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There’s a multitude of mixed information regarding how efficient solar panels are when the sun isn’t shining at its full potential. What if your roof gets shade? What if the weather is overcast? Here are the details:
In simple terms, the energy you produce, minus the energy you consume, equals net energy. Net energy metering (or NEM) is a solar incentive that allows you to store energy in the electric grid. Here’s what you need to know:
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Have you ever wondered how solar energy can be so efficient while becoming increasingly more affordable? To answer this question successfully, we must understand how solar energy works.
The argument for the average homeowner in the United States wanting to install solar is now better than it’s ever been because the benefits greatly outweigh the drawbacks. Here, we outline the advantages and disadvantages of going solar.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How Does Solar Energy Work?
Solar energy works by capturing the sun’s energy and turning it into electricity.
How Do Solar Panels Produce Energy?
When energy from the sun hit a solar panel, it forms an electrical circuit allowing panels to generate electricity.
Multiple panels (modules) can be wired together to form a solar array. The more panels you can deploy, the more energy you can expect to generate.
What Are Solar Panels Made Of?
Solar panels are made up of solar cells. Solar cells are made of silicon, like semiconductors. They are constructed with a positive layer and a negative layer, just like in a battery.
How Much Does A Solar Energy System Cost?
In California, the average system required is 4.23 kW. The average solar panel installation cost is $4.00 per watt. So for a 4.23 kW system, it would be $16,000 before the solar tax credit. To get a more accurate estimate for your specific needs schedule a time to speak with one of our professionals.
How Much Will My Electricity Bill Be After My Solar Installation?
Honestly, it depends on a few variables. Your solar installation’s energy production, your local electric rate, and your household’s energy consumption. However, if your solar panels produce at or above what your household uses energy wise, your electricity bill should only be the service charges your local utility provider will charge. This is usually between $10 – $20.
What Type Of Maintenance Is Required For My Solar Panel System?
Solar panels generally require very little maintenance. They are very durable and should last around 25-30 years. Washing them clean of dirt and dust two to four times a year is more then enough. This can be done with a garden hose. If you would prefer a deeper clean, using a mild soap and water is all that is recommended. Watching for leaves or snow on the panels is recommended as well.
Will I Get Two Bills? One For My Solar Panels And One For Electricity?
The short answer is yes. But your electric bill with a home solar system is based on two things. Your energy consumption needs and your electricity production goals.
Your electric bill only includes the number of kilowatt hours you’ve used from the grid. They don’t even see how much solar energy you’ve used. So, if you’ve only used power generated by your solar panels, the amount of electricity use on your bill could be zero.
How Does Using Solar Energy Help Me Save Money?
Having solar installed can help you save money in numerous ways. The most noticeable being the direct savings on your energy bill as a whole each month. Solar panels reduce dependency on your utility provider therefore cutting the amount of electricity you use from them. Instead your electricity needs are being fulfilled by solar energy, allowing you to control how much you spend on energy each month.
How Long Does A Home Solar System Last?
Solar panels are typically warrantied for 25 years, so you can expect them to last at least that long. But in reality, studies have shown panels continue to operate at reduced efficiency long after the warranty expires.
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