Frequently Asked Questions About Solar Installation

Does a solar system make financial sense for me?
Definitely !  Solar is cleaner and less expensive than power from the utility company. Solar is also a smart financial investment because you will save money on electrical costs for years to come and increase your home value. Most systems pay for themselves in 5-7 years.

What happens at night, or when the weather turns cloudy?
Since the amount of power your solar system generates is a direct result of sunlight, it will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy. Your system will not produce any energy at night. Your will still be interconnected to your local utility grid, so that you can when the system does not generate electricity, it pulls it from the grid.

Can you install batteries so I can store extra electricity?
We do not install batteries. They are expensive and need to be replaced every 5-6 years. They are require a lot of room and are hazardous to have in a dwelling. You system will push any extra power back into the grid and credit you for the power. It’s a similar concept to the rollover minutes some cell phone companies use.

What happens if there is a black out?
In the event of a black out, your system is designed to turn off. This is a safety requirement by the utility company so that their technicians can safely repair down electrical lines.

Does solar work on every  house ?
No, unfortunately solar needs a clear unobstructed view. So houses with a lot off trees will need to cut them down of they are considering solar. It also depends on the architecture of your roof. A roof with lots of angles, pipes and skylights can be difficult for installing solar. Also, we cannot install solar on a north-facing roof.

How much does it cost to go Solar?
That depends on the amount of electricity you consume, the amount of room you have on your house for solar, and the size of the system installed. That being said, Solar systems start about $12,000.00 with the average system costing about $ 28,000.00.  However, we have many purchase options including a no money down lease. If you’re the least bit curious contact us for a free, no-pressure estimate on going solar.

Will the water in the pipes freeze during the winter ?
No pipes, no water. Those are solar thermal systems and are used to pre-heat water. What we specialize in is photovoltaic which generate electricity.

How long will a solar system last?
Most of the parts on your solar system, such as solar panels, carry manufacturer’s warranties of 25 years; other parts, such as inverters, carry 10-year warranties. Most solar systems may far outlast their warranties; many of the first solar systems installed more than 30 years ago are still going strong.

How new should my roof be ?
Your roof should be in good condition and it is recommended no older than 15 years old.

How does solar help the environment?
Fossil fuels are a leading cause of global warming and air pollution. Solar energy reduces the amount of fossil fuel that is burned, thus reducing the pollutants and CO² that get into the atmosphere.

How can solar help the economy?
Right now the US has to import oil and natural gas to cover our energy needs. The cost adds up to many billions of dollars, and all of that money leaves the country. But solar energy is generated locally. The energy dollars stay at home, creating economic growth and benefiting your community.

Solar Glossary

Understanding Solar is easier if you know the terminology

Array – A number of solar modules connected together in a single structure.

Cell – The basic unit of a PV module or battery. It contains the necessary materials, such as electrodes and electrolyte in a battery, to produce electricity.

Grid-connected – An energy producing system connected to the utility transmission grid. Also called Grid-tied.

Inverter – A device that converts DC (direct current) power captured by the photovoltaic cells on solar panels into AC (alternating current) power that can be used to power your residence or place of business.

kW (kilowatt) – A measurement of power. A kilowatt is one thousand watts. The size of a solar system is often measured in kW.

Modules (aka panels) – A group of solar cells arranged into a panel that can be installed onto a flat surface – also can be called solar modules. The panel captures sunlight and converts it into DC power.

Net Metering – An electricity policy which allows utility customers to offset some or all of their energy use with self produced solar energy.

Photovoltaic (PV) – PV systems convert sunlight and ultra violet light directly into electricity.

Racking – The mounting system is the framework that holds the panels in place. Racks can be either roof mounted or ground mounted.

SRECs (Solar Renewable Energy Credits) – Energy generated by a solar system that can be sold back to the utility company.