protecting yourself from rising utility costs in the future. Some states may have additional local benefits, for example, Arizona offers a $1,000 federal income tax credit.
Finally, you can also take advantage of the Federal Solar Tax Credit, which allows you to deduct 26% of the solar panel installation cost!
Fossil fuels are finite in supply, yet they are in continual demand. This is one of the main factors contributing to the world’s current energy crisis. The way we extract and process these materials also comes with a price on the environment.
Solar power take energy directly from the sun, of which (as far as humanity is concerned) we have an endless supply. It is also a much more environmentally healthy option. Furthermore, as solar energy continues to rise in popularity and demand, the technology behind it continues to advance. Many modern assumptions about solar energy are based on outdated forms of this technology. Today, solar panels are efficient, durable, and long-lasting.
Solar panels are made from a variety of materials and components that use sunlight to force electrons off of atoms. These electrons are then magnetically directed by the solar panels, creating a direct electric (DC) current. That current is directed to a solar inverter, which converts the direct current to alternating current (AC). From there, the electricity enters and powers your home.
Solar panels are comprised of:
Photovoltaic (PV) Cells – These are made of silicon. They absorb sunlight in order to knock electrons free of their atoms.
Glass casing sheets – These make the solar panels more durable, protect the PV cells, and keep heat and humidity in the panels low to prevent damage and increase their lifespan.
Standard wire (most often 12v) and bus wire.
We prepare your roof with racks that will hold the solar panels in place. Then, we connect the panels onto the racking equipment and connect them to the wiring of your home.
Typically, the turnaround time for a residential solar project is 6-12 weeks. Factors that determine the actual length of time include the city/county jurisdictions where you live. The actual solar installation takes only a day or two. The estimated project timeline will be included in the proposal given to you at your solar appointment.
Solar panels require almost no maintenance. A good solar panel system that was properly installed can last for decades, and you’ll rarely even need to think about it. Some exceptions would be when they need to be protected from large amounts of dirt, debris, and snow, but in hot southern climates where solar panels are most popular, these conditions are rarely something to worry about.
The solar inverters will need to be changed now and then, but this is only something that needs to be done a few times throughout their lifespan.