Frequently asked questions
Using solar power is possible, thanks to the invention of solar panels. Solar panels work a lot like a plant’s chlorophyll, as the photovoltaic (PV) panels convert the sun’s energy into electrical energy.
Solar panels then use this energy to power electrical loads, which can provide electricity for various purposes, from telecommunications towers and equipment to residential and commercial establishments.
Using solar panels can also drastically lower your electricity bill. As long as your home is connected to the power grid, the electricity generated through the panels can be used to offset your total energy output. Simply put, you will only have to pay the electric company for any usage that goes over the amount of energy that you produce, plus a moderate fee to stay connected to the power grid.
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You can save a significant amount of money by switching to solar energy. The price of commercial electricity only rises every year, and every incremental increase can compound over time towards an exorbitant sum.
Using solar panels can drastically lower your electricity bill. As long as your home is connected to the power grid, the electricity generated through the panels can be used to offset your total energy output. Simply put, you will only have to pay the electric company for any usage that goes over the amount of energy that you produce, plus a moderate fee to stay connected to the power grid.
If your solar system produces more electricity than you are able to use up, the excess power flows through your electric meter and into the power grid. This will be counted as credit with the utility company, which essentially lessens your monthly bill. This also means that on a bright and sunny day, if you conserve enough energy, you can make your utility company pay you more for the surplus power.
Going solar also gets you a bonus from the Federal Government. Through the federal tax credit program, switching to solar power can net you up to 30% in federal tax credits. If you get a roof and solar installed, you can also get up to a 30% tax credit on a portion of your roof’s total cost.
The savings you can get from tax credits plus the long-term savings you get from cutting off that commercial energy contract should be more than enough to pay for your solar setup in no time.
We use the most advanced software on the market to calculate your production needs. Our program factors in many complex formulas in developing a highly efficient and productive system for our clients. Our program considers panel angle, shading, sun path, irradiance, system degradation, present, and future utility rates, among others. Once we run all of these calculations for you, we put all of this information in a comprehensive, easy-to-read packet.
Solar micro-inverters, or simply micro-inverters, are plug-and-play devices used in photovoltaics to convert direct current (DC) from one solar module to alternating current (AC) connected to a single solar panel. String inverters do the same DC to AC conversion, but this system connects a single inverter to multiple solar panels.
If a micro-inverter shuts down, only the connected solar panel needs to be repaired. When a string inverter shuts down, it affects the entire power system in place. Due to this and the fact that technology is continually evolving to improve micro-inverter setups, more homeowners choose to use micro-inverters for their solar systems due to their durability and optimized energy distribution.
On average, solar panels can last for 25-30 years. It can go significantly longer than that depending on the manufacturer, as the quality of materials used is an important factor.
The first 25-30 years of a solar panel is considered it’s “prime” condition. During this time, the panel can perform to the best of its ability. After year 30, assuming the panels are well-maintained and undamaged, it can still do its job but less efficiently. Depending on your financial situation, you can either keep on using the panels despite the slow production of electricity or you can opt for a replacement panel that can convert sunlight to energy at a high rate.