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General Solar Panels

Are solar panels very expensive?

While the use of solar energy has been growing exponentially in the last twenty years, the prices of PV cells have been dropping.  Because solar energy is such an environmentally friendly solution, there are grants and incentives for the installation of panels. Based on current average electricity costs, and assuming modest inflation of energy prices, the payback period should be between 8 and 10 years.

Do solar panels work in bad weather?

Solar panels can collect solar energy throughout the year. However, the conversion of solar energy from solar panels is reduced when there is no direct sun exposure. This means that during cloudy days, solar panels work at 50% of their total capacity.

How much roof space do I need?

On average, you need 100 square feet of space to generate 1 kW of solar energy. Considering that a typical household uses around 40-50 kilowatts of electricity per day, it is safe to assume that to supply all of your electricity or heating needs with solar energy, you may need up to 500 square feet of roof space.

What is the average lifespan of a solar panel?

Solar panels installed today will produce a reasonable amount of solar energy for about 30 to 40 years, without the need for replacing them.

Solar Energy Basics

What is the advantage of solar panels?

The advantage of solar panels is the ability to get power for your home from the sun, instead of power from fossil fuels and limited resources.

How does solar energy work?

Photovoltaic panels absorb the energy from the suns ultraviolet rays, sends the energy to an inverter that changes the direct current into an alternating current making the energy usable for your home.

Installation

Can a homeowner install their own solar system?

In a world where everyone can DIY, anything is possible. However, anyone dealing with electricity should be a licensed electrician, bonded and insured! The liability of installing your own solar system is so great, that your warranty is normally Noll and void if it is Not installed by a licensed electrician with an ER/EC license.

Do solar panels last forever?

Solar panels can last you as little as one year or as many as 50 years!  The best warranty that you can receive is a 30-year warranty! Some companies, such as Silfab Solar, will guarantee that the panels will produce over 80% even in year 30.

Do solar panels need maintenance?

Solar panels are extremely low maintenance, but it is recommended that you have them cleaned once a year. This will only help the production by eliminating debris, Pollen, etc.

Benefits of Solar Energy

Does solar increase the value of my home?

According to Zillow, the value of the homes increase in value on average 4.6% nationwide by adding Solar to your home. It will be higher in some areas and lower in others.

Benefits of solar energy?

The benefits of solar energy include but aren’t limited to:

  • Eliminating your power bill.
  • Reducing your carbon footprint.
  • Increasing the value of your home.

How does solar energy save me money?

Solar energy saves you money because you’re no longer paying a Power Company to rent your power. You become the power company receiving your energy from the sun. Same energy from a different source.

Solar Energy Tax Credits

What is federal tax credit for solar?

The federal tax credit is given to people who pay income tax to the government. Currently, it is at a 26% rate off of the total purchase. You must qualify!

Solar Savings and Your Electric Bill

Do you really save money with solar panels?

Yes! You do save money with solar panels if you have the 100% offset! Solar panels are the safest and easiest way to eliminate your electric bill and put some extra money in your pocket!

Do you still pay electricity bills with solar panels?

If you are still paying electric bills to your power company after going solar, your system is in adequate. The system size that you need should be equivalent to the total amount of kilowatt-hours you used in the previous 12 month period. If you have anything less than that, it is possible that you will still have a power bill with the power company, and a bill for your solar.

If I have solar panels do, I still pay for electricity?

If you have solar panels that generate the same amount of electricity that you would generate without solar panels, you will not have to pay for electricity.

How long does it take to recoup the cost of solar panels?

To recoup the cost on your solar panels, the time frame can range anywhere from three years to 12 years, depending on the money-back you receive from the government as a tax credit, the money-back you receive from your power company as a true-up, a lot of other factors

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