Solar Panel System Frequently Asked Questions
What happens on days that aren’t sunny?
On sunny days, your panels will generate the highest amount of energy possible, but even on cloudy days, they will still produce some power. Of course, your home or business will always be connected to the local power company’s grid so you will never have to worry if your systems is not producing maximum power.
Does my local electric company pay me for surplus power?
In many cases, yet. Your utility company will install a meter that keeps track of the energy your system produces. You will need to check with your utility company to see if they allow net metering.
What is net metering?
A system in which solar panels or other renewable energy generators are connected to a public-utility power grid and surplus power is transferred onto the grid, allowing customers to offset the cost of power drawn from the utility.
The winter here can be pretty cold. Will my solar system still produce power?
Yes! Even in the winter, the sun shines, so your panels will be adsorbing energy and converting it to electricity for your home or business.
Is solar worth it if I plan on selling my home?
Yes. Solar panel systems are a great investment no matter how long you will be in your home. First off, you will realize immediate savings in energy costs. The savings will continue each money and add up steadily. Second, your home’s value will increase because of its increase energy efficiency. Lastly, you’ll be reducing your carbon footprint, an effect that will be felt by generations to come.
How long will my solar panel system last?
Most solar panels have 25-year manufacturer’s warranty but most systems will outlive that. Systems are also full insurable against damage.