Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Why you should use solar power?

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Processing solar energy does not release carbon emissions, unlike coal, which many utilities use to produce electricity. … By using solar energy to power your home, greenhouse gas emissions from electricity could decrease considerably.

What are the financial benefits of solar panel?

When you install a solar energy system on your property, you save money on your electricity bills and protect yourself against rising electricity rates in the future.

What are the environmental benefits of solar energy?

Going solar reduces greenhouse gas emissions, which contribute to climate change, and also results in fewer air pollutants like sulfur dioxide and particulate matter, which can cause health problems.

How do solar panels work for your home?

Solar panels absorb energy from the sun and convert it into DC electricity. DC electricity from your solar panels is converted to AC electricity by inverter technology (AC electricity is used by most home appliances). Electricity flows through your home, powering electronic appliances and devices.

Do my solar panels produce power when the sun isn’t shining?

The amount of power your solar energy system can generate is dependent on sunlight. As a result, your solar panels will produce slightly less energy when the weather is cloudy, and no energy at night. However, because of high electricity costs and financial incentives, solar is a smart decision even if you live in a cloudy city.

What happens if there is snow on solar panels?

Solar panels convert sunshine into power, so if your panels are covered in snow they can’t produce electricity. Snow generally isn’t heavy enough to cause structural issues with your panels, and since most panels are tilted at an angle the snow will slide off. If snow does accumulate, your panels are easy to clean.

Will I still receive an electric bill if I have solar panels?

Unless your solar energy system includes battery storage and you are fully off the grid, you will still receive a bill from your utility. However, you can dramatically reduce your bill, or even cut the amount you owe to $0, with a solar panel system that matches your energy use.

How long will my solar power system last?

In general, solar panels are very durable and capable of withstanding snow, wind, and hail. The various components of your solar power system will need to be replaced at different times, but your system should continue to generate electricity for 25 to 35 years.

What are the different types of solar panels?

While every solar panel brand and the product has unique specifications, EnergySage has rated solar panels on a five-tier scale, from Poor to Fair, through Good and Very Good, and ultimately up to Excellent. The classifications are displayed on each panel page in the EnergySage Buyer’s Guide and are provided alongside every quote that is submitted through the EnergySage Solar Marketplace to help shoppers compare their options and choose the best solar panels for their needs.

What is a Solar PV System?

PV in solar panels means ‘photovoltaic’, because the panels consist of small photovoltaic cells that are connected together. PV cells are made out of semiconducting material — silicone being the most commonly used.

What is the difference between Solar PV and Solar Thermal?

solar thermal and solar PV are different technologies. Solar thermal systems are a good solution for water heating, and other direct industrial heating applications. Compared to solar thermal, solar PV systems are a relatively new technology and are beginning to be seen as a good alternative for electricity generation in many regions worldwide.

What factors are important to consider when planning to go solar?

When planning to go solar, it is important to consider:

How much of your energy needs can you meet with solar?

How much can you save by going solar?

Do you have enough shadow-free space (land or roof)?

How much do you want to invest in your solar PV system?

Every Solar PV system is customized based on your site conditions. Therefore, you need a fair assessment of your energy requirements, site conditions and the solar energy generation potential at your site which would directly impact your savings