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Q: How do I use the electricity from my solar systems?
A:The electricity generated by a solar system works just like the electricity delivered by your local utility. After passing through a component called an inverter, the direct current (DC) electricity generated by photovoltaic panels is converted to alternating current (AC), the type of electricity that you access through the outlets in your application.
Q: Will a system produce enough energy to handle all my electricity needs?
A:Providing you have enough space, a solar system can be appropriately sized to meet all of your electricity needs, but in most cases it is not necessary for a system to cover all of your needs in order to be cost-effective. For instance, if your utility charges are based on a tiered rate structure, you pay an incrementally higher rate for each kWh that you use; in this case, simply eliminating the most expensive portion of your consumption has a noticeable effect on your monthly utility bill. We will assist you in deciding what size system is best for your needs.
Q: How much electricity will my solar system produce?
A: The amount of electricity generated by a solar system is dependent upon several factors, primarily system size and your local geographic and environmental conditions. The solar estimator will factor in your local conditions and provide you with an estimate of the amount of electricity that a system will produce for your needs.
Q: Will I still need a utility provider? Do I need to be connected to the grid?
A: Unless you choose a stand-alone system with batteries, you will still need to be connected to the grid through your local utility. While you generate the bulk of your own electricity during the peak hours of daylight and demand, your utility will seamlessly take over and continue to supply your electricity at night and on very cloudy days. For remote, off-grid applications in which utility access is not feasible, stand-alone systems are ideal.
Q: How will I know if my solar system is working?
A: Since PV is a motionless and noiseless technology, the exclusive solar system display will allow you to keep track of how much electricity your system is producing at any given moment and cumulatively over time.
Q: How durable is a solar systems?
A: Solar systems are very durable. The panels have passed a standard battery of tests and are built to withstand winds of up to 125 miles per hour and 1 inch hail.
Q: How long does a solar system last?
A: Solar modules typically last for more than 30 years and your system inverter should last more than 10 years.
Q: What happens at night?
A: Since PV technology requires sunlight to produce electricity, your system will not produce during the dark hours of the night. Your local utility will continue to supply your electricity at night unless you purchase a system with a battery backup.
Q: What happens on cloudy days?
A: Since PV technology requires sunlight to produce electricity, the bulk of your electricity production will take place in sunny conditions. Output is directly proportionate to the amount of sunlight available at any given moment, so systems can generate 50 — 70% of their typical output under bright overcast conditions but production will continue to diminish as less light reaches the surface of the modules.
Q: In what temperatures will a solar system operate?
A: Solar modules operate in temperatures ranging from-13 to 122 deg.F(-25 to 50 degrees C).Since PV modules are electronic devices that generate electricity directly from light, not heat, solar panels actually work better in cooler temperature.
Q: What is the warranty on a solar system?
A: Solar modules are warranted for 25 years.
Q: What is Net Metering?
A: Net metering is a regulation that obliges utilities to allow excess energy generated by PV systems to be sent to the grid, thus spinning the meter backward. This arrangement allows all electricity produced by your solar system to be used to offset the remaining portion of your utility bill.
Q: What government incentives are available that will lower the price of my solar system?
A: Various States in United State currently has some of the best incentive plans for solar in the world.
For recognized systems, the Energy Commission will pay almost half of your system costs.
About 30% Federal tax credit is also available.
Q: Who will help me apply for the available incentives?
A: We will take care of the application process to secure these rebates for you.
Q: Will a solar system work with my home?
A: To have solar panels installed on your roof, you must own a home that has enough roof space free from obstructions and is not shaded during the key sun hours of the day. A southern orientation is ideal but east and west facing roofs can still capture over 80% of the power of a true south-facing roof. Both flat roofs and tilted roofs are fine. Ground mounted systems are also available.
Q: What size system should I get?
A: The size you choose is a trade off between the amount of money you want to invest and the amount of electricity you want to produce. A typical US home uses 5 kWp of electricity or approximately 13,000 kWh per year. You can ask your utility provider or you can look at your old electricity bill to calculate how much electricity your home typically uses. But remember, you do not need to cover all your electricity needs with a solar system to add value to your home. Under the tiered rate structure used by most utilities, the solar electricity generated by the system - even just a few kWp - can remove you from a higher charge bracket. The only other condition in deciding proper system size is the amount of suitable space available on your roof. To be suitable, you must have unobstructed, non-shaded roof area, either flat or a sloped, at an orientation other than North. You need roughly 100 square feet of roof space for each kWp that you wish to produce.
Q: How much does a solar system cost?
A: The total cost for purchasing and installing the solar system is based on the size of system you require, the available incentives and subsidies that are available in your area, and the specific details of the layout of your facility.
Q: How do I purchase a solar system?
A: The solar system can be purchased by requesting a quote using e-mail or fax with your contact information.
Q: Will I need approval from my homeowners association?
A:Some States prohibits homeowners associations from restricting solar devices. You should review your homeowners association bylaws. You can also ask us about state laws that prohibit the restriction of solar devices.
Q: Can I increase the size of my solar system at a later date?
A: Yes, provided you have the available roof space.
Q: How long will it take to install?
A: It will typically take two days for a professional installation.